Reading through the Bible together
In this chapter, Paul gives advice for dealing
with human relationships as they exist in a
church family. He begins with elders but writes mostly concerning,
“widows” (vs. 3-16). Jewish’
teaching required that widows and the fatherless be provided for (Ex.
22:22-24; Deut. 27:19). The practice was being followed by Gentile
Christians but guidelines were needed so that “care for widows” would fulfill
its purpose and not be abused. Providing care for those in need blesses
and transforms us who compose the church.
Paul returns to the subject of elders. We are
to support and pray for those appointed as leaders. It is a sad occasion
when a leader fails. Adding to Paul’s advice to Timothy is Christ’s own
instruction given in Matthew 18:1, 18-21. If a leader engages in open
sin, it is to be rebuked before the church (v. 20), without prejudice or
Today’s prayer: “May the good works of
God’s grace grow more and more in my life.”
David Manzano, Retired Pastor
Member of the Retired Workers Association
Collegedale, TN U.S.A.