Eutychus: The Story behind The Words

Acts 20:7-12
7″Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight. 8 There were many lamps in the upper room where they were gathered together.
9 And in a window sat a certain young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep. He was overcome by sleep; and as Paul continued speaking, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead.
10 But Paul went down, fell {epepesen} on him, and embracing him said, “Do not trouble yourselves, for his life is in him.” 11 Now when he had come up, had broken bread and eaten, and talked a long while, even till daybreak, he departed. 12 And they brought the young man in alive, and they were not a little comforted.”
The Holy Spirit is quite the story teller, isn’t He?  He has structured the Bible in such a way that it is a multi-layered storehouse of treasure.  Peel it back, layer by layer, like an onion, and you’ll find the most amazing things!   It is full of stories about every facet of Jesus’ beauty, His glory, His majesty and His humanity!
Four Layers Of Bible Study.
There are four levels, or layers, of Bible study, according to Jewish rabbis.  They are known as the P’shat, Remez, D’rash & the Sod.”  Each layer is deeper than the one before and each reveal wonderful truths about Jesus.
Basic Or Simple.
#1:  The first layer, the “P’shat,” (pronounced peh-shaht’), is the story on the surface.  The word means, “Simple.”  Basic truths and principles are learned by studying this layer.
All believers begin at this layer. But God doesn’t intend for us to stay here.  He wants us to grow and progress in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ; to mature and move on to deeper levels of understanding.  That is how “grace and peace are multiplied” in our lives.
Not New Revelations.

Please understand that deeper meanings and understandings do not change the Bible in any way.  They are not “New revelations.”  That would be scary!  These meanings have always been there.  But just as your understanding of any other subject grows deeper and more detailed, your understanding of God’s totally amazing book also grows!

Remez: Hint.
#2:  The next level of study the rabbis call,“Remez,” pronounced “reh-mez,” meaning “Hint.”  This is where another or implied meaning is alluded to in the text, usually revealling a deeper meaning. Along with the P’shat, there is often a deeper or another meaning.  Any verse or passage can have multiple layers of meaning.
An example of implied “Remez” is Proverbs 20:10 – “Different weights, and different measures, both of them are alike an abomination to the  Lord.”
The P’shat would be concerned  with a merchant using the same scale to weigh goods for all of his customers.  The Remez implies that the meaning goes beyond weights and measures into aspects of fairness and honesty in anyone’s life. Justice must be applied fairly and equally to all, not cater to the rich and punish the poor, for example.
D’rash: Compare And Contrast.
#3: D’rash ( pronounced “deh-rash) is also called “Midrash.” It is the third level of. Bible study.  A D’rash understanding, like any other level of meaning, CANNOT be used to strip a passage of its p’shat, or basic, meaning, nor may any such understanding contradict the p’shat meaning of any other scripture passage. As the Talmud states, “No passage loses its p’shat.”   This interpretation uses scripture to interpret itself, which it does very well.
The teaching, exposition or application of the P’shat and/or Remez, in some cases, could be considered comparable to a “sermon.”  For instance, Biblical writers may take two or more seemingly unrelated verses and combine them to create a verse or verses with a third meaning.
The Holy Spirit uses a lot of this compare and contrast technique throughout the Bible, putting chapters, even whole books, side by side, to drive home a point.  Ecclisiates and Song of Songs are a good example.  One talks about life under the sun without The Son, the other of life above WITH THE SON.
(Nicodemus comes to Jesus by night.)
Another perfect example of “Midrash” is the Gospel of John, chapters 3 and 4.  In Chapter 3, Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, came to Jesus by night.  He had questions, as most religious people do, and he was afraid of other religious leaders finding out that he sought Jesus out for a private audience.
Here he is, a leader among the Jews, and there are things that he should know that he does not.  Jesus gently puts him in his place.   Only after he has an honest appraisal of himself can he come to an understanding of the truth.
In the very next chapter, Jesus sought out a woman who was living in sin.  Far from being a leader, like Nicodemus,  she was a Gentile and, to top it off, a Samaritan!  They were a race of people that the Jewish people hated.
HE CAME TO THIS WOMAN IN BROAD DAYLIGHT; high noon in fact!  He also revealed Who He really was to her:  The Promised Messiah.  You’ll notice He didn’t do that the the ruler, Nicodemus.  Amazing!
One came TO Jesus in the dark; the other He sought out in broad daylight, comparing and contrasting the two chapters.  The book of Luke is full of chapters like this, compared side by side.  He is comparing and contrasting Grace and Law.
Once again, it is important to note that no layer in any way contradicts or changes any other.  They are layers of meaning that have always been there.  They reveal deeper truths that complement and enrich the others.
Sōd: Prophetic Or Hidden Meaning.
#4:  The 4th layer of Bible study is called the “Sōd” (pronounced with a long O as in Lore).  It Means “Hidden.”
In this layer of Bible study are found the hidden, secret or mystic meanings of the text.  Some examples of this would be the dragon, the great whore of Babylon, and number “666,” all from the book of Revelation.  Any meaning that is prophetic in nature would be a “Sod” interpretation.
It is down in the sod where you find what I like to call, “The story behind the words.”  You see, our Father loves to hide meanings in the Hebrew text.  Being a language of picture writing, the language and even letters themselves bring out meanings that you would never get from any definition.  Include Greek and Hebrew into your study, and you will find wonderful truths that warm and bless, with beautiful pictures of Jesus.  That’s how we are transformed, after all:  By beholding His glory and beauty!
Eutychus, The Story Behind The Words.
On the surface, P’Shat,”this is a story about a young man who sat in a window while listening to Paul preach, presumably to get some fresh air.  It’s a hot climate, after all, and they were on the third floor.  Heat rises as you know.
It’s important to note that they were meeting together “On the first day of the week.” In other words, on Sunday. Paul was preaching. He, you recall, was the only one to whom the Gospel of Grace was fully revealed.
One could come away simply with a lesson about the dangers of falling asleep in Church.  But I don’t think that’s the only message the Holy Spirit wants to impart here.
If you’ve ever had anyone fall asleep during your sermon, don’t feel too bad.  Paul is the most famous preacher of all time. This man recorded a full three quarters of the New Testament!  How’s that for a calling card?
But to be fair, he did talk a “bit” long; all evening in fact, up untill midnight!  I’d be tired, too!
Our Master Story Teller had more than a kid who fell out of a window on His mind.  He has something of great importance that applies to us here in the 21st century. It’s the story hidden behind the words that He wants us to dig into.  So, let’s see what’s on His mind.
Throughout scripture, there are typologies, meanings in numbers (gematria) and in names, places and things.  Our famous preacher, Paul, was in a THIRD-STORY room.  He was preaching for a very lo-o-o-ong time, on the “THIRD HEAVEN.”   That’s why the young man in the story, Eutychus, fell asleep in the first place.
His name in Greek means “Good fortune.”  You wouldn’t think he was having such good fortune since he fell out of that very same THIRD STORY to his death!
Misfortune Of The Church.
Why do many churches seem to have lost  Eutyhchus: their “Good fortune,” as it were?  Because over the years, they have gradually fallen asleep until they stopped listening entirely to the Gospel of Grace that Paul preached.  They have, in effect, “fallen” from grace:  The Third Heaven.  Many Churches and ministries have even died or ministries dried up.
For more on the subject of what it means to fall from grace, follow the link below:
Waning Church Attendance.
Over the last half of he 20th century, church attendance began to wane as more and more people just stopped going.  The 60’s saw many things happen, like the hippie phenomenon.  The Supreme Court of the United States, in an unprecedented move, threw out the Bible as the standard for jurisprudence.  From that point on, lawlessness began to increase, abortions rose, and our society in general began to unravel.
When the Church begins to listen again to the message Paul preached, embrace the young people with its message, they will come back to life and affect society again.  The young generation can be brought back to life, and back up to “The third heaven,” where they can “Break bread,” once again.  In other words, partake of holy communion.
Gematria: Meaning In Numbers.
  “3” is the number of “resurrection.”  Jesus was resurrected on the third day.  Eutychus fell out of a “3rd” floor window while Paul was preaching on the “3rd” heaven.  He came down to where the fallen young man lay dead, (a picture of the Church) fell on him, embraced him and raised him from the dead!

