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									                                        Paul’s Swan Song
                      2 Timothy 4:6 – “For…the time of my departure has come.”
The movie – “The Bucket List”
The song – “Live Like You Were Dying” by Tim McGraw

The swan song
   1. It was an ancient belief (though wrong) that the Mute Swan makes no noise in its life until it is just about to die
       and then it sings a final beautiful song.
   2. The swan song is now a term for a final theatrical appearance, one last time the performer leaves everything on
       the stage in his final song or play.
   3. As we consider that, turn to 2 Timothy, because this letter is Paul’s Swan Song.

What are the thoughts of a man who is about to die?
  1. Jacob blessed his sons (Genesis 49).
  2. Joseph asked for his bones to be taken out of Egypt to the promised land of Canaan (Gen. 50:24-26).
  3. Moses was concerned about the faithfulness of his people after he died (Deut. 31:26-30).
            a. He therefore, by the Spirit, wrote the Song of Moses (Deut. 32).
            b. He, like Jacob, blessed the people before he died (Deut. 33:1).
  4. Joshua charged the people of Israel to choose this day whom they will serve (Josh. 24:15).
  5. David urged his son Solomon to be strong and to prove himself a man (1 Kings 2:1-4).
  6. Solomon was very sober-minded about man’s purpose in life (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).
  7. Hezekiah wanted more time (2 Kings 20:1-6)!
  8. Simeon was full of joy because he was able to see the baby Messiah, as God had promised (Luke 2:25-33).
  9. Jesus gathered his close friends and shared with them his love and concern for them (John 13-16), which was
       followed by His prayer for those disciples (John 17).
  10. The apostle John couldn’t stop talking about the importance of love (see 1 John).
  11. The apostle Peter wanted to keep reminding his brethren about the words of Jesus, and ensured that they
       would always have a reminder of his words (2 Peter 1:13-15).
  12. The thief on the cross simply wanted to be remembered by Jesus in His kingdom (Luke 22:42-43).
  13. Do you see the things that are missing here?
            a. What material possessions I have.
            b. What physical accomplishments I achieved.
            c. Who likes me and who doesn’t like me.
            d. How many people know my name.
            e. Where I live, how big my house is.
  14. Psalm 90:9-12 – So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

The heart of Paul is revealed in his swan song, that final letter to Timothy
   1. Clarity of mind
           a. Paul’s mind was crystal clear about what really mattered, and his mind was not cluttered with a bunch
               of useless concerns.
                      i. He had a clear conscience (2 Tim. 1:3).
                     ii. He wasn’t entangled in life’s pursuits (2 Tim. 2:4).
                    iii. He had developed a contentment for life (Phil. 4:10-13; 1 Timothy 6:6-11).
           b. Paul tried to get this mindset in Timothy.
                      i. He wanted Timothy to have a sound mind like he did (2 Tim. 1:7).
                     ii. He wanted Timothy to flee youthful lusts (2 Tim. 2:22).
                    iii. He wanted Timothy to avoid foolish debates (2 Tim. 2:14,16,23).
    2. Concern
          a. Paul, like many spiritually minded people, are concerned about the generation that follows them.
          b. The younger generation gives the older generation many things about which to be concerned!
          c. Paul was concerned for Timothy (2 Tim. 1:1-8).
                    i. He loved Timothy like a son.
                   ii. He saw that Timothy was pulling back in fear.
                  iii. He wanted Timothy to regain his confidence and stir up God’s gift within him.
                  iv. He wanted Timothy to have a continued reverence for God’s word (2 Tim. 2:15; 3:14-15).
          d. My grandmother, the night before she passed, laid on her hospital bed and prayed for every one of her
              children, bringing each one of their names before the Father.
          e. Paul was concerned for the state of the church after his departure.
                    i. That is the very reason he called for the Ephesian elders (see Acts 20:29-32).
                   ii. Paul knew what would happen to brethren and he was preparing Timothy for it (2 Tim. 4:1-4).
                  iii. This was Paul’s daily concern (2 Cor. 11:28).
          f. Hebrews 10:24-25 – And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not
              forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another,
              and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

    3. Confidence
          a. He was confident in God’s ability to keep His promises (2 Tim. 1:12).
          b. He knew that his life was worthy of imitation (2 Tim. 1:13; 2:1-2; 3:10-11; Phil. 4:9).
          c. He knew that God wouldn’t forget him (2 Tim. 2:19).
          d. He was confident in who he was, knowing that he had lived a faithful life (2 Tim. 4:7).
          e. He knew he was saved (2 Tim. 4:8).
          f. He knew that he was not alone (2 Tim. 4:16-18).
                    i. Whenever celebrities go to trial, they have a whole entourage (staffers, personal assistants,
                       photographers, attorneys, bodyguards, etc.).
                   ii. Paul was alone.
                  iii. Paul was not really alone, though, because he knew God was by his side.
                  iv. Psalm 71:9,18 – The Psalmist wanted God’s presence to be with him in his old age so that he
                       could proclaim God’s words and His power to the next generation.

Different older men in Scripture were in a hurry to see Jesus.
     Paul – “We eagerly wait for the Savior…” (Phil. 3:20-21); “for in this we groan” (2 Cor. 5:2)
     Peter – “looking for and hastening the day of God” (2 Peter 3:12).
     John – “even so, come Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20).

  I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen
  the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.
                        Psalm 37:35

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