Reading through the Bible together
Paul has made clear to
Timothy the spiritual needs of the church. How
was Timothy to begin? “First of all, pray” (v.15). This
is how we must always begin. Look at Jesus’ example: As He came up
out of the waters of baptism He knelt and prayed. Then He was led into the
wilderness where He communed with God by contemplation and prayer. Today,
when the forces of antichrist work to be in control of all things human, we too
need to pray.
We are to pray for ourselves and that those in
authority will uphold freedom and justice for all citizens. Ask
to be driven by God’s motives. He desires that every person be
saved. Christ is the only Mediator. He gave Himself for ALL.
This includes those in authority who may unfairly treat minorities. If we
speak against rulers, we make it impossible to approach them with the
gospel. We must also be praying that our lives and our words reveal His
call for people to “come to the knowledge of the truth” (v.4).
Paul’s words to women comes in the setting of
Diana, the great goddess of the Ephesians, and how women as
priestess-prostitutes were an attraction in pagan beliefs. Having female
deities made it easy for women to become dominate. Paul
did not want Christian women to be identified as similar to the women who
served in pagan temples. Women were to
live and act in demonstration of the gospel. Christian women have a very
holy calling as wives, mothers and laborers with God. Elsewhere in his
writings he recognized women who were “his helpers in the gospel” (Phil
4:3; Rom. 16:3, 12; also Acts 18:24-26).
Male and female in competition is contrary to
God’s purpose. Woman and man, living and serving complementary to each
other, fulfills His purpose.
David Manzano, Retired Pastor
Member of the Retired Workers Association
Collegedale, TN U.S.A.