Word for the Week...OCT 3---9 / 2005

(v.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.(v8) And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.(v.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.(v.10) And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves,; for his life is in him.(v.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.(v.12) And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted." 

It has been said that the preacher can only minister one of two things: life...or death ! In this passage we see that Paul and his brethren experienced both ! The main points to note here are...

[1] A clear example of the early Church celebrating The Lord's supper on the first Day of the week, our Sunday. Saturday was a Sabbath, the seventh and last day of the Jewish week.

[2] The oil lamps supplied the lights. Is there enough 'oil' in our lamp to 'shine a light' for The Lord ?

[3] Long sermons are nothing new !, neither are multi-storey buildings !

[4] The miracle of being brought back to life must have had a profound effect on the young man Eutychus, as well as his brethren.

[5] The young man was in the right place, at the right time, for the right purpose, in the right spirit, and the right company. The spirit was willing, though the flesh was weak; probably after a hard day's work. The Lord will fulfil His purpose for those He Has called.

May The Lord Bless you.  

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