In Your Bible: Acts 20:1-11; 1 kings 17:17-24; 2 Kings 4:32-36
As Paul traveled through towns he constantly encouraged believers with fresh hope and lifted their spirits. He spent three months in Greece preaching and again encouraging believers. God used Paul to raise the dead, just as he did with Elijah, Elisha and the Master – Jesus.
Faith in God to Meet a Need
The first day of the week was to be religiously observed by all the disciples, as a sign of their dedication to fellowship. This time – a meal followed by communion – was a solemn assembly. *
In Troas, Paul preached and taught. This session extended to midnight, whereupon a young lad fell asleep during Paul’s exhortation. He landed three stories below. He died. Paul went down and threw himself on him, and said, [to those standing around him], “Do not be troubled, because he is alive” (Acts 20:10 Amplified Bible).
In 1 Kings 17:17-24, the Prophet Elijah raised a widow’s son from death in Zarephath. Likewise in 2 Kings 4:18-36, the prophet Elisha came to the Shunammite woman, to heal her dead son. Elisha laid on the child and the flesh of the child became warm. God healed him through Elisha. We see here in Acts 20, that God used Paul to raise the dead boy. Amazing. Selah.
When Elisha reached the house [of the Shunammite woman], there the child was, dead and laid on the bed. He went in, shut the door on the two of them and prayed to Adonai. Then he got up on the bed and lay on top of the child, putting his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes and his hands on his hands. As he stretched himself out on the child, its flesh began to grow warm. Then he went down, walked around in the house awhile, went back up and stretched himself out on the child again. The child sneezed seven times, then opened his eyes. Elisha called Geichazi [Gehazi]and said, “Call this Shunamit” [Shunammite]. So he called her; and when she came in to him, he said, “Pick up your son” (2 Kings 4: 32-36 Complete Jewish Bible).
Paul knew the history and work of the prophets. God used Paul to raise the dead, just as he did with Elijah and Elisha and the Master – Jesus.
Prayer: Father, thank you that even in the midst of daily trials, you are there – I need to keep calling on you for all of my needs.
Questions: In what other accounts does Paul chose God’s purpose rather than accepting the circumstances as seen by the crowd? Do you believe that God continues to raise the dead?
* Matthew Henry Bible Complete Commentary, Matthew Henry, Acts 20: online at christianity.com.