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2Tim.3:14-17Mother's DayA GODLY MOTHER’S TEACHING FOR DIFFICULT

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2 Timothy 3:14–17 HCSB
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed. You know those who taught you, 15 and you know that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
2Tim.3

Sub: “A GODLY MOTHER’S TEACHING FOR DIFFICULT”

INTRO:

As you read the second letter Paul wrote to Timothy, it does not take long to see that Paul had deep concerns about the possibility of Timothy becoming unfaithful in the work to which he had been assigned. Because of Timothy living and serving among false teachers, Paul was concerned that Timothy might move away from the truth of the gospel and turn toward the more popular teachings of the false teachers.

The things the false teachers were teaching were more attractive and appealing to hearers than the gospel. This is an evidence of the fact that Satan can make untruth more attractive and more appealing than the truth. Satan is so good at his work that he can make poison taste as good as peppermint. Regardless of how good poison might taste, it is still deadly.

One of the ways Paul showed his concern for Timothy remaining faithful to the work to which he had been assigned was by giving him constant commands concerning his work and his relationship to Jesus Christ. Paul gave Timothy one command after another in order to urge him to be faithful. In chapter one he gives him a list of commands, in chapter two he gives him a list of commands, in this chapter, chapter three he gives him two commands were “know” realize this (v.1) and “continue” in the things you have learned (v.14). Both of these words in the Greek are in the imperative mood, present tense, and active voice which means this mood imperative is a command. When kings spoke to subjects, masters to servants, or parents to children, the imperative was normal. We expect to find the imperative any time a superior addressed an inferior or when one with recognized authority spoke. Present tense means an action in progress that must be continued without an end. Active voice means the subject of a sentence is producing or performing the action.

ginōskō -know- "be aware" and "understand." To see things as they truly are, Through the Word of God without opinion or speculation.

menō -continue- is translated "remain" in the senses of "dwell," "rest on," in several contexts.

Menō refers to staying in a house as a guest. Don’t worry about what you learned being in you, but what you learned move in it as a guest and set up permanent residence.

Timothy had to live in the Scripture—live, move, and have his being in the Scripture. And more, he had to live out the Scripture—continue to walk and live in the truths of the Scripture. Timothy needed to compare the new teachings to which he was being exposed to the old he had been taught. He needed to have a preference and make a selection. He was commanded to prefer and choose the old over the new.

Timothy was commanded not to stray from the teaching he had already received Timothy was commanded to stay in, abide in, dwell in what he had already been taught. Timothy was commanded to live in the teaching he had already received. There was not a need for any new teaching. The old teaching was enough to sustain him.

Paul, "Called to remembrance the unfeigned faith…which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice.…But continue thou in the things which. thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them" (; ). There is no one who can communicate the deep things of life on a daily basis like a godly mother. The father certainly has a responsibility of leadership, both by way of example and instruction, but invariably it is the mother who makes the deepest impression on a child, especially in the years of infancy.

I. A GODLY MOTHER’S CONVICTION

" Clearly recalling your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois, then in your mother Eunice, and that I am convinced is in you also. . A careful study of , together with and , makes it plain that these two women enjoyed a faith in God through our Lord Jesus Christ which was both scriptural and saving, a good example of the nature of convictional faith.

5 clearly recalling your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois, then in your mother Eunice, and that I am convinced is in you also. . A careful study of , together with and , makes it plain that these two women enjoyed a faith in God through our Lord Jesus Christ which was both scriptural and saving, a good example of the nature of convictional faith.

Both Timothy's mother and grandmother were introduced to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ on Paul's second missionary journey. Eunice is there described as a Jewish woman who "believed."

