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Br. Samuel Babu, Believers Brethren Assembly, (BBA), Majlis - Bahrain For the last few days, we have been relentlessly praying for Br. Samuel Babu, who suffered Cardiac Problems and was admitted in Salmaniya Medical Complex, Bahrain. It was well pleasing for our Lord to call HIS child to the Eternal Home, where there is no pain, no sorrow, no tears, no sickness and no death. He went to be with the LORD around 10:30 PM Bahrain Time today (Friday 23rd 2015). Let us uphold the grieving family members to the Throne of Grace. May the Lord bestow upon them heavenly Grace, Peace and strength and console them with the word of God.


Bro. Stalin T. Mathew, Bahrain


“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” (Acts 20:7-12).

As Paul was concluding his third missionary campaign, he, along with eight traveling companions, came to Troas on the western coast of provincial Asia. They waited for seven days, finally meeting with the saints of that city on Sunday. It may have been early evening when the assembly convened. At some point the brethren ate the Lord’s Supper, meditating upon the Savior’s death. Also, the great apostle discoursed to the brethren at length, prolonging his presentation till midnight.

As Paul extended his speech, a young man named Eutychus was borne down with “deep sleep.” Suddenly, he fell from the window to the ground below. The Christians rushed down, doubtless to render assistance, but alas, the lad was dead.

Eutychus was the young man of Troas that Paul raised from the dead. His name means ‘good fortune’ or ‘lucky’. A common GK name. Eutychus fell asleep during the preaching of Paul and fell from a third story window. The lattice-work of the window being open to admit the air, the lad fell out and down to the court below.

The name Eutychus meant good luck in an age when Lady Luck was even more fervently worshipped than in our Vegas casinos. Do you suppose any one reflected on the name when Paul's prolonged discourse was interrupted by the abrupt disappearance of "Lucky" from the window sill? Yet their joy must have been richer when Eutychus was restored. The gates of death could not prevail against the church of Christ. The bondage of "good luck" was released and the fall was broken by the Good News.


Wasn’t he? Some appear to be not so sure. The late William Barclay, who served as Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism at the University of Glasgow, says that

“when the crowd ran down the stairs, they “found the lad senseless,” but Paul calmed them, asserting that his life was “yet” in him. Note the “yet”; it hints that the young man did not actually die”.

The late F.F. Bruce, of the University of Manchester, in one of his books, wrote the following:

“Luke remembered the occasion vividly because a young man of the community in Troas, Eutychus by name, was overcome by sleep while Paul was talking and fell down from the third-floor window-ledge where he had been sitting. He was knocked unconscious by the fall and his friends feared that he was dead, but Paul hurried downstairs and embraced him (perhaps applying some form of artificial respiration) and assured the others, to their great relief, that Eutychus was still alive”.

Richard Oster is a Bible professor at Harding Graduate School in Memphis, Tennessee. In his work on the latter portion of the book of Acts, Oster describes the fall suffered by Eutychus, and then adds his editorial comment:” . . .

“if the youth was in fact dead”, He subsequently mentions that there was a delay caused by Eutychus’ “injury”.

The comments above either explicitly state, or strongly imply, that Eutychus did not die at all; he merely was injured.

It likely will remain a mystery as to why some writers feel so disposed to surgically remove certain miraculous elements from the New Testament, or at least to cast doubt on them.


  1. Luke, a physician (Col. 4:14) on the scene, unequivocally says that Eutychus was “dead” (v. 9). Was he not, as an eye-witness, in a better position to judge the matter than a modern commentator, some nineteen centuries removed from the event?
  2. When Paul addressed the situation, he simply said: “His life is in him.” He did not say: “His life is ‘still’ in him,” or “His life is ‘yet’ in him.” To add those words to the sacred text manifests a tampering with the word of God.
  3. Luke later comments that Eutychus was brought “alive” (v. 12). One usage of this term is to describe “dead persons who return to life become alive again”. If the lad had merely been injured, why stress that he was “brought alive”? To merely mention that the youth was brought again to the assembly would have been entirely sufficient. Weren’t they all alive who returned to the upper room? What was special about this youth? He had been dead!
  4. When Paul was stoned at Lystra on his first missionary journey, Luke records that the apostle was dragged out of the city. He adds that the Jews were “supposing that he was dead” (Acts 14:19). The point is this. Had Luke wanted to present the idea that the saints in Troas merely “supposed” that Eutychus was dead, when in fact he was only injured, he certainly was capable of expressing that concept, as he did in chapter 14. But that is not what he wrote in chapter 20.

The resurrection of Eutychus brought “comfort” to the saints in Troas for two reasons:
First, it authenticated their religion as genuine. Only God can effect a resurrection. Secondly, it demonstrated that the grave is not the end of human existence. The Creator is able to bring life out of death.

However, Eutychus had got a wonderful opportunity to listen the Word of God from Apostle Paul. Many believers would have been eagerly waiting for this chance. But this man could not utilize the chance that he got. He sat down a place where he was not supposed to be sitting. This was the place where he could listen to the Word of God and watch the scenes that are happening on the street. He could have sat closer to Paul and listen to the Word of God. But anyway he sat on the window and fell into a deep sleep. That caused his life and Paul raised him again. And we don’t read about him anymore after that. But it was sure that he would be very thankful to God and lived a life for Him.

As a whole we learn from this particular event, the room in which they gathered together to listen the Word of God from Apostle Paul, had many lights. Therefore Eutychus could not say that, the lack ness of light caused me to sleep. Some says that the excessive of the smoke cause him to sleep. But if so, in order to avoid that inconvenience, he might have sat in the window. But this young man had got a rare occasion to listen the Word of God from the great Apostle Paul. But the more he heard the Word of God the more he became tired and fell into a deep sleep. Like Eutychus we are so privileged people who listen to the Word of God very often. But the more we hear the Word the more we sleep in our spiritual lives. As far as Eutychus is concerned this is not the end of his world for he had got a second life again in this world. That means our God is a God who gives us a second opportunity always. But there should be some people in our Churches like Apostle Paul who can help others to get up from their sleep, to save, and to encourage for the service of God. We do not neglect the fact that there are some believers sleeping in our Churches. And they are needed to be awakened like Eutychus. Let us examine our selves; am I one of them?


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