Bruce, F.F. The Book of Acts Revised. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988. Kindle Electronic Edition. “VI. Paul Plans to Visit Rome and Gets there by an Unforseen Route (19:21-28:31).” “B. The Journey to Jerusalem (20:7-21:16)” pp. 383-402).
Bruce observes that Paul’s journey to Jerusalem is told in great detail. It is clear that Luke was personally present, which led to careful attention to details (Bruce 1988, 384). The breaking of bread and the first day of the week demonstrate a habit of first day worship including communion. Fatigue and the late hour contributed to the situation of Eutychus falling from the window Bruce suggests that it was Luke’s professional medical opinion that Eutychus was dead (Bruce 1988, 385). After prayer, he was taken up alive, which caused great relief. In the morning, Paul and his companions continued their journey toward Jerusalem.
As he often does, Bruce describes various locations on the journey, giving a brief history of the cities mentioned by Luke (Bruce 1988, 386). In 20:17, Paul sent for the elders of Ephesus, though he was in Miletus, some 30 miles distant (Bruce 1988, 387). The speech of Paul to the elders is the only example Luke records of Paul addressing Christians. In it, Paul defends his overall teaching and calls the Ephesian elders to be faithful even in the face of opposition (Bruce 1988, 388). Paul himself is aware that opposition and imprisonment await him in Jerusalem. Yet he considers any hardship to be of relative unimportance when compared to the riches of Christ (Bruce 1988, 390). The chief goal of Paul was to proclaim the Gospel, as he had done faithfully. He now calls on the Ephesian elders to do the same (Bruce 1988, 392). After prayer together Paul departed from the Ephesian elders (Bruce 1988, 396).
The journey to Jerusalem continues in Acts 21. As usual, Bruce gives a brief description of the various locations mentioned by Luke (Bruce 1988, 397). Bruce particularly notes the interactions with Philip and his daughters, who were prophets. Some of their tombs identified in the second century remained known to Christians (Bruce 1988, 400). Bruce notes also the discussion between Paul and the prophet Agabus, who warns him about Jerusalem. Despite all warnings, Paul pushed on to Jerusalem. This was his steadfast commitment.