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THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO TIMOTHY
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Welcome! Glad to have you back for todayís Daily Bread. Weíve been studying Paulís first letter to
Timothy and the expected conduct for the people within the church.
If you like to
read straight from your Bible either before or after you read through your
Daily Bread, you might notice that sometimes Paul jumps from one topic to
another, and then back again. Donít forget, Paul is inspired by the
and while heís writing, he may get a vision or a message and need to
interject something that doesnít follow the subject that heís writing about
at the time ... Or it may just appear that way to us, as we get different
messages oft times even though we may read the same scripture.
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You know how it is when
youíre doing something and you think of something important, so you jot down
a note so you wonít forget it? Well, imagine Paul getting messages from the
Holy Spirit all the time! He didnít have Post-Itģ
notes to stick on the walls of his tent, or his prison wall to remind him to
add things to his writings later, and Paul wasnít a rich man either, so he
probably didnít have extra papyrus lying around to scribble notes on either,
so when it seems like something is out of context - literally - you can bet
that the Holy Spirit has a reason for every sentence to be just exactly
where it is. It may not make sense to you, but maybe to someone else, it
makes perfect sense. And maybe when you read the same passage at another
time, a verse that you simply could not understand for your very life, is
suddenly crystal clear.
Okay then, Paul is
now addressing Timothyís position as minister, and in addition to making
sure his youthfulness remains an asset instead of a hindrance to the Gospel,
he tells Timothy not to rebuke (scold or criticize sharply) an elder, but
advise him as a father, and the younger men as brothers, the elder women as
mothers, and the younger as sisters with all purity.
Now if youíve ever
read the Psalms, you know that the Lord has much compassion on the widowed
and the fatherless (Psalms
for most of us as well, even the mention of the word widow, invokes
compassion in our hearts.
If youíll bear
with me, I know that many women are still a little sensitive about what Paul
had to say in Chapter 2 of this letter, but when TRUTH is your motive, you
call things as you see them, and the Holy Spirit isnít gonna let Paul sugar
coat anything so that women will agree or not be offended.
In a moment, weíre
gonna study some things that Paul says about widows, and in advance, I feel
compelled to ask you to be open minded to the TRUTH about women who are
alone. What happened to Eve when she was alone in the Garden of Eden? Also,
take into consideration her age. We donít know exactly how old she was, but
she didnít have any children yet, so itís a good guess that she was fairly
young. Now, think about women throughout history and the women that you know
today. Would you say that young women or old women are more likely to stray
from their faith?
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Okay, while you
ponder on those things, letís look at something that will help you a little.
Paul was alive somewhere around 4,000 years after Adam and Eve, and
apparently young women then were still easily lured as Eve was. The truth is
- painful childbirth and being under manís rule arenít the only things that
women inherited from Eve. If you hide and watch, today, 2,000 year later,
women STILL have the same reputation. Why? Because itís the TRUTH.
You see, Paul
wasnít a chauvinist. He wasnít a woman hater either. Paul had insight. The
intuition that women brag about having all the time . . . When you realize
where a womanís characteristics come from, you wonít want to claim this so
readily. What Paul had was Spiritual intuition.
Donít get me wrong
here. Iím not saying that being a woman is a shameful existence by any
means. Iím saying there are challenges that are beyond anyoneís control,
that if you understand them better, it will make many of your actions,
reactions and instincts much easier to understand and deal with as well.
If youíre a woman
and you read all the way through to the end of the study of
Chapter 2 of this letter
from Paul, kudos to you. Now letís look and learn what he has to say about
Honor widows that
are widows indeed. (Indeed. In deed) Honor, meaning support. Perhaps it was
commonplace for a widow to be "employed" in some respect by the church, thus
benefitting the church as well as the widow. In essence, Paul was saying,
show compassion to widows that live according to
Godís expectations. But if any widow have children or nephews, (near kin) let them
support them instead of putting the burden on the church.
I have an
interesting little Daily Bread Crumb for you. Actually, the term nephew used
to be used for the word grandchildren, but is now obsolete.
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describes a widow, "indeed," as one who is totally alone, she has no
children or family on whom she can depend, so she has no one to turn to but
God. She is also very prayerful.
But widows who live a lifestyle opposite of this is spiritually dead. Paul
Timothy to stress these things for the peoples' (especially the widows) own
1 Timothy 5:8
any man doesnít provide for his own, and specially (namely) for those of his
own house (family), he has denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel
Paul then gives Timothy
some other requirements for those widows seeking support from the church, as
well as what kind of behavior to beware of concerning younger widows. One of
the things Paul points out is that they abandon their first faith. What does that mean? It means
that before the women married, they served the Lord. They were holy, prayerful,
pure. When they married, they served their husband and children and home.
But when they became widowed, they didnít return to their first beliefs,
their first faith, their first love, and instead they become interested in
worldly matters. Then Paul describes what worldly women since creation until
now have done and still do today when they are alone, single, widowed. And
now, you know the difference between a widow and a widow indeed. One turns
to the world(ly) and one turns back to the Lord.
So, knowing womanís natural tendencies, Paul says, I wish therefore, that
the younger women (widows) marry, bear children, manage the house, and give no
opportunity to the adversary (the devil) to speak reproachfully (to accuse
them to God shamefully), because some have already been led away by Satan.
If any believer
have widows (who are relatives, servants, etc.), let them assist them, and
donít make the church responsible, so that the church can assist those who
are widows indeed.
Now Paul switches
subjects midstream and gives Timothy all different kinds of advice.
Let the elders
that rule well, get special treatment, especially those who work in the Word
(preach) and doctrine (teach). Because the scripture says, Thou shalt not
muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn (Deuteronomy
25:4). (Paul likes that scripture, doesn't he? If you remember back ...
he cited that scripture when he was pointing out to the Corinthians (1
Corinthians 9:9) that he supported himself so as to avoid feeling
obligated to anyone.) And,
The labourer is worthy of his
Do not accept an
accusation against an elder unless it is in front of two or three witnesses
19:15). Those that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. I
command you before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels,
that you observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing by
Lay hands suddenly
on no man ... this is probably concerning the ordaining of ministers, since
Paul has used this phrase before in other letters meaning such. In other
words, one shouldn't be appointed without considering their qualifications
for it carefully. Paul continues, because if if you appoint an unfit man to
the ministry, you become responsible ... Don't do this, keep yourself
drink water, but use a little wine for your stomach's sake and your frequent
ailments. This just may have
been a fleeting thought that Paul had, which he felt compelled to insert
here, because it's difficult to se the relation to the subject. Then Paul
continues talking about the appointing of prospective ministers ...
On a personal note, Paul tells Timothy,
Some men's sins are clearly evident beforehand; and some menís
sins show up later. Likewise also the good works of some are plainly seen
beforehand; and they that perform evil works, they canít be hidden.
As usual, Paul has given us
some great advice, some interesting things to think about that we may have
never contemplated before, and more TRUTH to add to our faith, which helps
us to grow as Christians and follow the Lordís path for us to eternal life.
Join us again next
time for the conclusion of Paulís first letter to Timothy, right here at
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