Lack of experience of life or a particular aspect of life. Inexperience is often associated with the young who are thus vulnerable and who should be taught by those older and wiser. God sometimes calls the inexperienced to leadership but usually also provides encouragement and support from more experienced leaders.
Jer 1:7-8See also1Sa 16:11-13 David, Jesse’s youngest son, is chosen by God; 1Sa 17:33 David’s inexperience in the face of Goliath; 1Ti 4:12 Timothy was called to pastor a church despite his youth. In general, however, church leaders should be people of experience (see 1Ti 3:6).
Examples of help given to the inexperienced1Ch 22:5See alsoDt 1:38 Moses is to encourage his young successor, Joshua; Jdg 3:1-2 teaching warfare to those who have no experience of it; 1Sa 3:8-10 Eli instructs the inexperienced Samuel; 1Ki 19:19-21 Elisha becomes Elijah’s attendant; 1Ch 28:20 David encourages Solomon to build the temple; Pr 4:3-4 Solomon recalls the instruction given by his father; Ac 15:39 Barnabas takes John Mark with him; 2Ti 3:14-15 Paul reminds Timothy of the example he has been given.
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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