Tabitha, Get Up!

May 25, 2009 at 5:40 pm | Posted in Devotional thoughts | Leave a comment

        Acts 9:40. “Tabitha, get up.”  When I read these words of Peter, it sent me down an interesting chain of thoughts.  I preached through Mark about eight years ago, and I remember being very impressed by the insertion of an Aramaic sentence in the Greek telling of one story.  Since the Gospel of Mark is widely accepted as Peter’s teachings about Jesus, I saw the story as though the actual words of Jesus were so engraved in Peter’s mind that when he told the story over and over, and when Mark heard it, he couldn’t help but use the original Aramaic of Jesus.  So when Mark later recorded the story, he too put that phrase in Aramaic.  The story is of the raising of Jairus’ daughter, and the Aramaic phrase is “Talitha koum,” which means “Child, get up.”  In the Acts story referenced here, the Greek name of this woman was Dorcas and the Aramaic name was Tabitha (v. 36).  If Peter were speaking in Aramaic, the native language of the area, when he raised this woman from the dead, then what he said was, “Tabitha koum!” – a sentence just one letter different than the one Jesus used.  And, just like Jesus, Peter took her by the hand and helped her up.  The parallels are too close to be an accident – Peter had to have been thinking of the first situation when he dealt with this one.  So once again I see how vivid the memory of Jairus’ daughter was to Peter.  May Jesus’ workings in our lives be so vivid, we can never forget them!

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