A Victorious Mother
A victorious mother is not a mother that is without battles, in fact, victory cannot be experienced without a battle! A Biblical look at Eunice, the mother of Timothy.
2 Timothy 1:1-5 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, 2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; 4 Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy; 5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
Acts 16:1-6 Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek: 2 Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium. 3 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek. 4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem. 5 And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily. 6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,
2 Timothy 3:14-15 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Eunice means “victorious or conquering well”
I. The Succession: That paints a picture of her Success!
“The unfeigned faith” that first dwelt in Lois (her mother) and Eunice now dwelt in the heart of her son Timothy!
II. The Contrast: That paints a picture of her Struggle!
Definition “but”: Conjunction: Used to introduce something contrasting with what has already been mentioned.
Eunice was a Jewess that believed, but here husband was simply “a Greek”
She had a struggle within her marriage or she was a widow with a son.
She is believed by many to eventually have been a single mother because of the seeming absence of her husband in most accounts of Timothy’s life.
A. The Obedience of the Widow of Zarephath
1 Kings 17:8-15 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, 9 Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. 10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. 11 And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. 12 And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. 13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. 14 For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth. 15 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
B. The Faith of the Widow of the Prophet:
2 Kings 4:1-7 Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. 2 And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil. 3 Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. 4 And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full. 5 So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out. 6 And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed. 7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.
C. The Diligence of the Mother of Moses
Hebrews 11:23-25 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment. 24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
III. The Legacy: That paints a picture of her Steadfastness!
“That from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures”
1 Corinthians 1:22-23 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
There were two cultures struggling within the family, yet Eunice faithfully and steadfastly exposed her son to the Scriptures. Timothy could have been pushed in the way of “wisdom” of the Greeks. He could have been told that education and science was the path of success for a young man that would desire to succeed. He could have been groomed as a disciple of the Jewish religious system of the day and aspired to be brought up at the feet of great men of religion. I don’t believe anything Eunice did was “glamorous” of “spectacular” in that her nearest neighbors probably did not hold her in high admiration for the great strides in her living, I believe this ladies success as a mother was unimpressive to the onlooker, humbly and diligently she taught and raised her son in the Scriptures! No doubt Eunice led her son with a firm and faithful hand in the things of the Scriptures to the point that the faith that dwelt in her would dwell also in him! The Scriptures known and beloved to her was known and beloved in him!
Moms consider this question, as we think of this dear lady, we realize the effort she must have expended to keep her child under the influence of the Word of God. We don’t know if she had her own copies of the Scripture. Did she possess the scrolls or did she take him to the temple?
*AD 45 Paul would first come to Derbe and Lystra under great persecution and preach the Gospel there on his first missionary journey. On his second journey he would return in AD 52, 7 years later and take timothy with him for the ministry!
Paul would be the human instrument used of God to take the Gospel to the Gentiles and Timothy would be his right hand man and son in the faith:
Of this Preacher Paul would write:
Philippians 2:19-24 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. 20 For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. 21 For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s. 22 But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel. 23 Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me. 24 But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly.