(25 verses, 3:00 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Paul continues giving Timothy instructions on being a good servant of Christ Jesus.
MARK and LEARN
- 1-2: Paul uses familial language to describe how the pastor should care for men and women. He is to treat older men and women as fathers and mothers, young men and women as brothers and sisters, especially when he has to rebuke them.
- 3-16: Here Paul reiterates God’s desire that widows be treated with honor. In the Old Testament widows were in a special way under the protection of God. To hurt them is considered a great crime: Ex. 22:22-23; Deut. 14:29; 24:17-19; 26:12; 27:19; Job 24:3; Ps. 68:5; Prov. 15:25. Paul does make a distinction in this section by pointing out “true widows.” True widows are those whose husband has died and they’re left all alone and in need of help. The “other” kind of widow still has family that can help and support them. The true widow needs the church to care for them. “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation” (Psalm 68:5).
- 17-20: Paul’s instructions on how Timothy is to deal with elders/pastors. They should be paid fairly. They should also be fairly and justly rebuked for wrongdoings.
- 21-24: Advice for the young Timothy. Keep theses instructions, doing nothing out of partiality. Take time to care for your physical health. And keep yourself pure.
- Paul clearly paints the church as a family. Just as a family cares for each other, despite status or age, the church ought to care for all its members. In particular, this section deals with widows who are left without any support. The pastor is the overseer; he is to ensure that God’s children are cared for. This includes rebuking those in need of rebuke, honoring where honor is due, and caring for all. May God grant this among us!
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Pastor Kevin Zellers, Jr.