Second Timothy Two: Teacher

Second Timothy Two: Teacher

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Here are three corny jokes to make you roll your eyes.

Q: Why did the teacher wear sunglasses?
A: Because his class was so bright!

 

Q: Why were the teacher’s eyes crossed?
A: She couldn’t control her pupils!

 

Q: How is an English teacher like a judge?
A: They both give out sentences.

In Second Timothy 2:1-7, Paul uses four metaphors to encourage Timothy to stay strong in the faith.  The first comparison that Paul makes is to a teacher.

“You should teach people whom you can trust the things you and many others have heard me say. Then they will be able to teach others.”–2 Timothy 2:2

In this verse, we see three things about teachers.

  1. A teacher must know his students.  Paul told Timothy to teach “faithful men.”  Paul knew that not everyone would care to learn what Timothy had to say.  He did not want Timothy to waste his time trying to teach deaf ears.
  2. To be a teacher, you must be a diligent student. Timothy could not teach without knowledge, so he learned from Paul for many years before he started teaching.  Furthermore, Timothy continued to learn even after he began teaching.
  3. The teacher’s goal is to train more teachers.  Paul knew that he would eventually leave earth and enter heaven.  Therefore, he trained Timothy to continue teaching his message.  Now, Timothy had to do the exact same thing.

We are not all called to be classroom teachers, but we can all pass on the knowledge that we have.  Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.”  We must do the same thing–continue learning from everyone we meet so that we can continue teaching everyone we meet.

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