19But because of the crowd, they could not get him to Jesus. So they went up on the roof,#5.19 roof: In Palestine the houses usually had a flat roof. Stairs on the outside led up to the roof, which was made of beams and boards covered with packed earth. Luke says that the roof was made of (clay) tiles, which were also used for making roofs in New Testament times. where they removed some tiles and let the mat down in the middle of the room.