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by Wayne Blank
"And we went before to ship, and sailed unto Assos, there intending to take in Paul: for so had he appointed, minding himself to go afoot"
The night before Paul walked across from Troas to Assos saw a joyous miracle - the raising of Eutychus from the dead, by means of the Holy Spirit, through Paul.
That night, "upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread" is also one of the most misunderstood in the New Testament. Many misuse the reference to the "first day of the week" to claim that Paul was conducting a Sunday church service, when in truth he was merely continuing his observance of the seventh day Sabbath with those people because he was their overnight guest.
Actually getting to see and hear Paul preach was a rarity, so Paul spoke through the Sabbath, then through the evening and then all night. The term "first day of the week" is used there because days were reckoned from sunset to sunset - the time that is referred to there is what we would today call Saturday night, not Sunday. The "breaking bread" was just a regular evening meal. Paul was a seventh-day Sabbath keeper, according to the Fourth Commandment. Paul was not an observer of the Romans' pagan "sun day" (see Sun Worship to understand how Sunday worship originated in the corrupted "Christian" church).
"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."
The next day, during what we would today call Sunday, Paul did not preach; he instead did hard labor, walking about 20 miles overland from Troas to Assos to catch the ship that had sailed about 30 miles around the peninsula from Troas to Assos.
"And we went before to ship, and sailed unto Assos, there intending to take in Paul: for so had he appointed, minding himself to go afoot. And when he met with us at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene."
Fact Finder: What happened not long after Paul arrived at Jerusalem?