- Acts 20:6-10
- Acts 20:6 (KJB)
- 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.
- Paul and Luke had arrived in Philippi in time for the Feast of
Unleavened Bread in April of 57 A.D. The first time Paul was there he had to
leave quickly because of the mistreatment he received by the town rulers, so
now he wanted to go back and visit them in a more relaxed atmosphere.
Towards the end of Paul’s first Roman imprisonment, he had written the
letter to the Philippians partially in response of their gift to him. Once
the feast was ended, they had gone to Troas where they met up with the seven
men who were waiting for them.
- Acts 20:7 (KJB)
- 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.
- Paul had probably gone to the synagogue on the Old Testament sabbath but
the next day being Sunday, the disciples came together to break bread. They
probably celebrated the Lord’s Supper and then had a meal together. Paul
took the opportunity to preach to these Christians because he had plans to
leave the next day. So Paul really must have had some sermon since he was
able to continue preaching until midnight. He probably hit on every topic he
could and probably answered any questions the believers had.
- Acts 20:8 (KJB)
- And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were
- They gathered in a large room which would have held anywhere between
200-500 people. They had sufficient lighting because the Greek text states
they had considerable amount of lights, oil lamps. This was a very large
group of people who had attended the service of Paul. The next verse attests
to how large a gathering it was.
- Acts 20:9 (KJB)
- 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.
- There was such a large crowd that people were even sitting on the window
sills which was a dangerous place to sit because of the height. A young man
name Eutychus had listened to Paul’s preaching but as the hour grew late, he
started to fall asleep until he finally fell asleep. Then after he fell
asleep, he had fallen from the third story window and was pronounced dead on
the pavement. He was definitely dead because the Greek word is “nekrous”
which means “lifeless.” He may have been sitting in the window because it
was cooler but we will never know the reason and it is unimportant.
- Acts 20:10 (KJB)
- And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said,
Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.
- Paul had immediately attended unto that situation. Paul had leaned over
him and prayed as Elijah did for the son of the widow of Zarephath. (1 Kings
17:17-24) Apparently the Jews had already started to wail over the death of
the man but Paul had told them to stop because the Lord was about ready to
do a resurrection. Once Paul leaned over him and embraced him, his life
returned back into him.