Tabitha, ARISE from the dead!
Tabitha means gazelle, which is a swift deer. This animal can "reach speeds up to 60 mph in short bursts and maintain speeds of 30 to 40 mph." When running, gazelles use a bouncing leap which involves springing into the air.
In the Arabic, gazelle means love poems, and God's banner over us is love (Song of Solomon 2:4).
God sees us like he sees the deer. We are leaping in the air this leap year! We are leaping into our blessings!
Habakkuk 3:19 reads,
"The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to walk on the mountain heights."
Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. 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.”
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. 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.
Acts 9:36-40 ESV
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