2001-06-13 - Kitchen Klutzes of America Day
Acts 20:9 And there was a certain young man named Eutychus sitting on the windowsill, sinking into a deep sleep; and as Paul kept on talking, he was overcome by sleep and fell down from the third floor, and was picked up dead.
You may not know it but Wednesday, June 13, is Kitchen Klutzes of America Day. I'm not sure what that means, but if you are going to be using a knife in the kitchen Wednesday, try to be careful. There are a few klutzes in Scripture, and one is the man Eutychus, mentioned in the above verse. This seems like an obscure passage to comment on, but I think there are a couple of things we might learn from it by looking a bit deeper.
First we can learn that Paul was long-winded. When he preached, he must have preached a long time. However, there is not much application in this. Another thing we might learn is that even when Paul preached, the great Apostle Paul, some people fell asleep. This seems amazing. If Paul were to preach somewhere today, there would not be a stadium big enough to hold all those who would want to hear him. I know that sometimes my attention is diverted during a sermon and I begin to think about other things. It is a comfort to know that Eutychus was not punished for this, but rather he was given his life back.
However, the main thing we can learn here is that this event, which at first appeared to be a calamity, was turned by God into an event that became a miracle. When Eutychus fell from the third floor, the people must have thought that something horrible had happened. But this was not the case. That which appeared bad, God intended to use to show His mercy and power. So through Paul, God raised Eutychus from the dead. This not only showed God's power but also placed an exclamation point on the preaching of Paul. Paul's message was confirmed to the audience. In fact, after this miracle, verse 11 says that Paul continued to talk with them until daybreak.
This should teach us something about the events in our lives. Sometimes it seems that a particular situation or event is one from which nothing good could arise. However, God may be planning this very thing to work something good in our lives. It may be years down the line before we see it, but it is possible that even in those times that seem dark to us, there may be something better God has in store for us. The Psalmist tells us, "the Lord is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works." Psalm 145:9 Or again, "...the lovingkindness of God endures all day long." Psalm 52:1
One of the things God does in our lives is to teach us lessons from life. Isaiah 54:13 tells us, "all your sons will be taught of the Lord; and the well-being of your sons will be great." Paul even says that it was God who taught him the Gospel in Galatians 1:12: "For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ." We must remember that learning lessons are not always enjoyable experiences, but God is teaching us in order to conform us to His will. All of this leads to the reasons why God teaches us. One reason is to transform us as Romans 12:2 tells us: "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."
Soli Deo Gloria,