Pastoral Epistles Lesson 8 (Part 5)

Pastoral Epistles Lesson 8 (Part 5)

Pastoral Epistles 8 (Part 5)

Dr. John Cook / General

2 Timothy 2:6-7

2 Timothy 2:6 KJV 1900

The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.

  • “husbandman”
    • 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:
    • Sweat
    • Carefulness “study”
    • Prayer
    • motivation
  • 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.

  • “Consider”
    • 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.

Conclusion

  1. Our job
  2. Our crops
  3. Our strength

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