Day 199 – Another Stranger than Fiction Story – So It Must Be True!

Better to live on a corner of the roof
than share a house with a quarrelsome wife. Proverbs 21:9 NIV

I already wrote a blog post on this and related Proverbs – check it out here. It’s part of a whole series about what it means to be a godly woman.

As if I know.

That’s it for today’s Proverb. Moving on…

I landed in one of my favorite sections of Acts today (chapter 20). This is another of those passages that screams “stranger than fiction.” I mean, who would make this stuff up?

First of all, there’s Paul’s teaching in Troas. It appears that Paul spoke to a group of believers from dinner (when they gather to  “break bread” vs. 7) until midnight. What’s that? Six hours or so? Where did these people get such long attention spans?

Oops, there was one guy who couldn’t quite keep up with Paul’s lecture. Eutychus fell into a deep sleep as he listened to Paul. I would too! And he was sitting in a window. Why would you sit in a window to listen to a lecture if you were tired?

Unfortunately, Eutychus fell to his death. Is that not stranger than fiction? Why put this in the Bible if it wasn’t true? Fortunately, Paul went down and brought the guy back to life. Seriously!

Finally, this is the last part that I love, Paul just goes right on with his lecture… til daylight.

What’s that? Another 6 hours or so? I am not sure I could have survived a lecture of that length! Good thing Paul’s Epistles are shorter! And here’s another good thing:

 The people took the young man [Eutychus] home alive and were greatly comforted. (vs.12)

Well, all’s well that end’s well.

Especially Paul’s 12 hour lecture!


Today’s Readings: 2 Chronicles 30:1-31:21,  Psalm 85:1-7, Proverbs 21:9-11, Acts 20:1-16. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only).


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