2 Timothy 3

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • 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    2 Timothy 3

Avoid

Apostle Paul urged Timothy to avoid ungodly people and their ungodly behaviors.

Paul did not specify when “the last days” (v1) was.  At the time he wrote this letter to Timothy, he thought the last day was near with ungodly people and ungodly behaviors (Matthew 24, Mark 13).

The vice list in verses 1-10 reminded of Exodus story of the Israelites in the wilderness. Jannes and Jambres were Egyptian magicians, examples of ungodly opponents. These two men were the opponents of Moses (Exodus 7:3-13).

Paul urged Timothy to take his past teachers, his grandmother and mother as his models, in contrast with the ungodly opponents, and Paul’s own example of being harassed and rescued in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra.

“All Scripture” means Old Testament at Paul’s time before the New Testament was canonized. But we read this passage including Old and New Testament today, all books in the Bible.

 Paul claimed that all Scripture has God as ultimate source, inspired by God, and useful for theology, faith formation and practices.  This emphasizes the importance and value of the Scriptures for Paul’s time and for our time today.

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.

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