Acts Devotional, November 19, 2020

Acts Devotional, November 19, 2020

Acts 20:1-12

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After the uproar had ceased, Paul sent for the disciples; and after encouraging them and saying farewell, he left for Macedonia. When he had gone through those regions and had given the believers much encouragement, he came to Greece, where he stayed for three months. He was about to set sail for Syria when a plot was made against him by the Jews, and so he decided to return through Macedonia. He was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Beroea, by Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, by Gaius from Derbe, and by Timothy, as well as by Tychicus and Trophimus from Asia. They went ahead and were waiting for us in Troas; but we sailed from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and in five days we joined them in
Troas, where we stayed for seven days.

On the first day of the week, when we met to break bread, Paul was holding a discussion with them; since he intended to leave the next day, he continued speaking until midnight. There were many lamps in the room upstairs where we were meeting. A young man named Eutychus, who was
sitting in the window, began to sink off into a deep sleep while Paul talked still longer. Overcome by sleep, he fell to the ground three floors below and was picked up dead. But Paul went down, and bending over him took him in his arms, and said, “Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him.” Then Paul went upstairs, and after he had broken bread and eaten, he continued to converse with them until dawn; then he left. Meanwhile they had taken the boy away alive and were not a little comforted.

Want to dig deeper? Additional Scripture Suggestions:

Exodus 12:14-15

1 Corinthian 16:2

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1 Corinthians 10:16

1 Kings 17:17-24

Time for Reflection
In addition to the 4 questions found on the attached bookmark consider the following:

Luke quickly shares a summary of several months of Paul’s activity until he reaches Troas and the story of Eutychus. Why do you think this moment was describe in such detail after the brief descriptions of the previous months?

How does the church today determine when to focus on the larger picture and when to focus on the more immediate and practical issues?

 

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