Pastoral Epistles 8 (Part 5)
Dr. John Cook / General
2 Timothy 2:6 KJV 1900
The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.
- Farmer, vinedresser
- Husbandman carries meaning of caring for.
- Husband: manage prudently and economically; manager
- “that laboureth”
- Ministry is a job, it’s labour (1 Corinthians 3:5–9; 1 Timothy 5:18)
- Labour belongs to the husbandman. “…planted…watered…”
- Results belong to God. “…God gave the increase” (1 Corinthians 3:6)
- Calls for hard ground broken up: Jeremiah 4:3
- “…fallow ground…”
- Calls for cleanup: “…sow not among thorns…” (cp. Matthew 13:42)
- Seed spread as we read in Matthew 13; Mark 3; Luke 8
- Parable “Sower and the seed” teach us the job and results seen in time.
- Requires patience: Galatians 6:9
- Self-discipline, training, self-denial, alertness
- Requires hardness:
- Carefulness “study”
- Requires faithfulness:
- Stay by the crop, work the ground, weed, guard (Proverbs 27:23–27)
- Keep the foxes out: (Song of Solomon 2:15; Isaiah 5:1–7)
- Is entitled to eat of the crop: 1 Corinthians 9:7
- We work for God: “And said unto them; go…” (Matthew 20:4 cp. 28:19)
- God in his grace enables us to partake of the fruits: Galatians 5:22
- Sample of what is to come.
2 Timothy 2:7 KJV 1900
Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
- Don’t take it lightly.
- Let it sink in!
- “Consider what I say”
- Consider the job.
- Consider the difficulties.
- Consider Whose we are.
- “and the Lord give thee understanding in all things”
- We depend on the Lord for the understanding of the work that is before us.
- We depend on the Lord for source of our strength.
- We depend on the Lord for the crop to come. (Isaiah 28:10, 13)
- Time to grow up: 1 Corinthians 14:20
- No longer children, now men
- Our Lord Jesus Christ gives us the understanding: 1 John 5:20; 16:13–16
- We are dependent on the Lord for strength, and outcome.
- All by the work of God in our lives.
- Our job
- Our crops
- Our strength