My Grandma often quizzed me on my bible knowledge and she expected me to remember and promptly recall some of the more arcane items, such as the number of total number of Bible chapters, (1189); the total number of chapters in the Old Testament, (9290; the total chapters in the New Testament, (260); the longest chapter, (Psalms 119); the shortest chapter, (Psalms 117) and so forth.
She was particularly fond of reminding me about the only verse that mentions the word “grandmother”, (“I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also” (2nd. Timothy, 1:5).
She was also frequently given to reminding me that the Apostle Paul, though (in her opinion), something of a misogynist who reflected the mores of his day, was nevertheless the most powerful voice in the creation and sustaining of the early church.
She understood that at the time Paul wrote his Second Letter to Timothy he was anticipating that the time of his martyrdom was near and saw no chance of his being acquitted and released. He wrote this letter to say farewell. He desired to write one final word of encouragement to his dear son in the faith, Timothy, an encouragement that would also benefit the church. Grandma noted his need to make sure his followers kept the faith and she was convinced that Paul’s reference to Timothy’s grandmother and mother were designed to remind him of his mission of faithfulness.
Here’s to Grandma’s the whole world over.