The Sleeping Servant, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Acts 20:7–9, “7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached to them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. 8 And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together. 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”

Perhaps you are all too familiar with this famous American nursery rhythm:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses,
And all the king’s men,
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

When meditating upon this nursery rhythm I wondered why this egg (Humpty Dumpty) was sitting on a wall to begin with. Also why were the kings horses and king’s men expected to put him back together? Perhaps the One that should have been summoned with THE KING! This story seems to parallel the account in Acts 20, whereby a young man by the name of Eutychus also had a great fall, except from sitting upon a window sill instead of a wall. Perhaps Eutychus had some good excuses for dozing off:

1 Paul’s sermon was long.

2 The many lights no doubt made the room hot.

3 He was a young man staying up until midnight.

4 He was “overcome” by sleep.

When you hear God’s Word are you lulled to sleep or awakened by its truth. If the stale air of this world’s influence makes us sink into a sleep of apathy, we must seek refreshing from the presence of the Lord. When God’s Law was lost and then found in the days of King Josiah, he read it for the first time and it awakened him so much that he called all of Israel to follow it’s commandments. It is the midnight hour, we sit on the window of eternity. We can fall into eternity in a heartbeat. Seek the Lord while He may be found when times of refreshing come from the presence of the Lord. When our Christian life seems to be a dry and lifeless sermon without end, and the joy of feeding on God’s Word is no longer in our hearts, we must get on our knees and return to our first love. Many “go to all of the Kings horses and all the kings’ men,” by Jesus the KING is calling His people to seek Him. “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”, 2Chronicles 7:14, blessings Pastor Phil

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