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Eutychus

Eutychus, from the Greek name pronounced yoo-too-khos, meaning fortunate, was a young Christian man of Troas. During an overnight visit by the apostle Paul (see Paul's Third Missionary Journey), Eutychus fell from a third-floor window while asleep and was killed - and thereafter became one of a number of people who were resurrected back to this life (see the Fact Finder question below).

"Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him"

Paul had just spent the Sabbath with the Christians of Troas. Since he was their overnight guest before continuing his journey the next morning, he carried on his Sabbath-day preaching overnight into the first day of the week (Biblical days begin at sunset i.e. "the first day of the week" began at what we would today call sunset on Saturday). They "came together to break bread" means only a regular evening meal.

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"20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread [i.e. Saturday evening], Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow [i.e. Sunday morning]; and continued his speech until midnight." (Acts 20:7 KJV)

"And there were many lights in the upper chamber" may well explain why the window was open i.e. many oil lamps require fresh air. Eutychus fell asleep while sitting on the inner window ledge.

"20:8 And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together. 20:9 And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead." (Acts 20:8-9 KJV)

Eutychus did not remain dead for long.

"20:10 And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.

20:11 When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed.

20:12 And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted." (Acts 20:10-12 KJV)

"Paul went down and fell on him" seems a rather curious thing to do to resurrect someone, but it did have precedent. Elijah did the same thing, "he stretched himself upon the child," in a resurrection centuries before.

"17:21 And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again. 17:22 And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived." (1 Kings 17:21-22 KJV)

Elisha also did it i.e. "he went up, and lay upon the child" for a resurrection. Why? It's unclear why they all did it. Perhaps it facilitated a greater measure of life-giving Holy Spirit than a simple laying on of hands. Other resurrections make no mention of it e.g. Peter's raising of Tabitha: "9:40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up" (Acts 9:40 KJV).

"4:32 And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed. 4:33 He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD. 4:34 And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm. 4:35 Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes." (2 Kings 4:32-35 KJV)

Fact Finder: What is the difference between the resurrection that Eutychus experienced with Paul and the resurrection that he will have in the future?
See Resurrections


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