"THE TREATMENT OF WIDOWS"
1 Timothy 5:3-16
Introduction: It is vitally important for a church to
have good interaction between its members. The finest
program on earth will fail if response of staff and
congregation are not right with one another. Beware of
Pastor has a great responsibility to promote harmony!
You will have disagreements in a family, but with proper
respect, response, review, repentance they can be worked
out. Families are very resilient organizations.
Why the problem of widows? First internal problem
in the church. Why?
(Question from Blanche: Wasn't Ananias and Sapphira
The NT church had in its fellowship many widows in
the church (welfare need). Reasons.
First, men die sooner than women. More women born
than men; live longer than men. War/death.
Second, no jobs for women. Slaves did the work. Labor
very heavy, men's work. (Ruth- widow, gleaned
in the field).
Third, divorce women who had been sent away. Jews -
I divorce you - three times; Romans - just wrote
out a "receipt" women had nothing. So either became
prostitutes or beggars.
For all these reasons and others a tremendous challenge
to the struggling early church widows' Paul says here
is the way to deal with it. There are some things for
widows to do. There are some things for families to
do. There are some things for the church to do.
I. THE CALL OF WIDOWS (vv. 3,4,8,9a)
1. Compassion for them (v. 3) (with skin on it!)
Honor = timao i.e. esteem, appreciate with material
help. God's word about deacons.
1) God is a father to the fatherless, and a
judge of the widows. Ps. 68:5
They are under his special care and protection (Ex. 22:23; Deut. 10:18;
Prov. 15:25; Ps. 146:9).
(2) By means of the tithe and "the forgotten sheaf" he provides for them
(Deut. 14:29; 24:19-21; 26:12, 13). At the feasts which he has instituted,
they too should rejoice (Deut. 16:11, 14).
(3) He blesses those who help and honor them (Is. 1:17, 18; Jer. 7:6;
(4) He rebukes and punishes those who hurt them (Ex. 22:22; Deut.
24:17; 27:19; Zech. 7:10; Job 24:3, 21; 31:16; Ps. 94:6; Mal. 3:5).
(5) They are the objects of Christ's tender compassion, as is clear from
the Gospels, especially from the Gospel according to Luke (Mark 12:42,
43; Luke 7:11-17; 18:3, 5; 20:47; 21:2, 3).
(6) In the early church they were not forgotten. It was the neglect of
certain widows which led to the appointment of the first- deacons, so, that
in the future widows might receive better care (Acts 6:1-6). And according
to James, one of the manifestations of a religion that is pure and undefiled
is this: "to ...
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