The Upper Rooms

We often think of the 'upper room' as being the place where Jesus and the Disciples held the Last Supper but the Bible has many more 'upper rooms'.

Here's a list of some of these instances.

Acts 20:7-12 Eutychus in Troas, falls asleep as Paul is preaching in the upper room and falls out of the window and is dead. Paul's faith and actions bring Eutychus back to life. - Miracles, Healing, Faith.

7 On the first day of the week, we gathered with the local believers to share in the Lord’s Supper. Paul was preaching to them, and since he was leaving the next day, he kept talking until midnight. 8 The upstairs room where we met was lighted with many flickering lamps. 9 As Paul spoke on and on, a young man named Eutychus, sitting on the windowsill, became very drowsy. Finally, he fell sound asleep and dropped three stories to his death below. 10 Paul went down, bent over him, and took him into his arms. “Don’t worry,” he said, “he’s alive!” 11 Then they all went back upstairs, shared in the Lord’s Supper, and ate together. Paul continued talking to them until dawn, and then he left. 12 Meanwhile, the young man was taken home alive and well, and everyone was greatly relieved.

Acts 20:7-12 New Living Translation

Judges 3:12-29 The Lord raises up Ehud after Israel cries out in repentance. Ehud takes vengeance against Moab by assassinating Eglon, the King of Moab in the upper room. - Victory

20 Ehud walked over to Eglon, who was sitting alone in a cool upstairs room. And Ehud said, “I have a message from God for you!” As King Eglon rose from his seat, 21 Ehud reached with his left hand, pulled out the dagger strapped to his right thigh, and plunged it into the king’s belly. 22 The dagger went so deep that the handle disappeared beneath the king’s fat. So Ehud did not pull out the dagger, and the king’s bowels emptied. 23 Then Ehud closed and locked the doors of the room and escaped down the latrine.

Judges 3:20-23

2 Kings 4:8-37 Elisha prophecies the birth of a son for the Shunammite woman in the upper room. He also raises the child from death in the same room. Miracles, Healing, Prophecy

9 She said to her husband, “I am sure this man who stops in from time to time is a holy man of God. 10 Let’s build a small room for him on the roof and furnish it with a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp. Then he will have a place to stay whenever he comes by.”

2 Kings 4:9-10

Mark 14:12-26 The disciples meet with Jesus for the Passover in the upper room. Jesus prophecies his betrayal and the sacrament of The Lord's Supper is instituted. Prophecy, Fellowship

13 So Jesus sent two of them into Jerusalem with these instructions: “As you go into the city, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him. 14 At the house he enters, say to the owner, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?’ 15 He will take you upstairs to a large room that is already set up. That is where you should prepare our meal.” 16 So the two disciples went into the city and found everything just as Jesus had said, and they prepared the Passover meal there.

Mark 14:13-16

Acts 9:36-43 The disciple Dorcas (Tabitha) becomes sick and dies. Her body is laid in an upper room. The disciples know that Peter is nearby so call him to come to the town of Joppa. Peter prays and Dorcas is brought to life. Miracles, Healing, Faith

36 There was a believer in Joppa named Tabitha (which in Greek is Dorcas). She was always doing kind things for others and helping the poor. 37 About this time she became ill and died. Her body was washed for burial and laid in an upstairs room. 38 But the believers had heard that Peter was nearby at Lydda, so they sent two men to beg him, “Please come as soon as possible!”

Acts 9:36-38

2 Kings 1:1-18 Ahaziah, King of Judah falls through the lattice of the upper room and is severely injured. He is taken back to his bed in the upper room and calls upon Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron as to whether he will survive his injuries. The Lord sends Elijah to admonish Ahaziah for his idolatory and to prophecy Ahaziah's death. Ahaziah dies. Idolatory, Prophecy, Justice

2 One day Israel’s new king, Ahaziah, fell through the latticework of an upper room at his palace in Samaria and was seriously injured. So he sent messengers to the temple of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, to ask whether he would recover.

2 Kings 1:2

Daniel 6:10-23 When Daniel learns of King Darius's decree on worship Daniel takes himself to his upper room in prayer. When the King learns of what must happen to Daniel according to the laws he has signed he prophesies that The God of Daniel will deliver him. And as we know, The Lord did deliver Daniel from the lion's den. Prayer, Deliverance, Prophecy

10 But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.

Daniel 6:10

Acts 1:4-14 Jesus prophecies the Holy Spirit coming upon the disciples as they gather in the upper room in Jerusalem. The Holy Spirit does indeed fall upon the group and many miracles abound. Prophecy, Miracles, Spiritual Gifts.

12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, a distance of half a mile.[b] 13 When they arrived, they went to the upstairs room of the house where they were staying.

Acts 1:12

We look upon the Bible as a testament, both old and new of God's relationship with His people. Yet the faithful continue daily in leaving a testimony behind. What does our testimony relate? Do we live in expectation of prophecy, miracles, healing and victory?

(This post was originally published back in June 2014)


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