Acts Chapter Twenty part 2, A study of Acts 20:6, Acts 20:7, Acts 20:8, and Acts 20:9 & 10 with our Common Man's Commentary

Acts 20:6

"But we sailed from Philippi after the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and five days later joined the others at Troas, where we stayed seven days." NIV translation

Paul stayed in Philippi to spend the Feast of Unleavened Bread and we may ask ourselves why he observed this or any other Jewish feast. We remember that Paul was taught the Old Testament by one of the most famous Jewish teachers before he came to Christ. After he accepted Christ, Paul was able to understand the meaning of these feasts and how they all pointed to Jesus even before He came into the world. For the Jews, this particular feast was a remembrance of the deliverance of God's people from slavery in Egypt but, for Christians, it was also a picture of the coming of Jesus to deliver us from the slavery of sin.

Acts 20:7

"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." NIV translation

The body of believers met on the first day of the week (Sunday). This did not change the Sabbath day as many say but was simply a time where they got together and worshiped the Lord. We are called to worship every day and so we can worship on the Sabbath (Saturday) and on the first day (Sunday) as well as the other five days of the week. They broke bread as Jesus had instructed at His last supper and shared the Word.

Acts 20:8

"There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting." NIV translation

They were not hiding in fear as, with lights burning in the middle of the night, it would have been obvious to others that they were meeting.

Acts 20:9 & 10

"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. Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. 'Don't be alarmed,' he said. 'He's alive!'" NIV translation

In the face of tragedy, Paul sprang into action and simply trusted God to bring the young man back to life. We may say that Paul was special (and he was) but that same power is available to us today. Paul acted in faith and, if we act in faith, God will answer our prayers as well.

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