Monday, July 16, 2012

Acts, Chapter 20: Auto-defenestration

Am I still only on Acts? Jeez, the New Testament is going slow.

Paul keeps on rolling and hectoring. At one point, he starts talking at breakfast and keeps going until midnight. It's so fun that someone called Eutychus falls asleep and tumbles out the 3rd floor window and dies. Paul, not wanting to get a reputation for killing his followers, revives him and keeps talking until dawn. His followers, realising that pitching themselves out the window is futile, keep listening.

He starts off again after dawn, determined to get to Ephesus and then on the Jerusalem for Pentecost. In Ephesus, he complains about how those damned Jews are always persecuting him, although if I recall yesterday's chapter correctly, it was actually the silversmith's guild the last go-round.

He tells them he won't see any of them again, so he hopes they're saved, because he's no longer responsible for their salvation. He also tells them that after he's gone shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock (v. 29) and warns them against false prophets. He reminds them that It is more blessed to give than to receive (v. 35) and they escort him, crying, to his ship.

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