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Preach It! Preach It! Brother Paul


 
 

BIBLE READING

 

2 He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece, 3 where he stayed three months. Because some Jews had plotted against him just as he was about to sail for Syria, he decided to go back through Macedonia. 4 He was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy also, and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia. 5 These men went on ahead and waited for us at Troas. 6 But we sailed from Philippi after the Festival of Unleavened Bread, and five days later joined the others at Troas, where we stayed seven days.


7 On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight. 8 There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. 9 Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. 10 Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “He’s alive!” 11 Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left. 12 The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted.
 

Preach It! Preach It! Brother Paul

 


I am so impressed with the group of believers that accompanied Eutychus in listening to Paul preach. We are told that Paul “prolonged his speech until midnight.” However, it seems as though the group gathered in the room that night recognized that Paul’s message of Christ was far more important than anything else that they could be doing. It appears that sleep and schedules were not that important. Those gathered wanted to soak up every bit of God’s message that they could. Time was not a factor. Tasks could wait. How challenging is this for us in 2021?


We note how sincere in hearing what Paul was teaching/preaching these people were, as not even a fatal freak accident deterred their attention for long. Eutychus fell asleep and to his death, but Paul, through the power of the Holy Spirit, raised him back to life. Can you imagine that scene? Maybe I am misreading this text in some way but what I read is that after Paul restores life to Eutychus, the group carried on as if nothing happened: “[Paul] talked until daylight,” we read. “The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted.”


In the light of this story, I think about how easily distracted I get when listening to a sermon, praying, or reading Scripture in my personal quiet time. Does this ever happen to you? Yes, Pastor’s get distracted in their devotional times too. Within moments of opening my Bible App, I end up scrolling through emails, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. To think that these believers went from witnessing a deadly fall right back to listening to Paul amazes me.


So perhaps the take away from this account is that the most valuable thing you and I can do with our time and attention is listen to God. Let us Join together in the challenge to let God interrupt our schedules. Let us make the most of every opportunity we have to listen to, and hear God’s voice through his word. May our passion for God and God’s word create in us a hunger so great that everything else pales in comparison.


 
Psalm 119:105
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.

2 Peter 1:19
We also have the word of the prophets as confirmed beyond doubt. And you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

Proverbs 6:23
For this commandment is a lamp, this teaching is a light .
 

God, teach me to hear Your voice.

Draw me into Your presence and open my ears.

Help me to listen attentively for that still, small voice.

Help me to block out the thunder of this world, and tune into Your voice alone.

Help me to find the time to be still and wait.

Help my heart to resonate with Your words, and help me be obedient to that which I hear. Amen


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