I was unsure if there would be enough in the rest of verse 24 to write a whole post on. After opening up Bible Hub, I was pleasantly surprised to see that even these 5 words can invite in depth study of what the Lord expects of us, his servants.
“And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil…”
“Able to teach” is also translated “apt to teach”, “an apt teacher, “instructive”, “a skillful teacher” and even “teachable” (which takes on a whole different meaning in my mind….changing from what you do ~teach~ to how you are ~teachable~)
Apt: fit, suitable, having a tendency, liable, qualified.
Are we qualified to teach the Truth? I love how the ISV puts 2 Cotinthians 3:5-6:
“By ourselves we are not qualified to claim that anything comes from us. Rather, our credentials come from God, who has also qualified us to be ministers of a new covenant…”
As a homeschooling mom, this verse is so encouraging to me. As a child of the living God, my credentials come from Him. I should try that answer the next time someone in the grocery stores asks what qualifies me to teach my children. 😉
The next time you feel that prompting because you are in a situation to share the Gospel, don’t shrink away because you think you aren’t able to teach it. We are all, as Christians, equipped by the Holy Spirit to teach! Although, the person hearing may reject it, you are called to do your part by putting it out there. Even if it means you will be met with evil….
“Patiently enduring evil”.
There are many different translations of this phrase. The King James Version simply says “patient”. Other ones are “not resentful”, “willing to suffer wrong”, “long-suffering”, “forbearing”, and “patient with difficult people”.
The Greek word here is anexikakon: patient when wronged. HELPS word study goes on to say that it “shows the quality of patiently affirming a belief in face of mockery.”
When was the last time you were mocked for your faith? When I think of standing firm in the face of mockery, I think of Jesus. In Mark 15, He is mocked as He is being physically mistreated. I can’t even begin to fathom that. Having the ability to give the very people who are abusing you vocally, emotionally, psychologically and physically what they deserve with just a word… yet staying quiet and enduring it. It’s humbling. I think I am being mistreated when the most petty of things happens to me and I automatically jump to words and attitudes that are less than godly (to say the least). Really gives me something to think about over the weekend.
What stands out to you in this verse?
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