CARING FOR WIDOWS (The Series… Pt 3)

 

FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK

The Overseer of the Bride Assembly Lagos Church, Bro. Moses Alu

 

TOPIC: CARING FOR WIDOWS (The Series… Pt 3)

In the previous series (Caring for the widows… Part 1), we looked at the common interpretation of 1Timothy 5:8 of which I had also interpreted it same way to mean that “if any man is not able to provide for his family, then he is worse than an infidel”. We also looked at what may be referred to as “Semi-correct interpretation” or “secondary interpretation” or “first of dual interpretation of that verse” in which it was clearly explained that the KJV uses “any” and so 1Timothy 5:8 can be interpreted to mean 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” and I stated that this is not the perfect interpretation for 1 Timothy 5:8 so to go much more deeper in (Caring for the widows… Part 2), we looked into what other bible versions had to say as regards 1Timothy 5:8

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.”(KJV)

And so let’s look at another THE BIG QUESTION:

 “WHO WAS APOSTLE PAUL REFERRING TO WITH THE TERM “ANY”? WAS HE REFERRING TO “BELIEVERS”, “UNBELIEVERS” OR “BOTH”?

The issue of whether He is referring to “Christians or not” is not to be debated as the last four words: “worse than an infidel (unbeliever)” clearly points out that Apostle Paul is referring to Believers.

And there is another BIG QUESTION:

“WHO WAS APOSTLE PAUL REFERRING TO WITH THE TERM “ANY”? IS IT “THE MEN ONLY” OR “THE WOMEN ONLY” OR “BOTH MEN AND WOMEN”?”

To get an in-depth understanding of 1Timothy 5:8, we need to start reading from verse 3:

3 “Honour widows that are widows indeed.

4 But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.

5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.

6 But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.

7 And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless.

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.

9 Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man.

10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.

11 But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry;

12 Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith.

13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.

14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.

15 For some are already turned aside after Satan.

16 If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.

 

Now let us remind ourselves about the question once more:

“WHO WAS APOSTLE PAUL REFERRING TO WITH THE TERM “ANY”? IS IT “THE MEN ONLY” OR “THE WOMEN ONLY” OR “BOTH MEN AND WOMEN”?”

When you read through 1Timothy 5:8 and then jump over and read through 1Timothy 5:16, the answer is clearly given that the scripture is referring to any man or woman that believes in Christ Jesus. This is further confirmed in 1Timothy 5:4 as 1Timothy 5:4 goes further to point out that those referred to as “ANY” includes children or nephews as seen in the KJV below:

“But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety

at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before

God.” (KJV – 1Timothy 5:4)

“SO THOSE REFERRED TO AS “ANY” in the context of 1Timothy 5:8 WHO ARE THEY TO TAKE CARE OF?”

All along as you read 1Timothy 5:3-7, it is so obvious that Apostle Paul is referring to the widows that are related to him or her that believeth and this is confirmed in 1Timothy 5:16

 “If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let

not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.”        

Therefore, it is obvious that they that believeth and have relatives, people of their own (Spiritual/Natural) family especially those of their own household (Local church/Extended family) and most especially they that are widows indeed; they are to take care of them (and the “them” is referring to “they” that are widows indeed).

 

“From the Pastor’s desk”

The finale on CARING FOR WIDOWS will take you deeper to the pattern in the early church

* HOW ARE WE (THE BELIEVERS; BOTH MEN AND WOMEN) SUPPOSED TO TAKE CARE OF THE WIDOWS AND WHY WE ARE TO TAKE CARE OF THE WIDOWS?

* WHO ARE THOSE THE CHURCH SHOULD ACCEPT AS WIDOWS UNDER ITS CARE?

* WHO ARE THOSE THE CHURCH SHOULD NOT ACCEPT AS WIDOWS UNDER ITS CARE?

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