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Aeneas and Dorcas July 8, 2016

Posted by flashbuzzer in Books, Christianity.
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Here are my thoughts on Acts 9:32-43.

Summary: In this passage, Peter performed the following miracles:

  • healing a paralytic named Aeneas in Lydda
  • raising a disciple named Dorcas from the dead in Joppa after praying to God.

Both of these miracles caused many people to believe in Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah.

Thoughts: I am eager to meet Aeneas and Dorcas in the next life and learn more about them. How was Aeneas paralyzed? What were his thoughts and emotions after Peter healed him, and how did he praise God after that watershed moment? As for Dorcas, how did she come to believe in Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah? Who were the relatively needy people whom she helped by making “robes and other clothing?” What were her thoughts and emotions when Peter raised her from the dead, and how did she praise God after that watershed moment?

In verse 40, we see that Peter prayed to God before raising Dorcas from the dead. Calvin offers some thoughts on this point:

When he took time to pray, it seems he was still not sure what would happen…It seems absurd that he should send all the believers out of the room – it would have been better for them to see it with their own eyes. But the Lord had not yet revealed when or how he would display his power, and so Peter wanted to be alone to pray…By withdrawing from company and praying fervently, he was plainly showing that the matter was not in his own control.

I am eager to meet Peter in the next life and ply him with questions about this prayer. Did he lament the fact that Dorcas had been overcome by her illness? Did he pray that God would be glorified if He enabled him to raise her from the dead (if so, then we see in verse 42 that God answered him in the affirmative)? How long did he pray in that upstairs room? Did the intensity of his prayer approach that of Jesus’ prayer when He was in the garden of Gethsemane? How did God reveal that He would empower him to perform this miracle?

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