“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/Through Macedonia and Greece and Eutychus Raised From the Dead at Troas

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“Through Macedonia and Greece”, Acts 20:1) And after the uproar was ceased, Paul called unto him the Disciples, and embraced them; and departed for to go into Macedonia.  2Corinthians 7:5; 1Timothy 1:3.  2) And when he had gone over those parts, and had given them much exhortation, he came into Greece,  3) And there abode three months, and when the Jews laid wait for him, as he was about to sail into Syria, he proposed to return through Macedonia.   4) And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus.  Colossians 4:10.  5) These going before tarried for us at Troas.  6) And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days.  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1,2:  The word encouraged or exhortation has a full range of meanings, from rebuking to comforting.  Encouragement included, instruction, affirmation, warning and correction.  v3-6:  he decided to return through Macedonia:   After the plot against Paul’s life was discovered, he decided he would celebrate the Passover (Exodus 12) with his friends in Philippi.  Paul was very sensitive to the Holy Spirit.  Sometimes the Spirit of God led him into difficult circumstances; other times the Spirit protected him from such circumstances.

Quest Study Bible – v4, Who were these traveling companions?  These men represented churches that Paul had started in Greece and Turkey.  Each was carrying a gift from his church to the Believers in Jerusalem (2Corinthians 8:1-21).  The generous gifts and the personal way they were delivered helped strengthen the unity of the young Christian Church.   v6, Did the early Christians continue to observe Jewish festivals?  Yes, most did.  Paul observed many Jewish customs (18:18; 21:20-26) as a cultural tradition and to keep the door of the Gospel open to the Jews.  

“Eutychus Raised From the Dead at Troas”, Acts 20:7) And upon the first day of the week, when the Disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.  John 30:1; Revelation 1:10.   8) And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.  9) And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep:  and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.  10) And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.  Matthew 9:24.  11) When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed.  12) And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted. 

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v7-12, Though the Disciples read and meditated and prayed and sung apart, and thereby kept up communion with God, yet they came together to worship God, and so kept up their communion with one another.  They came together on the first day of the week. the Lord’s day.  It is to be religiously observed by all Disciples of Christ.  In the breaking of the bread, there is remembered the breaking of Christ’s body for us, to be a sacrifice for our sins. Paul preached the Gospel, they were willing to hear and he continued his sermon till midnight.  Not knowing when they should have Paul’s company again, they made the best use of it and reckoned a night’s sleep well lost for that purpose.  * Although Eutychus had fallen asleep (our bodies are weak) and fell to his death; the Apostle’s preaching was confirmed in that nothing is impossible for God!  And the people were much comforted.

Quest Study Bible: v9-12, Eutychus:  the young man who died while listening to Paul’s long, late-night sermon was probably between eight and 14 years old.  His resuscitation by Paul undoubtedly was cause for much relief and joy.

*) This person’s opinion

More to come and God Bless You.

 

 

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