Friday, November 2, 2018
“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” (Acts 20:9 KJV).
What can the context of today’s Scripture teach us about the Dispensation of Grace?
The Apostle Paul and his traveling companions are on his third apostolic journey. Having left Greece, en route to Jerusalem, they navigate southward along the shore of western Turkey (Asia, or Asia Minor). Now we turn to the Bible to pick up the account: “ And we sailed away from Philippi [Macedonia, northern Greece] after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas [western Turkey] in five days; where we abode seven days.  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.  And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.
“ 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.  And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.  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.  And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted.”
It is such a nice, heartwarming story, right? While listening to Paul’s lengthy sermon, a young man, Eutychus, falls asleep. Eutychus falls from a high position and actually dies, but Paul raises him from the dead. Let us stop and think. Could there be something there beyond a historical account of a Pauline miracle? If we are Bible students, and not merely Bible skimmers, the Scriptures will yield up for us an eye-opening account of the very nature of this the Dispensation of the Grace of God….