- Acts 20:36-38
- Acts 20:36 (KJB)
- And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all.
- Once Paul had finished his speaking to them, they then went to their
knees and he prayed with them all. I am sure in his prayer, he asked the
Lord to watch over them and to strengthen them when the persecution comes.
It was probably also a prayer of encouragement. It was no doubt a fervent
prayer and probably lasted quite a while because Paul knew how to pray.
- Acts 20:37 (KJB)
- And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him,
- Sore - considerable, long, much
- After they had completed their praying, there was a time of weeping
because they knew the time for Paul to depart was upon them and they knew
that in this world they would never see him again. It was a time of great
sadness because he had been like a father to them yet it was a time of
rejoicing because of them having come to know Paul in this life and knowing
that some day, they will be together with him eternally. It is where they
all are right now just waiting for the consummation of the age. In Bible
times, the kiss was a sign of affection and love for an individual and now
it was a kiss of farewell. This is why Judas added a new dimension to the
kiss when he kissed the Lord Jesus Christ in the garden. We know of it as a
“kiss of betrayal or kiss of death.”
- Acts 20:38 (KJB)
- Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they should see
his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.
- This was not just an ordinary parting of the ways, it was the final time
they would ever see Paul and this gave them considerable sorrow. Paul’s
ministry to them had evoked a love for him because he always put them first
in his mind. They also reciprocated with their great love for him. Then as a
further and final show of respect for Paul, they accompanied him to the ship
at Miletus and I am sure they waited to see the ship go out of sight and
then went back to the church in Ephesus and reported to them about Paul
never coming back which probably evoked more sorrow in their hearts.