2 Timothy 2:1-6 –WORD PICTURES FOR TIMOTHY
Remember when you were a kid? Your favorite books were the books with pictures in them. As I grew up, I enjoyed going to my great grandmother’s house, where she had Sunday School papers that had the Bible, and other stories in cartoon form. Even today, we like to see pictures to illustrate what we are reading.
There is another kind of picture I enjoy. It is called a “word picture”. This is when someone illustrates what they are saying with a story, an example, a model, or an illustration from life. Most of us find it easier to remember someone’s “word pictures” more than any other part of a message.
The Bible makes use of word pictures. Our Lord often used them. Some of the ones he used were the sower and the soils, the vine and the branches, the lost sheep, the lost coin, the lost son, the unjust steward, and the wheat and the tares.
In 2 Timothy 2 we find several word pictures used as illustrations by Paul for his disciple, Timothy. I see Paul taking Timothy on an imaginary tour as he brings him with word pictures to:
THE CLASSROOM Vs. 2
THE ARMY CAMP Vss. 3-4
THE SPORTS ARENA Vs. 5
The man who strives for masteries is the athlete competing in an athletic event. The crown here is the victor’s wreath given to the winner. In order to be crowned the winner, he must follow the rules.
THE VINEYARD Vs. 6