1 Timothy 2:1-15
It was of importance to Paul that Christians should pray for, intercede for, and give thanks for everyone (all of humanity), especially those who have been put in authority (like kings). He urged this so that Christians might lead peaceful, quiet, godly and holy lives.
God desires that all should be saved and know truth, and delights when we pray this over people.
There is only one God and one person who makes a way for us (our go-between), Jesus Christ. He is our go between because of the testimony of his sacrifice for us.
Paul was appointed a herald and apostle to tell the truth, without twisting it, as a teacher of the true faith to the Gentiles, so that all might come to be saved.
It was also his desire that men throughout the global Church would lift up their hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.
His desire for women was that they would dress modestly, in a decent and proper manner without the need for braided hair, jewelry, or expensive clothes. But rather clothed with good deeds as should be seen of women who claim to follow Christ. In addition he shares that women should learn in quietness and submission. He would not allow women to teach or have authority over men, but rather remain silent.
Adam was formed first, followed by Eve, who was the first to be deceived and sin.
He ends by saying that women will be saved through childbearing, along with living lives of faith, love, and holiness with propriety.
Wow, there's a lot in here! As I was reading this Scripture, the application for me today is to be diligent in my call to pray without anger or disputing. As a new husband, I am called to lead my household and I need to follow the example of Christ so that I might be a worthy example of a Christ-following husband. In addition to prayer, I need to keep my mood/attitude in check so I can lead without getting angry or disputing with my wife.
God, give me the strength to do the things I feel you are calling me to do. While prayer is not something new for me to do, adjusting to my life as a husband is. Would you be with me and nudge me to be diligent in my time with you, that I might pray for those I know, for those in authority, and for those I have yet to meet. Help me to keep myself in check so I do not offend/hurt my wife because you have given her to me as a precious gift to be cherished always. May my words build her up and not tear her down. Father I pray this for all the men, husbands, and fathers in Trinity as well, Lord that they too would be the examples and leaders that you have called them to be in their own families. We do all these things for your glory, that we might join with the rest of the world in glorifying the name of your Son Jesus Christ, Amen.
Posted on Mon, June 29, 2015
by joel king