Rhoda

Rhoda is a woman who worked as a servant in the home of Mary, the mother of John. She lived during the time of the Apostles, about 2000 years ago.

When Peter was miraculously released from prison, he went to the home of Mary, mother of John. After knocking on the door, Rhoda recognized his voice:

Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door. When she recognized Peter's voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, "Peter is at the door!" (Acts 12:13-14, NIV)

The occupants of the home did not initially believe Rhoda, telling her that she was crazy because they believed Peter was still in prison. Eventually they realized it really was Peter and let him into the home.

Rhoda is mentioned by name once in scripture, in Acts 12:13.

The name Rhoda is Greek and it means "rose."

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