FOR THE TIME WILL COME

“For the time will come…”

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;
but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers,
having itching ears”
IITim: 4:3

(Greek Exegesis)

“…shall heap to themselves teachers…”

Shall they heap to themselves teachers (ἑαυτοῖς ἐπισωρεύ σουσιν διδασκάλους) A vigorous and graphic statement. Ἑπισωρεύειν to heap up, N.T. Comp. σεσωρευμένα laden, 3:6. The word is ironical; shall invite teachers en masse. In periods of unsettled faith, skepticism, and mere curious speculation in matters of religion, teachers of all kinds swarm like the flies in Egypt. The demand creates the supply. The hearers invite and shape their own preachers. If the people desire a calf to worship, a ministerial calf-maker is readily found. “The master of superstition is the people, and in all superstition wise men follow fools” (Bacon, Ess. 17).

Having itching ears (κνηθόμενοι τὴν ἀκοήν) Or, being tickled in their hearing. Κνήθειν to tickle, N.T. lxx. Κνηθόμενοι itching. Hesychius explains, “hearing for mere gratification.” Clement of Alexandria describes certain teachers as “scratching and tickling, in no human way, the ears of those who eagerly desire to be scratched” (Strom. v.). Seneca says: “Some come to hear, not to learn, just as we go to the theater, for pleasure, to delight our ears with the speaking or the voice or the plays” (Vincent’s Word Studies)

The word narcosis is the result or state of temporary being that arises from this pursuit of mere gratification. As it speaks in the scriptures of a famine of the “hearing” of the Word of God, and because of this “…they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it” Amos 8:11 – 12. There is a lust for knowledge that is not for the purpose of becoming but simply for the pursuit of accumulating more knowledge. It is a day of great obscurity as the wheat and the tares grow together until the day of harvest when the sheep are separated from the goats. This separation is not based on the accumulation of knowledge but is determined by the nature of the individual (IIPet. 1:4). It is through the process of obedience and the pursuit of His person that what we hear becomes what we are. When teaching no longer creates a cry within the hearts of its recipients to become, it is simply another means of entertainment for a people who “heap to themselves teachers”.

I felt impressed to send out this short article that I wrote in 2007 and though it is not meant as something easy to read it is simply a Greek word study on 2Timothy 4:3.

B. Troxel
March 18, 2007

MAKE ME UNDERSTAND THE WAY…

“Make me understand the WAY of Your precepts”

PSALM 119:27

The Hebrew Word used here for precepts is best translated instruction. It is a word that is always in the plural and is only used in the Psalms. We see here that the instruction of the Lord is not a teaching as we in our day understand it; it is a communication of something far deeper. The Psalmist here is asking God to help him understand the WAY of His instruction. True Godly instruction will cause us to realize that it is only known by walking in the WAY of that instruction. The WAY communicates to us that there is a walk involved in HIS teachings. This is not a doctrine but a WAY that brings us to the one who is LIFE; the very LIFE that we long for.

It is crucial for us to know HIM AS THE WAY, so that we may come to know HIM AS THE TRUTH, and in knowing HIM as the TRUTH, we will then find HIM as THE LIFE!

“I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life…”

The progression of our growth and development in Him cannot be short circuited. The error of this hour is in thinking that by gathering to ourselves knowledge that we will somehow know what truth is. But TRUTH IS A PERSON not an accumulation of data. We see many steeped in teaching by which there is a “form of righteousness” revealed; but within the life of the individual there is no POWER to actually be changed and transformed. This is religion at its worst. It will not produce the radically transformed life. It will not produce original expressions of the Holy Spirit. It can only manufacture a cloned religious expression that is manageable by the religious system; sterile, safe and impotent in terms of turning this world upside down with the powerful expressions of the RISEN CHRIST!

Lord, Bring us back to the simplicity, originality and power of your WAY. Bring us back to the ministration of TRUTH where we are impacted with the LIVING WORD that cuts asunder our lives even unto the thoughts and intents of our hearts; that reveals our NEED to be cleansed and purified by the FIRE of your PRESENCE! SAVE us from meetings that are predictable and “safe”, SAVE us from the status quo, SAVE us from obligations to men and bring us into the FEAR OF THE LORD!

“UNTO THEM THAT LOOK FOR HIM
SHALL HE APPEAR…”

Brian Troxel