Scripture: I Timothy 5

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READ and STUDY the WORD

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1 Timothy 5:1-25 (WEB) 1 Don’t rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father; the younger men as brothers; the elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, in all purity. Honor widows who are widows indeed. But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them learn first to show piety toward their own family and to repay their parents, for this is acceptable in the sight of God. Now she who is a widow indeed and desolate, has her hope set on God, and continues in petitions and prayers night and day. But she who gives herself to pleasure is dead while she lives. Also command these things, that they may be without reproach, 8 But if anyone doesn’t provide for his own, and especially his own household, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever. Let no one be enrolled as a widow under sixty years old, having been the wife of one man, 10 being approved by good works, if she has brought up children, if she has been hospitable to strangers, if she has washed the saints’ feet, if she has relieved the afflicted, and if she has diligently followed every good work.  11 But refuse younger widows, for when they have grown wanton against Christ, they desire to marry, 12 having condemnation, because they have rejected their first pledge. 13 Besides, they also learn to be idle, going about from house to house. Not only idle, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not. 14 I desire therefore that the younger widows marry, bear children, rule the household, and give no occasion to the adversary for insulting. 15 For already some have turned away after satan. 16 If any man or woman who believes has widows, let them relieve them, and don’t let the assembly be burdened, that it might relieve those who are widows indeed.  17 Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and in teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle the ox when it treads out the grain.” And, “The laborer is worthy of his wages.”  19 Don’t receive an accusation against an elder, except at the word of two or three witnesses. 20 Those who sin, reprove in the sight of all, that the rest also may be in fear. 21 I command you in the sight of God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the chosen angels, that you observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing by partiality. 22 Lay hands hastily on no one. Don’t be a participant in other people’s sins. Keep yourself pure. 23 Be no longer a drinker of water only, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities.  24 Some men’s sins are evident, preceding them to judgment, and some also follow later. 25 In the same way also there are good works that are obvious, and those that are otherwise can’t be hidden.

Questions and Answers:

1. How did Paul say men were to be treated (I Timothy 5:1)? The older men weren’t to be harshly rebuked, but instead they were to be encouraged. The younger men were to be treated as brothers.

2. How were women to be treated (I Timothy 5:2)? The older women were to be treated as mothers and the younger women were to be treated as sisters, with all purity.

3. How were widows who were in need to be treated (I Timothy 5:3)? They were to be honored.

4. How were those widows who had children or grandchildren to be treated (I Timothy 5:4)? If any widow had children or grandchildren, their family was to take care of them, for this is acceptable in the sight of God. 

5. How was a needy widow to view God (I Timothy 5:5)? Needy widows were to set their hope on God and continually petition and pray to God night and day.

6. Who is worse than an unbeliever (I Timothy 5:8)? A family who does not take care of their own widowed family member has denied their faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

7. What was required of those who were being helped by the church (I Timothy 5:9-10)?  They would have to be at least 60 years old, have been the wife of one man, approved by good works, raised up their children, been hospitable to strangers, washed the saints’ feet, relieved the afflicted, diligently followed every good work.

8. Which widows would be refused and why (I Timothy 5:11-13)?  Those who were younger than 60 years old because their sensual desires might overcome their dedication to Christ; they might still want to marry; they might become idle, gossipers and busybodies.  

9. What did Paul suggest to the young widows (I Timothy 5:14-15)? Paul counseled the younger widow to marry, to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander.

10. Who did Paul want the church to help (I Timothy 5:16)? Those widows who had no family to help them.

11. Who were to be given double honor (I Timothy 5:17-18)?  The elders who ruled well were to be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labored in the word and in teaching.

12. How many witnesses are needed to make an accusation against an elder (I Timothy 5:19)? Two or three witnesses are needed to bring an accusation against an elder.

13. Why did Paul say those who sin should be confronted in front of others (I Timothy 5:20)? Paul said that those who sinned were to be rebuked (confronted) publicly, so that the others might be fearful/warned.

14. How was Paul’s instructions to be taken (I Timothy 5:21-22)? The instructions were to be observed without prejudice or partiality.  No one was to hastily lay hands on another.  No one was to participant in another’s sins.  All were to keep themselves pure.

15. Why did Paul suggested to Timothy that he drink a little wine (I Timothy 5:23)? Paul suggested Timothy drink a little wine for his stomach’s sake and his frequent infirmities.  My Bible notes suggest perhaps Timothy was having indigestion because of contaminated water.

HEAR the WORD

I Timothy 5:6 But she (a widow) who gives herself to pleasure is dead while she lives. 

I Timothy 5:24-25 24 Some men’s sins are evident, preceding them to judgment, and some also follow later. 25 In the same way also there are good works that are obvious, and those that are otherwise can’t be hidden.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses. 

I Timothy 5:6 – Notes from bibleref.com: A widow who gives herself to pleasure is still alive, but is as good as dead since she doesn’t live for God.  The church can help any person to show God’s love, but was not required to do so for widows who lived for self rather than God.  Those widows who are younger or more capable should not be given an excuse for laziness or gossip.  And family members have the first and foremost responsibility for caring for each other.  The guidelines given in this text focus attention on the most vulnerable women and avoid enabling immodest behaviors.

I Timothy 5:24-25 – My Bible notes: Paul instructed Timothy to choose church leaders carefully because sometimes their sins are not obvious and it takes time for them to be revealed.  Church leaders should live lives that are above reproach.

MEMORIZE the WORD

I Timothy 5:8 (WEB) But if anyone doesn’t provide for his own, and especially his own household, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Believers should take care of their own family and not expect the church to do so.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

It makes since that all who can support themselves should do so.  The church has limited resources with which to support others.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will provide first for our relatives, especially for our immediate family as the Word says (I Timothy 5:8). And then I pray we will help all the other people You lead us to help.  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I provide for those in need, starting with our immediate family.” <>< Dona