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II Timothy 1:5 (Pt. 2)  Thought/Prayer:  A “Mixed” Family.  Topics:  2 at end.

“When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in you, which dwelled first in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in you also.” AKJV (Read these scriptures and more at

Timothy, the apostle Paul’s “adopted” son came from a “mixed” family, if you will.  His mother was a Jew; his father was Greek (Acts 16:1).  As a Greek, chances are his father was probably not a believer.  We just aren’t told.  But whatever His beliefs, apparently he and Timothy’s mother Eunice worked out how they would bring up Timothy:  in the Jewish faith.  But more than that, Timothy’s grandmother Lois and his mother had trusted in Jesus for their salvation.  Through the scriptures they taught, salvation was found in the household.  We can always hope that at some point Timothy’s father could believe.

The scriptures from which Timothy learned were what we now call the Old Testament: the New Testament had not yet been written.  Paul and Timothy were living right after the crucifixion and resurrection, and the New Testament was later formed from accounts of this time and more.

But the Old Testament points to the New Testament and Christ.  There are so many references to Christ in the Old Testament.  Through the narratives and poetry, Timothy would have been well-presented with the Christ and His redemptive work—- work that had taken place not too far in the past for this family:  the resurrection.  It’s obvious that his mother and grandmother did believe.  We don’t know exactly how, but they did put their faith in the Risen Christ.

We, of course, do not know what types of discussions Timothy’s mother and father had concerning Timothy’s upbringing.  But we can praise God that his father allowed his mother (and grandmother) to present scripture to Timothy – and the rest is history, as we say.  It’s within the history in the Bible that we see this family – mixed, yes, as far as background and culture was concerned – and the results that came out of it – results that brought the family to light in the scriptures we read to day in the New Testament. 

This family’s marriage arrangement may have been “mixed,” in the Jewish culture; but God brought out of this home the Timothy that we admire today because of this youthful faith and his usefulness to Paul.  We have many mixed (blended, etc.) families today.  There are many marriages where both partners are not believers.  But God can bring out of such arrangements great hope . . . such as Paul saw in Timothy.

Topics:  Pray for families where the parents are not both believers, that God will speak to unbelieving hearts and bring LIFE issues before the Lord, hopefully to be seen in unity of belief and purpose.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 09/15 at 05:45 PM
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