I’m on a scripture memory journey this year, and today’s video is my recital of
2 Timothy 3 in the English Standard Version.
Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men. 2 Timothy 3:8-9
Don’t get distracted by people who oppose the truth; that’s what Paul wanted Timothy to remember when he named two men who attempted to thwart the Israelite’s exodus from Egypt.
Hebrew tradition says Jannes and Jambres were Egyptian magicians who, in the presence of Pharaoh, imitated the miracles of Aaron to destroy Moses’ influence with the king.
Exodus 7:10-11 may contain a veiled reference to them:
So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the Lord commanded. Aaron cast down his staff before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a serpent. Then Pharaoh summoned the wise men and the sorcerers, and they, the magicians of Egypt, also did the same by their secret arts.
Perhaps you’ve encountered opposition from people who want to destroy your influence or ministry. I have.
Such challenges are par for the course these days.
That’s why Paul warned Timothy about people like Jannes and Jambres, urging the young pastor to hold fast to the Scriptures:
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:14-15).
We live in challenging days where people frequently oppose the truth of God’s word. However, we still need to share the Gospel message:
“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15).
After all, how will people hear the good news if we don’t tell them (Romans 10:14)?
Jesus never promised our journey would be easy; however, He assured the reward for enduring opposition would be worth it (Matthew 5:11-12).
About the Author:
Laura Lacey Johnson is an experienced radio broadcaster, television news reporter, and Bible study leader who writes regularly about news, culture, and faith at lauralaceyjohnson.com. She also writes for ChristianHeadlines.com.