- 1 Timothy 5:11-15
- 1 Tim 5:11 (KJB)
- But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax
wanton against Christ, they will marry;
- Younger - New, fresh or recent
- They have begun to wax wanton against - Sensuality turns them against
- Here the Apostle Paul seems to deal harshly with the younger widows.
Here the focus is on those who are younger in years but also newly widowed.
Since they have suffered a great loss in their life, it was feared by Paul
that they would set out to marry again and in that search, may become
involved with an unbeliever and that relationship may sink into sex before
marriage as a way the widow might want to secure her new husband. Paul did
not want these younger widows placed on a church roll because they had the
ability to remarry which is permissible according to the Scriptures. Some of
the younger widows may have resorted to prostitution to support themselves
and that is why Paul wanted them to marry again, to prevent these
- 1 Tim 5:12 (KJB)
- Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith.
- Damnation - Condemnation
- It is interesting that the Lord Jesus Christ made the same indictment
against the church at Ephesus. (Rev 2:4
KJV) Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast
left thy first love. This church left its first
love and probably after Timothy had gone home to be with the Lord, another
pastor took over who led the church down the wrong path. Paul states that
these younger widows have cast off their first faith, that is, the Lord
Jesus Christ and now have begun to run with the world. This situation may
have spread in the church at Ephesus leading to the divine indictment.
- 1 Tim 5:13 (KJB)
- 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.
- Learn - To learn by investigation or instruction
- Idle - Lazy, useless, careless, or inactive
- Tattlers - Gossipers
- Busybodies - Meddlesome, curious or magical
- When a person is thrown into a new situation, they have to completely
change their daily living habits. I do not endorse playing the lottery but I
have read numerous accounts of people who won millions and their lives had
degenerated into drugs, alcohol, family splits and even murder. A person who
works a daily job and is then thrown into the life of idleness, will allow
their baser nature to shine forth. If a woman is married and taking care of
a home and suddenly her husband dies, then she too will be thrown into a new
situation, which if she does not handle correctly, will cause her to
degenerate into a sinful lifestyle. Paul is stating that these widows,
instead of maintaining their industriousness, learn to become lazy or idle.
It may be at the beginning of their widowhood that they are visiting friends
for comfort but if that becomes a routine, it can turn into a daily
lifestyle, eventually becoming the normal habit. Then as they neglect their
house, they become gossipers and busybodies meddling in the affairs of
others. It is interesting that Paul uses the same word in the Greek for
“busybodies” as he does for the word “curious” in describing the satanic
arts which were prevalent at Ephesus.
(Acts 19:19 KJV) Many of them also which used curious arts
brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and
they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces
of silver. We can see by this word usage, that
being a busybody is satanic in nature and that is how one turns away from
Christ and goes after Satan, of course, the primary reason is that a person
was not saved to begin with.
- 1 Tim 5:14 (KJB)
- I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the
house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.
- Reproachfully - Revile or heap abuse on
- To prevent Satan and his unsaved people from casting any reproach or
slander upon the church at Ephesus, Paul is urging that the widows remarry
and if they do not have children, to bear children and to guide the house in
the right way. This will stop the mouths of those who want to accuse the
church of being a phony organization. Those widows who are truly saved, will
make an attempt to live a disciplined life to stop any accusation from any
unbeliever that Christianity is a false religion. Their greatest nemesis in
Ephesus was probably the cult of Diana which would have open arms for any
young woman, widow or not, to join the cult and this would bring reproach on
the church if she was a member, even if she was not saved, she would still
be considered a member of the church.
- 1 Tim 5:15 (KJB)
- For some are already turned aside after Satan.
- Paul must have received word that some of the widows have already left
the protection of the church and have entered the realm of Satan, the world.
Paul’s desirer was to see this exodus of wantonness stop at all costs. Maybe
Paul knew some of these widows and now that they have turned their backs on
Christ, he wanted to stop the spread of the spiritual infection. They were
allowing their sensuality to rule over them since many lacked age and wisdom
in this matter.