April 19, 2020 Worship and Sermon - Online

04:00 Sermon Life in the Family of God

05:14 Overview 

06:19 Church if a family. Let’s get along like a good one.

13:48 Widows are vulnerable and we are responsible to provide care and protection.

19:04 Older widows have work to do. Do the ministry that is uniquely yours.

24:03 Younger widows. Be careful, fight the good fight and  fulfill your calling.

31:24 Families, be family. Seriously! We are responsible for our own.

 

 

 1 Timothy 5.1-16

1  Do not sharply rebuke an older man, but rather appeal to him as a Father, to the younger men as brothers,

2  the older women as mothers, and the younger women as sisters, in all purity.

3  Honor widows who are widows indeed;

4  but if any widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to practice piety in regard to their own family and to make some return to their parents; for this is acceptable in the sight of God.

5  Now she who is a widow indeed and who has been left alone, has fixed her hope on God and continues in entreaties and prayers night and day.

6  But she who gives herself to wanton pleasure is dead even while she lives.

7  Prescribe these things as well, so that they may be above reproach.

8  But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

9  A widow is to be put on the list only if she is not less than sixty years old, having been the wife of one man,

10  having a reputation for good works; and if she has brought up children, if she has shown hospitality to strangers, if she has washed the saints’ feet, if she has assisted those in distress, and if she has devoted herself to every good work.

11  But refuse to put younger widows on the list, for when they feel sensual desires in disregard of Christ, they want to get married,

12  thus incurring condemnation, because they have set aside their previous pledge.

13  At the same time they also learn to be idle, as they go around from house to house; and not merely idle, but also gossips and busybodies, talking about things not proper to mention.

14  Therefore, I want younger widows to get married, bear children, keep house, and give the enemy no occasion for reproach;

15  for some have already turned aside to follow Satan.

16  If any woman who is a believer has dependent widows, she must assist them and the church must not be burdened, so that it may assist those who are widows indeed.

WHAT SCRIPTURE TEACHES WITH RESPECT TO WIDOWS:

God is “a father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows”

Psalms 68:5
5 A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, Is God in His holy habitation.

They are under his special care and protection

Exodus 22:22-23
22 “You shall not afflict any widow or orphan.
23 “If you afflict him at all, and if he does cry out to Me, I will surely hear his cry;
Deuteronomy 10:18
18 “He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing.
Proverbs 15:25
25 The LORD will tear down the house of the proud, But He will establish the boundary of the widow.
Psalms 146:9
9 The LORD protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, But He thwarts the way of the wicked.
By means of the tithe and “the forgotten sheaf” he provides for them
Deuteronomy 14:29
29 “The Levite, because he has no portion or inheritance among you, and the alien, the orphan and the widow who are in your town, shall come and eat and be satisfied, in order that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.
Deuteronomy 24:19-21
19 “When you reap your harvest in your field and have forgotten a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow, in order that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.
20 “When you beat your olive tree, you shall not go over the boughs again; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow.
21 “When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not go over it again; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow.
Deuteronomy 26:12-13
12 “When you have finished paying all the tithe of your increase in the third year, the year of tithing, then you shall give it to the Levite, to the stranger, to the orphan and to the widow, that they may eat in your towns and be satisfied.
13 “You shall say before the LORD your God, ‘I have removed the sacred portion from my house, and also have given it to the Levite and the alien, the orphan and the widow, according to all Your commandments which You have commanded me; I have not transgressed or forgotten any of Your commandments.
At the feasts which he has instituted, they too should rejoice
Deuteronomy 16:11
11 and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God, you and your son and your daughter and your male and female servants and the Levite who is in your town, and the stranger and the orphan and the widow who are in your midst, in the place where the LORD your God chooses to establish His name.
Deuteronomy 16:14
14 and you shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter and your male and female servants and the Levite and the stranger and the orphan and the widow who are in your towns.
He blesses those who help and honor them
Isaiah 1:17-18
17 Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow.
18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.
Jeremiah 7:6
6 if you do not oppress the alien, the orphan, or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, nor walk after other gods to your own ruin,
Jeremiah 22:3-4
3 ‘Thus says the LORD, “Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor. Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place.
4 “For if you men will indeed perform this thing, then kings will enter the gates of this house, sitting in David’s place on his throne, riding in chariots and on horses, even the king himself and his servants and his people.

