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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 12: “Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.”

I remember watching Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones, and the scene toward the end of the movie where Master Yoda confronts the villainous Count Dooku. Up until now, we had seen Yoda use the force, but in this case, we see him launch into a lightsaber duel with Dooku. Thanks to the cinematic magic of CGI, we see Yoda leaping, rolling, jumping, zipping all around, dueling Dooku, a foe who physically is almost 2-3 times as tall as he is. It’s in this scene that the Star Wars fan is reminded what an incredible Jedi warrior Yoda was and still is; you wouldn’t think that watching him walk slowly with his cane in the preceding movies.

I made a comparison, when my wife and I were singing a duet, about what a prayer warrior this elderly lady in our church is who had just given a testimony (I don’t like to use real people’s names ordinarily in my posts, but family in our church know who she is.) Folks started to chuckle when I compared her to Yoda; I had to correct them over “obvious similarities”. I wasn’t comparing them because they are both old, or that they are short, or that they walk with a cane. I was comparing them…because they are both warriors. This lady is a prayer warrior, and when she says she is praying for you, you better believe it!

Epaphras was just such a prayer warrior in the days of Paul’s ministry. There is significance that Paul mentions him in his closing chapter here. Prayer is an effective tool in our faith, and we all can pray. God hears our prayers, when they are offered sincerely, and that has been seen in many documented cases of miracles in people’s lives.

Today was our departing pastor’s last service, and appropriately enough, after all the singing, worship, and sermon was done, we closed in prayer for our pastor and for our church. If you don’t already do so, make sure to end and begin your day…with prayer to God.

This concludes our study on Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians. After a short hiatus, we’ll return for a new study in the New Testament.
That study is tentatively titled the Information study…the 4-1-1.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

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