Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 2 Study # 5
June 22, 2014
Dayton, Texas
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<051> Thesis: The apostle's "male" behavior was a necessary counterpoint to his "wet nurse" behavior. Introduction: Several weeks ago we looked at Paul's claim that the Thessalonians could remember his activity "as a babe" among them like the harmlessness of a "wet nurse" when she was caring for her own children. The focus of that part of this paragraph was upon his absolute fixation upon the benefit he was bringing to them. He would not refrain from imparting to them the Gospel and his own soul and his fixation was upon not putting them under any constraints of any kind to give him anything, working day and night to provide for his own needs. This evening we are going to look at the other side of that coin. Whereas his "harmlessness" was like unto the care a wet nurse gave to her own children, the counter balance to that was his activity as a "father toward his own children". The wet nurse required nothing of them for her own needs, but the "father" is full of "insistence". There are, obviously, two sides to The Gospel: what God has provided of His own efforts at His own cost; and the reciprocity that His provision requires.