The Upper Room in Troas
26.05.2020, Daniel Glimm
‹bersetzung: Margit Kelly
As God's people we are currently in the week or rather in the time frame of ‘Shavuot – feast of weeks/Pentecost’, which is the biblical feast connected to the upper room where the Holy Spirit fell on the 120 saints present there. This was connected to the manifestation of a loud, violently blowing wind and tongues of fire (see Acts 1:13a.15; Acts 2:1-4).
13a When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. …
15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) …
1 When the day of Pentecost (note: Shavuot – the feast of weeks) came, they were all together in one place.
2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.
4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
The Upper Room of Troas
In this context, I want to address the upper room of Troas at the time of Paul. Here, saints also gathered and a multitude of flames were burning, as many lamps had been lit (Acts 20:7-8).
6 But we sailed from Philippi after the Festival of Unleavened Bread (note: Passover), and five days later joined the others at Troas, where we stayed seven days.
7 On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.
8 There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting.
The Power of Transit and the Apostolic Instruction
The above scripture reveals that during his travels, the apostle Paul stayed in Troas for seven days.
Here he met saints from the region, instructing them by means of an important apostolic message.
It was important to Paul that the saints of Troas gathered in unity to hear all of his apostolic teaching, as he planned to continue his travels the next day.
This was the reason, Paul continued to preach until well after midnight.
The Upper Room Suffused with Fiery Light
The place where the apostle stayed was flooded with the light of the revelatory knowledge of God, which is illustrated by the many burning lamps in the upper room (see Acts 20:8 i.c.w. 2Peter 1:19).
8 There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting.
2 Peter 1:19:
19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
During the apostolic teaching (note: personally, I assume this was filled with revelatory knowledge) in the upper room, suffused with fiery light, Paul was driven by the Holy Spirit not to keep the revelation he had received to himself, but to share it in compact form, as afore mentioned, with the saints in Troas, because he wanted to continue his travels the next day (see Acts 20:7).
The Accident of ‘Eutychus’
In the center of this apostolic revelatory knowledge of God, a young man named Eutychus, who sat by a window in the upper room, sunk into a deep sleep and fell from the third floor.
This accident proved fatal for the young man, so Paul left the upper room and went downstairs to attend to the dead man, intervening in a similar way as the prophet Elisha with the Shunammite's dead son (see Acts 20:9-10 i.c.w. 2 Kings 4:32-35).
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!”
2 Kings 4:32-35:
32 When Elisha reached the house, there was the boy lying dead on his couch.
33 He went in, shut the door on the two of them and prayed to the LORD.
34 Then he got on the bed and lay on the boy, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, hands to hands. As he stretched himself out on him, the boy’s body grew warm.
35 Elisha turned away and walked back and forth in the room and then got on the bed and stretched out on him once more. The boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes.
After the young man Eutychus had been brought back to life by intervention of the apostle, the saints in Troas received an apostolic testimony of “resurrection”.
‘Eutychus’, A Representative for the Saints of The New Wine
The name ‘Eutychus’ means: ‘the lucky one. The name is a derivation of the verb ‘eutychein’; it means to reach the set goal, to achieve the desired and to be happy in ones undertakings’ (note: part excerpt from the biblical encyclopedia of names by Abraham Meister on the name ‘Eutychus’ with word number 1107)
This word illustration as well as what happened to the young man Eutychus, is meant to clarify for us nowadays, the attempt of Satan to destroy the potential carriers of the new, namely the things, God wants to perform in this time and in future. Satan wants to prevent joy and favor of God spreading in the lives of the people, these carriers come into contact with. It's a good thing, though that God already secured His plan in order to implement it through His saints on earth!
‘Eutychus’ represents present day saints, who are prepared to move in the structure of the new wine and new wineskins.
These are saints, who do not lose sight of their goal for the purpose of reaching it in all power and joy (see 1 Corinthians 9:24-26).
1 Corinthians 9:24-26:
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.
The apostolic intervention to ‘resurrect’ did not deter Paul from returning to the third floor to have fellowship with the saints in the resurrection power of Christ and continue to convey his insight by his apostolic understanding.
This resulted in great comfort spreading among the saints (see Acts 20:11-12).
11 Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left.
12 The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted.
May the comforter of the Most High give great comfort and solace to us in the days ahead by the power of the truth of Jesus!
26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,