Dorcas in The Bible

By lan Warner


You will find the story of Dorcas in the Bible in Acts, chapter 9. At this point in the story of the early Church, Peter is going around performing miracles in the name of Jesus. He heals Aeneas, who was a bedridden man because he was paralyzed. Peter heals him in the name of Jesus and then tells him to rise and that he did.

A town close to Lydda named Joppa is where Dorcas resided. Peter went from Lydda to Joppa with the power of Jesus Christ to perform a miracle in his name.

Name: Dorcas (Tabitha)
Book in The Bible:
Acts 9: 36-43
Associated With:
Peter
Role in God's Story:
 A miracle that comforted the people seeing one of the most loved members of the community be able to return to her good works—a reminder of the miraculous power and wonder of Jesus Christ.


Introduction to Dorcas

There is not a wealth of information on Dorcas. She would be considered a minor character in the Bible as she is only mentioned in a few verses within Acts, chapter 9.

The Bible states that she was full of good works and very charitable. While living the life of a giver, she became ill and died. Peter then found and asked everyone to leave the room so he could pray over her dead body. Then when he said the rise, she did, and it was all in the name of Jesus.

Important Bible Verses With Dorcas

Acts 9:36-43

36 Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. 37 In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. 38 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, “Please come to us without delay.” 39 So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them. 40 But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. 41 And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then, calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. 42 And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. 43 And he stayed in Joppa for many days with one Simon, a tanner.

What You Can Learn From Dorcas

Positives

  • Charitabe 
  • Give to others
  • Loved by her community

Negatives

  • She Died

How Dorcas Points to Christ

The Power of Christ

  • Peter is not saving people in his strength, but he is leaning on Jesus 
  • Christ can accomplish things that no one else or that nothing else can

Discipleship

  • In the Gospels, Jesus spent the majority of his time pouring into 12 people (Peter being one of them). 
  • Dorcas could not have been raised if not for Jesus pouring into Peter. 

Work Won't Save You 

  • Dorcas was doing many good works, and she died right in the middle of doing these things
  • Your work will not spare you from feeling the sin curse

lan Warner

About the author

Ian Warner is a believer, husband, and father of three. He grew up running track in Toronto before earning a scholarship to Iowa State University. At Iowa State, he became an All-American and made the 2012 Olympic team. He currently helps people to build better habits and follow Jesus Christ.

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