From Acts 18-20
This post is part of my bible in a year series.
Passage and Comments
This account is potentially amusing. It seems Paul can talk for a long time and put people to sleep.
7 On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight. 8 There were many lamps in the upper room where we were gathered. 9 And a young man named Eutychus, sitting at the window, sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked still longer. And being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead. 10 But Paul went down and bent over him, and taking him in his arms, said, “Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him.” 11 And when Paul had gone up and had broken bread and eaten, he conversed with them a long while, until daybreak, and so departed. 12 And they took the youth away alive, and were not a little comforted. (Acts 20.7-12)
I can imagine Eutychus dropping off to sleep. Perhaps some of what Paul was speaking about dragged on a bit. But falling down from the third story stands out don’t you think? They ‘were not a little comforted’!
Another aspect of this account is that they were having a time of fellowship. They were sharing their stories about the way God had been involved in their lives and using them in their ministry. Paul and his crew had done this a number of times in their lives and I bet they had lots of things to talk about.
I would expect these things to include;
- The people they met who accepted the gospel
- The opposition they faced to themselves and the gospel
- Healings and miracles they have seen or God had done through them
- Various ways God had delivered them from trouble
Christian life and service is a common bond all believers share. God is always working in peoples lives in different ways and I believe it is a necessary part of the Christian life to share how we are going and what God has been doing with other brothers and sisters in Christ. Its encouraging for all of us.
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