Forging Character

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Psalm 50:1–6; 1 Kings 14:1–18; 1 Timothy 1:12–20

You probably believe that you have never had a (a “word” from God) spoken “over” you. You might be right. As such, you’ve never had someone say to you, “I thought of you when I read/d this.” Nor have you d, “I felt I had to share this with you.” Nor have you ever had your spirit “struck” by a sermon, a song, or a moment.

If you’ve never had any of these happen, it might be time to stop reading this and ask God when it has happened (note, this wasn’t a whether).

Not all prophetic words are positive for a person. Jeroboam, his wife, and their son (Abijah) received a prophetic word. It wasn’t good. There are multiple points that are sad.

Abijah was probably very young when he died (based on context). As he was young, he hadn’t developed the bad habits of his father and family. That he was the only member of the family to be ed in death is telling.

The other sad part is that Jeroboam and his wife (and by extension their children) d and witnessed the prophetic word coming true and their s were not (it seems) d. God has relented in punishment (or reduced it) when a person repents. Jeroboam didn’t bother.

emphasizes God’s relenting tendencies by his own testimony. He reminds Timothy that he () was the enemy of Christ and Christians before he became the champion he was. In just a few words, shows us the depth of the tragedy of Jeroboam and all those like him throughout history and today.

’s is also important regarding his instructions to Timothy about “waging war” (the implication being a war of ) and the cast out Hymenaeus and Alexander. It may well be that this passage is about Timothy either mourning or trying to drawback Hymenaeus and Alexander into the .

It would make sense as reminds Timothy that the prophetic word that was “over” him was about waging a war of . The situation with Hymenaeus and Alexander seemed to require some sort of battle with the two. told Timothy that he () had let them free. As was Timothy’s mentor, the strong implication is that wanted Timothy to do the same.

It is ’s preceding words that provide the “silver lining” to Hymenaeus and Alexander being handed over to Satan. They can still return, for Jesus Christ is every ful and loving. In addition, added a “to be taught” clause, meaning that his expectation is that Hymenaeus and Alexander are likely to return.


  • It can be hard to let someone fall away as Hymenaeus and Alexander. What can we observe about God in these situations? What can we observe about ourselves?


Lord Christ, thank you for your fulness toward us and the unending you pour into our lives. Help our s to see your fulness and poured out for the world. Amen.

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.