I Timothy 4 Part 3
New King James Version 12. Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
The Resultant Version 12. Let no one despise your youth, but you become an example of the believers in word, in manner of life, in love, in spirit, in faith, in pureness.
God urges Timothy to not let anyone despise his youth. Timothy by this time was much older than he was when he first started representing Paul. The fact is that he may have been no more than a middle teenager, somewhere between sixteen and eighteen, when Paul first sent him to strengthen and establish the Thessalonian believers in the faith, as Paul records he did in I Thessalonians 3. Imagine old men being taught how to stand strong by one so young! Timothy must have been quite an amazing young man indeed. Compared to that, Timothy is now around 30 years old, and so must have been much more acceptable as a leader based on age. Yet even so, there were men in Ephesus much older than he was. Remember that the Jews despised the Lord Jesus when He was about Timothy’s age (after His birth in Bethlehem) in John 8:57 because He was “not yet fifty years old,” which was perhaps what they considered the age of respectability for a teacher. Therefore, there may have been those among the older people in Ephesus who would have despised Timothy for his youth. Read the rest of this entry »