Friday, May 24, 2013

Acts 20:7 - Meeting & Eating Daily

Acts 20:7 is often used as a proof-text that the early church met on the first day of the week to take the Lord's Supper. Here's another way to look at the text:
KJV Acts 2:46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart....
KJV Acts 5:12b [A]nd they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch.
KJV Acts 6:1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
KJV Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching....
KJV Heb 3:13 But exhort one another daily....
KJV Acts 20:7 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.
So we see that the early church met every day, and ate their meals together every day, and distributed food every day, and were told to exhort one another every day in their assemblings.

When we get to Troas, we find that on the first day of the week, when they met together to eat, just like they've been doing every day for a long time, Paul preached to them all night, intending to leave the next day.

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