- 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 2 Timothy 4
Commission, departure, personal remarks.
Apostle Paul charged Timothy to remain faithful to the gospel and explained his need for a visit from Timothy.
Commission (1-5). The charge, given in light of the end time, commended commitment to the gospel despite the apostle’s expectation of suffering, his end time, at trial. Preach, correct, rebuke, and encourage were contents of his commission. “Keep your head,” referred to careful judgment and self-control.
Departure (6-8). “Poured out like a drink offering,” referred to pouring out wine or other liquid on an altar as a sacrificial offering during Old Testament times (number 15:5-7, 10; 28:7), indicating his own suffering for the Lord.
“Good fight” was a metaphor Apostle Paul used from Greek athletics to show that he has endured and completed his ministry. “Keep faith,” implied either that Paul had remained loyal to the Christian gospel or continuing the athletic metaphor, that Paul has fulfilled his pledge.
Personal remarks (9-22). Apostle Paul was alone at prison in Rome while waiting for his trial. “First defense,” (6) was either a preliminary hearing in a trial or the first of two separate trials. Paul requested Timothy for a prompt visit before winter weather began (November to March) when sailing to cross the Adriatic Sea became impossible.
We read in his letter emotion, trust, assurance, passion, at the same time his aloneness, loneliness in which he was waiting for final trial in prison.
By his ministry, we are having faith in Jesus Christ 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.