Paul was on a roll. After 2 years of work, it was finally time to leave Ephesus. So on the night before his parting, He spent the night giving final instruction and encouragement. During the course of his emotional and final farewell, one of the young people fell asleep and then fell out of a window to his death. Paul quickly went to the young man and raised him from the dead–then went back to his sermon…that carried on til dawn. At the end, the people took the boy home alive, and were greatly comforted.
It is crazy that Paul’s raising of the dead barely raised an eyebrow. It was a tribute to Paul’s leadership, faith and God’s hand on the community. Imagine, they went right back to the teaching. They ate a midnight snack…No uproar, no media coverage–just business as usual. If we trusted God to that level, imagine how the church would impact the world. We, who trust God for life itself–would fear nothing or no one. We would simply move forward with the mission knowing he would execute his plan.
In these chaotic times, God has not changed. The world really has not changed and the only moving part is our faith and our hearts. We cannot control sin in the world. We can cast our votes and pray without ceasing…but, at day’s end, God is still in charge. and like the boy, we are in his hands–live or die, he brings life and works his plan. We simply have to trust him to love us and complete his plan in our lives. If we will, we will see life changing miracles. Funny thing, however, we may become so used to them that they don’t even stop the sermon…!
God Bless You
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.
Paul’s Farewell to the Ephesian Elders
13 We went on ahead to the ship and sailed for Assos, where we were going to take Paul aboard. He had made this arrangement because he was going there on foot. 14 When he met us at Assos, we took him aboard and went on to Mitylene. 15 The next day we set sail from there and arrived off Chios. The day after that we crossed over to Samos, and on the following day arrived at Miletus. 16 Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus to avoid spending time in the province of Asia, for he was in a hurry to reach Jerusalem, if possible, by the day of Pentecost.
17 From Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church. 18 When they arrived, he said to them: “You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I came into the province of Asia. 19 I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of my Jewish opponents. 20 You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house. 21 I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.