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Study no. 1 on 2 Tim - 'Paul'
What has struck me first and foremost is that the beginning of this letter to his friend Timothy started with his name; Paul.
Whenever I write a letter to anyone I usually start with 'Dear' and whoever it is I am writing to and then finally at the end of the letter put my own signature.
Often when I receive a letter from someone the first thing I do is go to the back and find out who it is from but here Paul makes it quite clear that it is him; Paul It is the reverse of what we do today.
Having spent many years as a secretary I am used to writing letters but of a business nature and often there is the company's logo on the front to make clear who it is from and what kind of letter it is.
I can tell from the envelope whether a letter is personal or business. If it is personal it will probably have a stamp on the front and familiar writing. I don't know about you but I always leave the business ones till last.
Here Paul makes himself known at the beginning probably just to get Timothy's attention. He had probably been waiting for it. I can just imagine Timothy's excitement and wonder of what Paul was going to say, or rather what God wanted to say through Paul. I can almost see the scene now. Timothy would also have been hungry for God's Word just as we are today. Reading the introduction before the opening of Chapter 1 it emphasises that the times were one of persecution and speaking out for the Gospel of Jesus whatever the consequences.
It is a very good and essential thing to be hungry for God's Word. Daily bread, manna from heaven. We can not do without it, it is our life. It is life. Jesus is the Bread of Life. When the disciples at the Last Supper with Jesus, He said 'take eat this is my body'. To partake of Jesus is heaven itself.
God Bless Jacqui xx
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