on 1 Timothy 2:11-15

Regarding 1 Timothy 2:11-15 …. (these are my own thoughts trying as able to just stick with the text)

The focus of Paul’s letter to Timothy is in chapter 1:3-7 –

“As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain persons not to teach false doctrines any longer or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.”

Here Paul tells Timothy to:
1) command certain persons not to teach false doctrines any longer; (there was a false teacher among them) (v3)
2) to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies and that (v 4)
3)Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk (v6)
4) they want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about (v7)note in v 20 he calls out two men in particular who have shipwrecked their faithWhy is this important? because
5) Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work (v4).
Instead,
6) he urges everyone to pray (2:1) and live quiet lives (2:2)

Why? Because there is one God and one mediator – Jesus Christ (2:5).

7) he repeats the exhortation to pray in 2:8 – don’t be angry, stop quarreling; dress modestly (in keeping with his exhortation for the men to live quiet lives (2:2)) learn in quietness (2:11).

Now he makes a shift to the singular:

8) there’s this woman, I do not permit her to teach or “αὐθεντεῖν” (don’t let her assume a stance of independent authority – or be domineering) (2:12) (Is she one of the ones in 1:7? She wants to be a teacher of the law, but she does not know what she is talking about?? She was teaching the false story of the fall…) In verse 11 he said women should learn.

She must be quiet….. (2:12)

It is imperative to get false teachers out of the church and not allow them to have a voice….

Nothing to see here about women not being able to teach or lead in the church…. the imperative is guarding against false teaching and usurping domineering type people… (men do it too).

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