From Paul, who is an apostle of Jesus Christ by the command of God our savior and of Christ Jesus our hope. To Timothy, my true child in the faith. Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and from Christ Jesus our Lord. When I left for Macedonia, I asked you to stay behind in Ephesus so that you could instruct certain individuals not to spread wrong teaching. They shouldn’t pay attention to myths and endless genealogies. Their teaching only causes useless guessing games instead of faithfulness to God’s way of doing things. The goal of instruction is love from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith. Because they missed this goal, some people have been distracted by talk that doesn’t mean anything. They want to be teachers of Law without understanding either what they are saying or what they are talking about with such confidence. Now we know that the Law is good if used appropriately. We understand this: the Law isn’t established for a righteous person but for people who live without laws and without obeying any authority. They are the ungodly and the sinners. They are people who are not spiritual, and nothing is sacred to them. They kill their fathers and mothers, and murder others. They are people who are sexually unfaithful, and people who have intercourse with the same sex. They are kidnappers, liars, individuals who give false testimonies in court, and those who do anything else that is opposed to sound teaching. Sound teaching agrees with the glorious gospel of the blessed God that has been trusted to me. (1 Timothy 1:1-11, CEB)
Paul left Timothy in Ephesus to make sure sound teaching was what was taught. Making sure that myths and endless genealogies were not the norm of what was taught. Endless genealogies? I take that to mean that people said they had the sound teaching based on who they descended from. As in our family has been a part of this congregation for 5 generations and my great-great-great-great grandfather gave that light fixture to the congregation so it is the only proper light for worship.
Sometimes we get hung up on the wrong things. And follow after what we shouldn’t.
Know who God is and what we need to do love God and love others. Don’t get hung up on myths and other stuff.
Loving People. Loving God.