les Davey de France

Alan and Pat live and work in Bordeaux. Alan is a pastor and Pat was a nurse. Now we work with UFM worldwide. Read on! (If you'd like to know what took us to Bordeaux, then start with the archives from September 2004)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Reflect and the Lord will give insight

2 Timothy 2:1-7 (NIV)

You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer. Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.

One of Matthew Henry's strengths as a commentator is that he treats quite large passages - paragraphs at least. 2 Timothy 2 v 2 is a motto verse for many of us, but Paul pens that sentence in the context of verses 1 - 7, and of the whole letter.

How does the immediate context control our understanding of this text ?

Time to reflect !

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