The Gospel had caused such an uproar, that Paul knew it was time to move on and start back to Jerusalem. It is interesting that Luke spent a great deal of time recounting the group that traveled with Paul. It is an important issue. We often forget that these great men did not spread the Gospel on their own. Sure, the Spirit led them, empowered them, and equipped them; but God also shows us the importance of community in this journey.
Paul had Luke, but he also had men like Timothy, Erastus, Epaphroditus and others at various points to aid and encourage Him as he spread the Gospel. In other parts of the Bible, we know that David Had his mighty men, Moses had His brother and Joshua to walk beside him and lift his tired arms in battle.
In our lives, we need to build and be community for our other brothers and sisters in Christ. We do rely on God and His power, but it is better when we face those days with brothers and sisters that know us and walk with us through the battles. We can never think it is an imposition to seek fellowship and support from the body of Christ. That is how God planned it and what He enjoys watching in our daily lives.
God Bless You
When the uproar had ended, Paul sent for the disciples and, after encouraging them, said goodbye and set out for Macedonia. 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.
Eutychus Raised From the Dead at Troas
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.