by David Lemmons
We must keep in mind as we read this chapter that Paul has a goal of making it to Jerusalem with the contribution for the poor saints of Judaea by Pentecost. We read about his visit to Troas and have apostolic example (v. 7) for observing the Lord’s Supper each first day of the week. We read of the miraculous raising of Eutychus during that assembly in Troas. Paul determines to meet with the Ephesian elders but calls them to Miletus for the meeting. He speaks to them of how he worked with them in Ephesus and he charges them to accept their responsibilities as elders and warns them about departures from the faith due to attacks from without and from within. There is a very emotional departure because all know that it will likely be the last time they see Paul.
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