- Acts 12:11-16
- James 5:16
- Joshua 1:9
- Mark 9:24
Acts 12:11 - 16 (NASB)
11When Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I know for sure that the Lord has sent forth His angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.”
12And when he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John who was also called Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying.
13When he knocked at the door of the gate, a servant-girl named Rhoda came to answer.
14When she recognized Peter’s voice, because of her joy she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter was standing in front of the gate.
15They said to her, “You are out of your mind!” But she kept insisting that it was so. They kept saying, “It is his angel.”
16But Peter continued knocking; and when they had opened the door, they saw him and were amazed.
Rhoda: (Gk. Rose)
- Rhoda was a servant.
A servant girl at Mary’s house, the mother of Mark. Mark, aka John Mark, and author of the Gospel of Mark was also the cousin of Barnabus and a missionary companion of Apostle Paul. (Acts 12)
- Rhoda was courageous.
The knock at the door might have been that of Herod’s soldiers, coming to arrest more believers. It took courage for the servant Rhoda to go to the door. Joshua 1:9 (ESV) 9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your
God is with you wherever you go.”
- Rhoda was a prayer warrior.
(a) many people were praying, (b) they were praying earnestly, (c) they prayed night and day for
perhaps as long as a week. But a lowly servant girl recognized Peter’s voice and rejoiced that he was free. James 5:16 (KJV) “…pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
- Rhoda was a joyful messenger.
Rhoda was the first one to know of Peter’s deliverance, and she carried the joyful message to others. She did not let their doubts stop her from sharing what she knew was true: God had done the impossible. Even in the face of their unbelief, she was unrelenting in her joy.
Monday Morning Moment: “Since God graciously honors even the weakest faith, how much more would He do if we totally trusted Him.” Mark 9:24 “….I believe; help my unbelief!”