S. S. Times
And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came to them to Troas in five days…
I. AN EARNEST PREACHER (ver. 7, Acts 9:20; Acts 17:2; Romans 15:20; 1 Corinthians 9:16; Galatians 1:16).
II. AN INATTENTIVE LISTENER (ver. 9).
1. His condition — "borne down with"...sleep (Jonah 1:5; Matthew 26:40; Mark 13:36).
2. His destruction (ver. 9; 1 Kings 17:17; Mark 9:26; Acts 14:19).
III. A HEALING TOUCH (ver. 10; 1 Kings 17:21; 2 Kings 4:35; Matthew 9:25; John 11:43, 44).
IV. A SACRED SERVICE (ver. 11).
V. LESSONS (Matthew 26:26; Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 10:16; 1 Corinthians 11:26).
1. One's place for preaching need not be a city church, nor his time of preaching eleven o'clock Sunday morning, yet he may speak very well for Christ. Paul preached earnestly in an upper room at midnight.
2. One doubtless needs a fair amount of sleep, but during the sermon is not the time to seek such refreshment. The house of God was never intended for a dormitory.
3. One's danger in sleeping through God's service now is none the less real because no such evident disaster at present attends it as overtook Eutychus.
4. One may preach or teach with all the eloquence of a Paul, and yet come who ought to heed will only nod and doze.
5. One can hope for no such re-awakening from spiritual death as came to this young man upon whom his own inattention had brought bodily death.
6. One does well to observe the sacrament of the Lord's Supper at the stated time, regardless of interruptions.
(S. S. Times.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days.