- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 1 Timothy 2
The regulations of Worship.
Apostle Paul wrote chapter 2 with some instructions on worship for Timothy to practice into his ministry for Ephesian church. Therefore, contents of instruction are general for church overall and they are contextual at the same time.
Prayer (1-7) —-“requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving,” are essential elements of worship, praying for all because God wants everyone to be saved (v.4). this verse is one the strongest affirmation of the universality of God’s grace. “there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,” (v.5) is the proclamation of object of Christian worship.
Attitude (8-15) — Apostle Paul shifts from the appropriate mode of prayer with lifting up holy hands, which is a typical gesture of reverence in worship (Psalm 141:2), to appropriate modes of dress and behavior for women. Holiness and reverence is a universal attitude for all who worship God in general, along with contextual, cultural understanding in specific. Therefore, readers of this text found what his/her understanding of attitude of worship is. Verse 11-15 is debatable teaching in modern churches. Apostle Paul’s reaching was based on the ethic in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, and commandment based on Genesis 2:15-22, 3:1-6.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.