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Dorcas is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew name Tabitha. She was no doubt known among both groups of people. She is certainly a woman worthy of our study for she appears to have been a noble Christian woman. Her name has been associated with the organization of groups that sew for the poor. They are known as "Dorcas Societies."

1. She not only talked and thought about doing good for others, but the goodness of her heart was poured out as benevolent works that benefited many. "Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did" (Acts 9:36)

2. Even the best of people suffer and die; as did our Lord Jesus Christ. Dorcas also became ill and died far too soon for those who knew and loved her. "And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber" (Acts 9:37)

3. She was loved by a great many people and they cherished the clothes she had made for them. Their tears revealed their sense of grief and deep loss. "Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and showing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them" (Acts 9:39)

4. God performed a great miracle by which she was restored to physical life. Very few have ever been so richly blessed of the Lord. "But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive. And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord" (Acts 9:40 -42).

Even though she is mentioned only in this passage, is is easy to recognize her true greatness. Many saints of God were never mentioned in the Holy Scriptures but since it pleased God to do so; she is certainly to be considered as we study the Bible. May we strive to imitate her deeds of compassion and love. May God use us all for the good of those who are around us, for His glory and praise.

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