Scripture--1 Timothy 1-1 Timothy 3
The next three books are called the Pastoral Epistles. They are Paul's (or someone else's! The historical authorship is debated. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Epistle_to_Timothy for more information) letters to people he mentored. Timothy was a young Christian disciple. He seemed to have grown up in the church, and Paul is giving him guidance and direction. It is clear that Timothy became a preacher/church planter in his own right and as Paul's right hand man. Here is the two letters of what Paul has had to say to his disciple!
Observation: I loved the part at the beginning of 2 about praying for our leaders! I know I'm thankful for all the prayers I get! I loved the part in the end of 1 (15-17) where he suggested that we are all sinners (Paul being the biggest of all!) He goes on to show that's how Christ's race works best! That because we are sinners, Jesus can show us even more mercy! And the part at the end of 3 that talks about how leaders should behave!
But I can't skim over the verses in 2:8-15. I wrote in my bible--"Paul sure is stuck in his own time, isn't he?" We'll have discussions in blogs or other settings later about "slaves obey your masters". All scripture can certainly be used for good, but sometimes I wonder how. Honestly, I struggle with these verses.
Application: I probably should try to put less emphasis on how I look and more emphasis on how good of a person I am! I love my makeup and my pearls. But, my relationship with God is less about adornment of the outside than adornment of the inside. I agree. And if I as the Bride of Christ need to submit to Christ--that is true. I need to do more listening than talking. I need to try and control the relationship less and love God more. I agree. I hope I can take the spirit of these verses, and that God will keep showing me how I can apply these verses while still being the woman that God has made me to be.
What are your thoughts on these?
Prayer: God, I don't always understand your scriptures. But I always believe in your Goodness. Remind me that you are bigger than words on a page--that you are THE WORD in our heart. Help me to remember that you always have things to teach me, if I'll humble myself and listen. In your name I pray! Amen.
August 13--1 Timothy 4-1 Timothy 6
August 14--2 Timothy 1-2 Timothy 4
August 15--Titus 1-Titus 3
August 16--Philemon-Hebrews 1
August 17--Hebrews 2-Hebrews 4
August 18--Hebrews 5-Hebrews 7
August 19--Hebrews 8-Hebrews 10
August 20--Hebrews 11-Hebrews 13
August 21--James 1-James 3
August 22--James 4-1 Peter 1