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1 Timothy 4:11 “These things command and teach.”

Qui-Gon Jinn to Obi-Wan Kenobi
Yoda to Count Dooku
Obi-Wan Kenobi to Anakin Skywalker
Obi-Wan Kenobi to Luke Skywalker
Yoda to Luke Skywalker

Any fan of the Star Wars franchise will recognize the relationships mentioned above. They are the relationships of a Jedi Master to his padawan (apprentice). Each Jedi master would instruct a padawan in the ways of the Jedi and the Force. For those who listened and didn’t turn to the dark side of the Force, they in turn would eventually become the teacher to a new apprentice. Certain lessons were taught; others were commanded.

Thinking and meditating on this verse reminds me of the Great Commission: when Jesus told his disciples to go into the world and make disciples of all the nations. Here, Jesus tells his remaining eleven disciples what He wants them to do: to share and to tell all that they have learned from Him. In turn, what they tell others will be shared. The same things Jesus taught and commanded them are taught and commanded to us today.

So, for your information: these things command and teach.

Something to think about.

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verse 22: “A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.”

There are several analogies I can think of, when I read the above verse:

    Joy – I think of laughter, and I think of the pure hilarious laughter of my youngest son; you just can’t help but smile. When my wife gets cranked up laughing, you can’t help but laugh along too (and that’s all I’ll say about that. 🙂 )
    A broken spirit – I think of Padme Amidala in Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith, who dies of a broken heart over Anakin Skywalker becoming Darth Vader. I remember the physician being puzzled by her condition, because he states, “her injuries were not that serious.”
    The usual collection of sayings, such as “it takes more muscles to frown than to smile”

Recently, I was under a lot of stress, working long hours to meet a deadline. Some of that toll wound up putting me on high blood pressure medicine (I hope temporarily). But on the first day off after the long stretch of several overtime weeks…I just keep feeling myself unwind, and thanking God for the simple things. Now, God got me through that tough time; He’s always there. But joy in your heart is truly a tonic to the physical body; and dry bones…well, there aren’t many uses for those. I just need to remember myself to not let the troubles of this world quench God’s joy in my life.

Have a blessed day in Him!

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