Saturday, February 11, 2017
Block 49 Timothy
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“Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” Timothy 4:12
When the apostle Paul visited Lystra, he healed a man who had been crippled from birth, causing many in Lystra to become believers. A couple of years later, Paul returned to Lystra and met Timothy who was a respected member of the newly formed Christian church. Timothy’s father was Greek, and his mother and grandmother were Jews. Paul was impressed with Timothy’s knowledge of the scripture, and encouraged him to evangelize other Jews and Greeks. But in order to be more accepted by the Jews, Timothy had to be circumcised. So Paul handled this procedure himself.
Timothy had been raised by his mother and grandmother, steeped in scripture and faith. He had been taught from infancy to be ready to meet the Messiah, so when Paul came to Lystra preaching Christianity, Timothy’s heart was open to his ministry. Paul and Timothy were kindred spirits. From Paul’s letters to Timothy, it is clear that Timothy held many characteristics that would enable him to continue Paul’s ministry. Timothy was affectionate and loved others deeply. He was trustworthy and steadfast — Paul trusted him implicitly. Timothy was studious, which made him a good candidate for ministerial writing, but combined with his shyness, Timothy’s studious nature sometimes kept him from going out and meeting new people. Paul, in his letter to Timothy, encouraged him to overcome his shyness and go out to evangelize with and open heart and mind.
Timothy was a young man when he met Paul and became a minister for Christ. He is often pointed to as an example of a young and faithful servant. Timothy joined Paul and Silas as they continued to evangelize other areas of Asia Minor. Eventually, Timothy was entrusted to minister on his own. In his letters, Paul reminded Timothy that his faith might come at a price, preparing Timothy for possible suffering. It is likely that Timothy was witness to Paul’s abusive treatment and suffering. Later in his ministry, Timothy was imprisoned for his faith. Later he was stoned to death by a mob of unbelievers who believed in the pagan goddess, Artemis. Even in his death, Timothy’s life mirrored the apostle Paul.