Rhoda and the Rose

The Abundant Heart

red-rosesThe name Rhoda means “rose.” It was not uncommon for Hebrew parents to name their children after flowers and plants. Other such names are Susanna (lily), Hadessa (myrtle), Chloe (green herb), and Tamar (palm tree). So what can we learn from this little rose? Let’s find out.

And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda. And when she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate. And they said unto her, “Thou art mad.” But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, “It is his angel.” But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished. —Acts 12:13-16

The Background

King Herod (the Roman ruler) was coming down hard on the Christians. He killed James, the brother of…

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