“A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.” 1 Timothy 2:11-12
So we began a new sermon/teaching series from the letter of Paul to Timothy. One of my parishners said he read ahead and wanted to know how I was going to get out of this one. Sunday we will take a look at chapter 2 where Paul instructs Timothy regarding worship celebrations. He wanted to know what I had up my sleeve and if there was any concrete evidence, or would I just us the stand-by that Paul was ole fashioned. So I told him he needed to be there Sunday to hear “the rest of the story”.
So often we forget that the Bible was not penned in a vacuum. There were real people living in real cities with real issues. They had jobs and spouses and babies to take care of. Their teenagers played their music too loud and watched too much TV. They had backyard BBQs and pool parties and bickered among friends and relatives. Life was happening.
Yet, we tend to think that Paul is writing to Timothy from a seminary library surrounded by theology books while he tries to define ecclesiastical utopia. But Timothy is just a young, punk minister who is doing his best to help a flailing congregation that is just moments removed from Pagan religion. He is doing his best to teach them the scriptures and undo a lot of bad theology or just teach them any theology. It is fair to say that Paul understood Timothy. He knew his personality type, his strengths and weakness, and the situation at hand. And Timothy knew Paul. He knew he could trust him to give him wise counsel and guidance.
I have had several mentors in my short ministry so far. Each of them have given me similar counsel. And each of them have given me differing counsel. The difference was not because one mentor was better than the other. The difference came because each one was giving me counsel for different situations. The same is true for scripture. When we approach scripture, we need to compare the similarities between their situation and ours. Then we can make an appropriate application.
So this Sunday we will compare the similarities and difference. And we will see what happens when we try to make the application. But you will have to come and hear the rest of the story.
In the meantime, keep fighting the good fight of faith!