Acts 9:36-43 - Sunday Scripture Reflection
Updated: May 13
On this Fourth Sunday of Easter, we read from the Book of Acts and hear a powerful story of the healing power of Christ. A faithful follower of Christ, Tabitha of Joppa, has fallen ill and died; the friends of Tabitha call on Peter to come and say prayers over her. The healing power of Christ, given through Peter's prayers, raises Tabitha from death. We will explore the miraculous healing power of Jesus, and discuss faith and confidence in praying to God for healing in our difficulties, and compare this approach to the idea of praying for cures and specific outcomes; and we will reflect on miracles in our lives.
Our Scripture passage is found in the Book of Acts. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (Acts 9:36-43).
For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):
Read the Scripture assigned for the week, and reflect on how you might have felt if you were one of the widows of Joppa, who depended on Tabitha and loved her very much. How might your life change now that Tabitha's presence is no longer part of the community?
Read the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below and reflect on the following questions: What was the source of Peter's power to heal? What was the result for the community as they experienced the raising of Tabitha from the dead?
Read the "WHERE..." paragraph below and reflect on the following: What does Tabitha's status in the culture as a widow, coupled with her designation as a disciple, say to you about the new reality of God's reign?
Read the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below and reflect on the importance of individuals as they witness to the power of Christ in their community. Do you know any "Tabitha" type people in your community; and how do these people help others in their journey to have confidence to witness to Christ in their lives?
Read the "NOW WHAT..." paragraph below and reflect on the following question: What is the difference between praying for a "cure" and praying for "healing?" Does the idea of being open to "God's healing" make a difference? Is it a broader way of looking at how the future might unfold, or simply a slight difference in definition for you?