The Rule Regarding Care – Support the Weak


12 November, 2017 ()

Bible Text: 1 Timothy 5:3-16 |

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Caring for widows and the helpless is something that is deeply ingrained in the God’s Word. The Psalmist reveals that God is, "A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows…" (Psalm 68:5) God deeply cares for the helpless and destitute (Deuteronomy 10:18; Psalm 146:9). When Christ came on the scene, He continued to communicate this same heart both through the raising of a widows son, and the praise of the widow’s two mites (Luke 7:13-14; Luke 21:2-3).

With the guidance and examples given in the Old Testament and the teachings of Christ, the church is to continue to communicate this same message by supporting the weak.

Acts 20:35

I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Romans 15:1

We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

1 Thessalonians 5:14

Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

James 1:27

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

If we want people to listen and heed our call to turn their eyes to the path and key to victory, we must demonstrate the reality of our faith (James 2:18). Paul continues by challenging that our faith is demonstrated by not only caring to correct but also caring to support. As James alludes:

James 2:14–16

What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

The church at Ephesus was doing a great job of seeking to fulfil this directive. Yet they seemed to be running into a problem. Their charity was being abused, and so Paul through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit draws our attention to each individual’s responsibility within the house of God for supporting the weak. When we heed these directives, we will be demonstrating our faith, and fulfil our purpose as the house of God.

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