WEDNESDAY 23RD MAY, 2018 MORNING PRAYER DEVOTION
SCRIPTURE READING:– 2 TIMOTHY 4:7-22
TOPIC:- SILENCING ALL ALEXANDER THE COPPERSMITH
TEXT:- 2 TIMOTHY 4:14
The word coppersmith is translated from the Greek word chalkeus, which means “brazier” or “a worker of metals.”
So, he was called Alexander the coppersmith or rather, “the brazier”.
The word is used, however, to denote a worker in any kind of metals. Alexander The Coppersmith in the Bible was a man who did significant harm to Paul’s ministry, [2 Timothy 4:14].
This Alexander the coppersmith may be the same Alexander mentioned in two other places in Scripture, [Acts 19:33 and 1 Timothy 1:20]. Although we cannot be sure, since Alexander was a common name. He is, in all probability, the very same mentioned in Acts 19:33 and it is not unlikely that he may have been the same whom the Apostle was obliged to excommunicate in 1 Timothy 1:20.
During his travels through Asia, Paul encountered some Greeks who were opposed to his preaching because it was damaging their business.
Demetrius was a silversmith in Ephesus who made the silver shrines of Artemis, and he in turn gave business to many other workmen in the area.
As the church in Ephesus grew, sales of the idolatrous shrines fell. Demetrius got the guild of tradesmen together and stirred them up: “You know, my friends, that we receive a good income from this business. And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia.
He says that gods made by human hands are no gods at all. There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited; and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.” See Acts 19:25–27.
In Paul’s second and last letter to Timothy, we find the only direct mention of Alexander the coppersmith. Paul says, “Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to this deeds,” 2 Timothy 4:14.
Paul does not mention any details about the harm Alexander did, only that it was “great.” Notably, Paul did not seek personal revenge; instead, he wisely turned the matter over to the justice of God, Proverbs 20:22; Hebrews 10:30.
Paul warned Timothy, who was Pastoring in Ephesus, about the situation. Later still, imprisoned in Rome, Paul rues the fact that Alexander the coppersmith had continued to damage the cause of Christ and had become a personal enemy.
Possibly, Alexander had used his influence and financial standing to prejudice the Roman authorities against Paul. Whatever the case, “the Lord will repay him for what he has done.” Paul said, he did me much evil. In what way this was done, is not mentioned. 2 Timothy 4:14.
So, anyone, acting as Alexander the Coppersmith in our lives must be silenced. Their evils must backfire!
1. O Lord God, silence anyone opposing the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life, my family, my Church, and Nigeria, in the name of Jesus Christ.
2. I silence anything that is opposing the power of God and Holy life in me, in the name of Jesus Christ.
3. O Lord God, empower me today to do more exploits for You, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Have A Beautiful Mid-Week!