II. A GODLY MOTHER’S CLASS

II. A GODLY MOTHER’S CLASS

As God's people, we are not to leave our children's education to the schools. There is no greater need in America than for Christian parents to get back to the Bible when rearing their children. Jesus Christ and His Word must be at the center of education. It is impossible to have a good education without Christ. Without the Bible we might be able to teach a person how to make a living, but without the Word we'll never teach him how to live. "That from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures" (). The word translated "child" means a new born or infant, a babe. This emphasizes the fact that a child needs to be taught and can be taught spiritual matters from the cradle. Though the child's mind may not comprehend the Scriptures as an adult can, reading the Scriptures in the child's presence, even when the child is in diapers, will have an effect on the child. Grandmother Lois and mother Eunice would be Timothy's first teachers (), and how well they taught!

"From a child" Timothy was rooted and grounded in God's Word. The word translated "child" here is brephos, which means literally "embryo," or "newly born babe." So Timothy imbibed the Scriptures with his mother's milk. Her lullabies were the Psalms. The songs she sang around the house were Hebrew hymns. She taught him to read from the Bible and to respect it as the foremost and final authority on all matters. And when his mother wasn't teaching him, his grandmother was. Timothy's father must have been a very tolerant man, or perhaps he died when Timothy was still young.

From boyhood, Timothy knew about Moses in the bulrushes, Moses at the burning bush, Daniel in the lions' den, and Elijah on Mount Carmel. Timothy was taught about the Mosaic Law and God's righteous demands; about the moral law and the ceremonial law; about the sacrifices, the offerings, the tabernacle, and the temple; about Hebrew history of the Jewish people. Timothy read the prophets and learned about the Hebrew hope of a coming Messiah.

By the time Paul came to his hometown, Timothy's heart and mind had been well prepared. He responded at once to the message of "salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." Thereafter, Paul was not only Timothy's spiritual father but also his mentor. Under Paul's instruction, Timothy's learning went beyond anything that his godly mother and grandmother could teach him.

III. A GODLY MOTHER’S CURRICULUM

“and you know that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus." (). The main source of Timothy's learning has been the Scriptures. In his time that would be the Old Testament because the New Testament did not yet exist.

“and you know that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus." (). The main source of Timothy's learning has been the Scriptures. In his time that would be the Old Testament because the New Testament did not yet exist.

Timothy's father was a Greek (). Likely enough, he had told his little boy stories about the greatness of Greece and her gods and how Mount Olympus was their home. There were many gods such as Zeus, the father of the gods; Hermes, the messenger of the gods; and Neptune, god of the sea. Timothy's mother told him that the imaginary lawless, lustful gods of Greek mythology were really imaginary gods made in the image of fallen man.

Timothy's father probably told his boy Homer's tales about Ulysses, Helen of Troy, Circe, the Cyclops, the Sirens, Medusa, and the Minotaur—once-upon-a-time stories full of adventure, excitement, and narrow escapes. He also told him of historical accounts of Philip of Macedon and Alexander; of Thermopylae, Salamis, the Spartans, and the wars with Persia; of Athens and Mars Hill; of the golden age of Greece; and of Plato, and Aristotle. And little Timothy no doubt listened with wide-eyed wonder.

But Timothy's mother and grandmother were Jewish, and they had other tales to tell Timothy. They told Timothy about Adam and Eve; Cain and Abel; Abraham and Isaac and Jacob; David and Goliath; Samson and Delilah; Moses and Pharaoh; and Joseph, Jonathan, Jeremiah, Jonah, and Job. These were the stories that captured the mind and heart of Timothy.

After all, what was Mount Olympus compared with Mount Moriah, Mount Sinai, or Mount Zion? What was Hercules compared with Samson? What were the gods of Greece compared with the Elohim-Jehovah-Adonai of the Jewish people? Who could settle for human reasoning when he could have divine revelation? So young Timothy's heart turned toward the Scriptures. In the battle for his soul, the fairy stories of Greek religion lost out to the truths of Scripture.

, The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible – 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, (Chattanooga: Leadership Ministries Worldwide, 1991), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "C. The Godly Mark of Living in the Scripture, 3:14-17".
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