Jeremiah 37 & 38
1 Timothy 5.1-25
Widows, Laziness & the State of Your Flocks
Widows, Families, & Leadership
This chapter gives instructions for the church’s care of widows (vss. 3, 5-7, 9-16), the responsibility for families to care for their own members (vv. 4,8), and continues Paul’s instructions to Timothy about not being “hasty” to put someone in leadership (vss. 22-25).
Those Who Are Really Widows
Honor widows who are really widows (v. 3).
We have become an entitlement society. Young people think they are entitled to the latest smart phone or electronic gadget. Former employees believe they are entitled to compensation whether or not they were faithful employees. Irresponsibility is awarded in numerous ways and is the expectation.
There are times when the church, and by default society, should take care of others, but the Bible gives careful instructions for the dispensing of such help.
Laziness is condemned through the Bible. In his letter to the Thessalonians, Paul said:
“For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat” (1 Thess. 3.10).
In this passage, Paul gives detailed instructions for the care of widows:
9 Do not let a widow under sixty years old be taken into the number, and not unless she has been the wife of one man,10 well reported for good works: if she has brought up children, if she has lodged strangers, if she has washed the saints’ feet, if she has relieved the afflicted, if she has diligently followed every good work.
11 But refuse the younger widows; for when they have begun to grow wanton against Christ, they desire to marry,12 having condemnation because they have cast off their first faith. 13 And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not. 14 Therefore I desire that the younger widows marry, bear children, manage the house, give no opportunity to the adversary to speak reproachfully. 15 For some have already turned aside after Satan (vss. 9-15).
One thing for sure … Paul would never have made it in politics! Continue reading