1 Timothy 2 – August 13-14
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
1 Timothy 2 – Instructions on Worship
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. 7 And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.
8 Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. 9 I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 10 but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.
11 A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. 15 But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.
Be Still and Listen | Rebecca Hoyt
1 Timothy 2:11
My Bible notes that a woman should learn. The verb connotes learning through instruction and underscores Paul’s assumption that women could and would learn. Two phrases describe the manner in which they should learn: in silence and with all submission. The apostle is referring to a heart attitude and demeanor of “quietness” rather than to absolute silence. In the second phrase, Paul directs the women to learn “With all submission”. In this context of learning in the worship assembly, the object of their submission is best understood either as the pastor or, more likely, as sound doctrine. In light of the presence of false teachers, a combination of the two is also possible: Women were to submit themselves only to those pastors who taught sound doctrine.
God wants us to come to Him when we are learning from the Bible and from our pastor at church with a quiet heart. If I’m thinking of a million different other things while listening to the message, I will miss out completely on key things He is showing me. I need to be submissive to God while reading my Bible and think of nothing else but what I’m reading and what He is teaching me.
Father, in this world of everyone being busy, when we learn, You want us to be silent, and when we are, then we can more easily listen and hear what You are saying to us, what You are teaching us.
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