Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.           2Tim 2:15

To be able to teach means one has to learn the lesson well enough to explain and answer questions.  It also includes getting the

student challenged to seek the answer, and figure out the process to find the answer.  This past year the high school class explored hermeneutics, the science of interpretation, especially of the Scriptures. It is the branch of theology that deals with the principles of Biblical exegesis. Exegesis is the critical explanation or interpretation of a text or portion of a text.  We are also learning inductive Bible study, relating to and employing logical induction, leading us to the truth of Scripture.  Then taking on the challenge of apologetics, learning to confirm what we know of God through His Word, and be able share it.  In this day and age, there is a barrage of attacks, meant to undermine the validity of or distort God’s Word.  This past week, one of our missionaries, Andy Labreche, gave an example of a very twisted atheistic ideology, sadly showing  a WWII picture on a poster of a Nazi officer shooting defenseless Jews in the head, taken from an atheist site, with the caption under it, “ Jesus is evil” and the quotation of the verse Luke  19:27.  If one does not know the context, or understand what Jesus was referring to in this parable, or know His audience who were listening, one could be misguided easily.  Just as Paul was writing to young Timothy to encourage him, so that he would strive to live a life approved by God, not ashamed of the gospel, and rightly divide the word of truth, it is critical that we adults and our youth make this a priority as well, as instructed in 2Tim 4:2-3.  The NIV version says “Do your best…the KJV says “Study” which in 1611 at that time period meant “pour yourself into that task”, the NKJV says “Be diligent”, and the definition of the Greek wording is “Strive”…all of these speak of putting our heart, mind, and soul into His Word, and living for an audience of One.  A workman is not particularly flattering, but we are called to be a laborer of integrity and available to work where needed. To correctly handle the truth benefits us as well as our hearers.  As we meditate and memorize this verse, may the Holy Spirit use it where needed in our own hearts and to share it as He deems necessary.