FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
The Overseer of the Bride Assembly Lagos Church, Bro. Moses Alu
TOPIC: CARING FOR WIDOWS
Shalom to the Bride of Christ, worldwide and to everyone in general who has been following the series on “WHAT HAPPENED ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST?” In today’s write-up, I hope to deviate into an issue which I believe a large portion of the universal body of Christ and I have misinterpreted over the years. This misinterpretation on my part has not been a conscious act; it has been as a result of following the general interpretation of certain scriptures without question to get in-depth understanding, especially as interpreted by some ‘respected leaders’ in the body of Christ and even in the end time message circle. After I conducted a deeper study, the Lord revealed some things to me which I would like to share with you all, and hopefully in the subsequent articles we shall continue with the series on “What happened on the day of Pentecost?”
To understand what is actually expected of us as Christians when it comes to caring for widows, let’s take a look at 1Timothy 5:8:
“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”
And THE BIG QUESTION IS
“WHAT REALLY IS THE CORRECT INTERPRETATION OF 1TIMOTHY 5:8?”
THE USUAL INTERPRETATION:
1Timothy 5:8 is commonly interpreted this way: that if any man is not able to provide for his family, and then he is worse than an infidel.
THE FIRST THING TO NOTE IS THE WORD “ANY”
The KJV version of the Bible did not say “Any MAN”, it simply said, “ANY”.
THE SEMI-CORRECT INTERPRETATION
The use of “ANY” simply means that it can as well apply to both men and women and not just “any man”; bearing in mind that in certain areas of the KJV, the masculine gender was used to represent both male and female and so if I were to adjust the common interpretation, it simply means that any man or woman who is not able to provide for his/her own and especially for those of his/her own house, he/she hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
I say, “semi-correct” because in the context of 1 Timothy 5:8 which we shall still see, you will see that the central thought of that scripture is actually specific, even though the writer or maybe the translator(s) gave us a broader view in terms of the word composition that was used. But if you don’t like the word “Semi-correct interpretation” you can make use of “First of the dual interpretations” or simply refer to this as a “secondary interpretation” but I choose to point out that in the context of 1 Timothy 5:8 that this semi-correct interpretation is not the perfect interpretation.