Jannes and Jambres are not mentioned by name in the Old Testament. We
might suppose that Paul knew their names by inspiration, but it seems he
mentions them with the expectation that Timothy would also know their names.
- Who were Lois and Eunice, and what sort of picture do we get of them from
Acts 16:1-2, 2 Tim. 1:5, and 2 Tim. 3:13-15?
- Paul names several people in 2 Timothy in whom he has no confidence.
Who are they and what does Paul say about them?
- For what did Paul commend Onesiphorus?
- Paul mentions Mark in 2 Tim. 2:4. What previous dealings do we know
that Paul had with Mark? Acts 13:13, 15:39
- In the face of a significant error, Paul reminds Timothy that the firm
foundation of God stands (2 Tim. 2:16-19). With this in mind, answer the
- What language in verse 16 has been previously used in 1 Timothy in
connection with gnosticism?
- Why might gnostics deny the resurrection?
- What effect had this denial of the resurrection had on some?
- Do we hear of dangerous teachings among brethren today?
- Think carefully about this question, especially considering what Paul had
to say: When there are dangerous teachings about, ought we to despair that the
church might be destroyed?
Given that in the OT there were individuals named who opposed the
truth (Dathan, Korah, Abiram, ten of the 12 spies, Hananiah in Jer. 28,
Zedekiah in 1 Ki. 22:24), why do you suppose Paul chose to make his point
using Jannes and Jambres, whose names were not included in the OT? Why not
have said, "Even as Zedekiah withstood Micaiah, so do they also withstand the
Paul speaks of his having been delivered out of what? (2 Tim. 2:17;
Compare the similar language in Ps. 22:20-21.)