Lesson 12 February 18, 2018
Faithful Disciples Do Good Tabitha is the only woman in the Bible who is actually called a “disciple.” Other women no doubt were disciples, but Tabitha had the distinction of actually being named such. It is proper for Tabitha to be called a disciple because she had learned well the lessons that a disciple is to learn, namely, doing good and helping the poor. This is exactly what our Lord did (Acts 10:38; Luke 4:18). Part of Tabitha’s goodness was evident in her ministry as a seamstress. She made robes and clothing for widows. She exemplified the important ministry to widows envisioned in 1Timothy 5:3, 4. She gave herself to doing good deeds (Ephesians 2:10; Titus 2:14).
Faithful Disciples Just Go There is something wonderfully simple about the first phrase in verse 39, “Peter went with them.” In doing this Peter followed the example of Jesus. When a centurion requested help for his servant, Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.” That is what a faithful disciple does. He just goes. We may not be able to relieve suffering with the miraculously divine intervention available to Jesus and Peter, but we can just go. Presence matters when grief is present.
Lydia became sick and died. Some of the “faithful disciples” of the church in Joppa heard that Peter was close by. Their plea was earnest, “Please come at once!” Peter went with them. He had a private worship moment in the room where Tabitha laid, (got down on his knees and prayed), turned to Tabitha, and told her to get up. She did. Peter helped her to her feet, called the believers, and presented her to them alive. This was the first bodily resurrection since that of Jesus. It was big news.
Faithful Disciples Get Stretched No doubt this word traveled fast. It became known all over the town. Luke used one of his summary phrases for conversions by saying, “Many people believed in the Lord.” This was shorthand for church growth (see Acts 2:47; 6:7; 9:31). When disciples are faithful it ultimately leads to a wider embrace of the gospel by every tribe, people, tongue, and nation.
Based on Christian Standard Writings
Submitted by Donna Reed
Dr. Craig M. Jenkins, Pastor
Beth Eden Baptist Church