My favourite movie of all time is The Lion King, (I am 38 years old – by the way ?.) For me, Timon, the meerkat, is the most outstanding character! I was reminded of the scene (picture above) where Timon was shocked at how the other characters were not making a big deal of an event that just happened. In Timon’s words: “Hey! What’s going on here? He knows her. And she wants to eat him and everybody is ok with this? DID I MISS SOMETHING!?”
That is exactly how I felt when I read this:
Acts 20:9-11 New International Version (NIV)
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.
Did I miss something?
Eutychus slept. He fell. He died. (Imagine being famous for that!?). Paul went down. Eutychus came alive.
After THAT, Paul went upstairs again and broke bread and ate.
Like – no fireworks?!
No running in the streets to tell everybody?
No – “We interrupt this broadcast for BREAKING NEWS…”?
This was no Lion King movie scene. No.
This boy died and was raised to life again! Were such miracles so common in the church at that time, that it just encouraged people a little, and life carried on?
How can I be an instrument for such miracles as these?
I need faith!
If faith comes by hearing God’s word – then reading my Bible and listening to scripture based teachings is a must!
So – I’ve got a copy of The Passion Translation Bible, which for some reason, I still have not made any markings in it. No highlight. No underlining. Nothing. It has been about a year. That is a pretty big deal for me, compared to my other Bible.
So, the other day, I was prompted to read this chapter in my older [owned or used for a long time] Bible and based on the underlinings, the part that stood out THAT TIME was verses 19 – 35. Paul’s Farewell To The Ephesian Elders.
I don’t believe I even remember Eutychus’ story until we, as Urban Life Church, embarked on reading the book of Acts together. It truly caused me to stop, ponder, marvel and be grateful for the wonder of God’s Word.
How I can read the same passages and keep getting different revelations?
How can different people read the same words and each one gets a different type of encouragement?
The Word of God sure does not get old [informal: boring or tiresome especially as a result of repetition or over-familiarity] therefore giving me reason to keep reading and to keep trusting in it. Gaining faith!
Once again, I am encouraged and pray that you are too – keep reading, keep seeking, keep praying and welcoming His revelation. His Word is living and active…
I do not want to miss out on God’s best – I can increase in faith with certainty and be calm in His Power and see miracles such as these!