The word in Greek here for fell is “epepesén,” the same word as used in Acts 10:44 when the Holy Spirit “fell” on the Gentiles for the first time; He literally gave them a Holy Spirit “bear hug!”  After he was brought back to life, Paul led the young man back upstairs and they “broke bread.”  In other words, they had communion.
The mention of the “third story and third heaven,” is a reference to events that will happen that will bless the church on the “third day.”  2 Peter 3:8 “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as (like)a thousand years, and a thousand years as (like)one day.”
For more on the meaning of numbers in the Bible, you may follow the links below:
a day is as a thousand years
How God Reckons Time.
 You see, as God reckons time, a thousand years is as, or like, one day TO HIM.  Doesn’t say it’s “exactly” a thousand years, but more or less that time frame.
By that reckoning, Jesus has been gone from this earth only two days.  When the year 2,000 dawned, we crossed over into the early dawn hours of the THIRD DAY.
Today’s Youth.
It is noteworthy that he was a “young man.”  Why?  Through this story of Eutychus, the Holy Spirit is painting a picture of today’s youth.
Ever heard anyone express that the young generation seems so lost that they appear to be beyond hope—you know, DEAD—for all intents and purposes, as dead as this young man, Eutychus?  Well guess what?  THEY’RE NOT DEAD–not really.  They’re only “sleeping,” like Jairus’ daughter.
(For more on this topic, follow the link below:
What will bring them back to life?  THE PREACHING OF THE REAL GOSPEL:  “GRACE.”
It is being restored to the Church in these last days!   Like young Josiah who found the book of the law, read and began to follow it, commanding his people to do likewise, so the Real Gospel has been found and restored to us!  It is spreading across the globe like so much Holy fire, accompanied by signs, wonders and people of all ages getting saved right, left, and center!
The importance of taking communion weekly, even daily, is also being restored to the Church.  It is being given it’s rightful place and effecting the blessings it was intended to bestow on God’s people.
No More “Balance.”
Ministers who are preaching mixture, trying to “balance” grace with the law–WHICH GOD HATES–don’t understand they are doing so; that they are actually harming the sheep. To be blunt:  THEY ARE KILLING THEM.  If they knew they were not preaching the true gospel, I’m sure they would cease.  But thank God He is opening more and more eyes of those godly, well-meaning pastors.
The Church has no need for the Law.  We have living in us to lead and guide The One Who gave the law.  Who would you rather have?  The map or the Map Maker in your car with you?  He can tell you where to go or, even better, let Him drive.  He can show you what the map cannot, like where the good places are along the way.
Does the Law still have merit?  Yes.  Who needs it?  Obviously not the Church.  For more on that topic, you may follow the link below:
Out Of “Babylon”
In our day, thankfully, we are coming “Out of Babylon,” meaning out of confusion. The stone–the law–is being rolled away, Hallelujah!  It will finally be rooted out and it’s preachers replaced by shepherds who will feed the sheep, not beat them with the Law.
So, keep on keepin’ on, people of grace.  Keep on preaching the truth.  A great, true Gospel revival is coming your way.  And keep on looking and listening for the story behind the words.

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