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1 Timothy 5

August 28, 2009

Here’s how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people’s insights.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

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20 thoughts on “1 Timothy 5”

  1. …to those widows who are really in need…v.3

    …so that they church can help those widows who are really in need…v.16

    Interesting that a distinction is made between widows, and widows who are really in need. People are helped on the basis of need.

    This is the difference between churches helping and government agencies helping. Churches are in a position to discern geniune need but governments aim to help everyone equally – which is not generally effective in the long term.

  2. …to those widows who are really in need…v.3

    …so that they church can help those widows who are really in need…v.16

    Interesting that a distinction is made between widows, and widows who are really in need. People are helped on the basis of need.

    This is the difference between churches helping and government agencies helping. Churches are in a position to discern geniune need but governments aim to help everyone equally – which is not generally effective in the long term.

  3. Oh, I found another one:
    The widow who is really in need…v.5

    That's three times Paul refers to widows who are 'really in need'.

  4. Oh, I found another one:
    The widow who is really in need…v.5

    That's three times Paul refers to widows who are 'really in need'.

  5. Actually v.5 is good advice for us all whenever we feel lonely:

    The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help.

  6. Actually v.5 is good advice for us all whenever we feel lonely:

    The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help.

  7. I thought his comments about the young widows was interesting. Knows human nature; but perhaps women did not work outside the house much in those days, so "became idle" and went from house to house gossiping. Hah! gotta love St. Paul.

  8. I thought his comments about the young widows was interesting. Knows human nature; but perhaps women did not work outside the house much in those days, so "became idle" and went from house to house gossiping. Hah! gotta love St. Paul.

  9. I was thinking about what relevance v.11 has for us today.
    "As for younger widows, do not put them on such a list."

    It seems to me that anytime we put young, capable people on a "list" that provides them with financial assistance so that they do not need to work, we encourage the idleness that v.13 talks about.

  10. I was thinking about what relevance v.11 has for us today.
    "As for younger widows, do not put them on such a list."

    It seems to me that anytime we put young, capable people on a "list" that provides them with financial assistance so that they do not need to work, we encourage the idleness that v.13 talks about.

  11. v.17 (especially the CEV) makes me think of people like Joyce Meyer, Brian Houston & Darlene Zschech and I wonder why Christians are so critical of them.

  12. v.17 (especially the CEV) makes me think of people like Joyce Meyer, Brian Houston & Darlene Zschech and I wonder why Christians are so critical of them.

  13. v.1-2 Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.

    We are to treat others as if they were respected family members. This fits in with 3:15 If I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God.

  14. v.1-2 Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.

    We are to treat others as if they were respected family members. This fits in with 3:15 If I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God.

  15. v.22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands,

    If churches were more careful in their appointment of elders there may have fewer problems later. Also if churches took the trouble to get to know those who are potential elders there may also be fewer problems.

  16. v.22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands,

    If churches were more careful in their appointment of elders there may have fewer problems later. Also if churches took the trouble to get to know those who are potential elders there may also be fewer problems.

  17. 24 The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. 25 In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden forever.

    Usually we know v.24 but are less aware of v.25 but we can rest assured that good deeds will reveal themselves either at the time or at a later date.

  18. 24 The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. 25 In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden forever.

    Usually we know v.24 but are less aware of v.25 but we can rest assured that good deeds will reveal themselves either at the time or at a later date.

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