He rebukes and punishes those who hurt them

Exodus 22:22
22 “You shall not afflict any widow or orphan.
Deuteronomy 24:17
17 “You shall not pervert the justice due an alien or an orphan, nor take a widow’s garment in pledge.
Deuteronomy 27:19
19 ‘Cursed is he who distorts the justice due an alien, orphan, and widow.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’
Zechariah 7:10
10 and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.’
Job 24:3
3 “They drive away the donkeys of the orphans; They take the widow’s ox for a pledge.
Job 24:21
21 “He wrongs the barren woman And does no good for the widow.
Job 31:16
16 “If I have kept the poor from their desire, Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
Psalms 94:6
6 They slay the widow and the stranger And murder the orphans.
Malachi 3:5
5 “Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me,” says the LORD of hosts.

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
42 A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent.
43 Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury;
Luke 7:11-17
11 Soon afterwards He went to a city called Nain; and His disciples were going along with Him, accompanied by a large crowd.
12 Now as He approached the gate of the city, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a sizeable crowd from the city was with her.
13 When the Lord saw her, He felt compassion for her, and said to her, “Do not weep.”
14 And He came up and touched the coffin; and the bearers came to a halt. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise!”
15 The dead man sat up and began to speak. And Jesus gave him back to his mother.
16 Fear gripped them all, and they began glorifying God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and, “God has visited His people!”
17 This report concerning Him went out all over Judea and in all the surrounding district.
Luke 18:3
3 “There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me legal protection from my opponent.’
Luke 18:5
5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.'”
Luke 20:47
47 who devour widows’ houses, and for appearance’s sake offer long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.”
Luke 21:3-4
3 And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them;
4 for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.”
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
1 Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food.
2 So the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables.
3 “Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task.
4 “But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
5 The statement found approval with the whole congregation; and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch.
6 And these they brought before the apostles; and after praying, they laid their hands on them.

And according to James, one of the manifestations of a religion that is pure and undefiled is this: “to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction”

James 1:27
27 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Widow imagery

WIDOW AS IMAGE OF DESOLATION AND AFFLICTION

Lamentations 1:1-2
1 How lonely sits the city That was full of people! She has become like a widow Who was once great among the nations! She who was a princess among the provinces Has become a forced laborer!
2 She weeps bitterly in the night And her tears are on her cheeks; She has none to comfort her Among all her lovers. All her friends have dealt treacherously with her; They have become her enemies.

Low Social Standing

Revelation 18:7-8
7 “To the degree that she glorified herself and lived sensuously, to the same degree give her torment and mourning; for she says in her heart, ‘I SIT as A QUEEN AND I AM NOT A WIDOW, and will never see mourning.’
8 “For this reason in one day her plagues will come, pestilence and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for the Lord God who judges her is strong.
Isaiah 47:8-9
8 “Now, then, hear this, you sensual one, Who dwells securely, Who says in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one besides me. I will not sit as a widow, Nor know loss of children.’
9 “But these two things will come on you suddenly in one day: Loss of children and widowhood. They will come on you in full measure In spite of your many sorceries, In spite of the great power of your spells.

Widow Image Is Not Necessarily Associated With Judgment

Isaiah 54:4-5
4 “Fear not, for you will not be put to shame; And do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced; But you will forget the shame of your youth, And the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.
5 “For your husband is your Maker, Whose name is the LORD of hosts; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, Who is called the God of all the earth.

RUTH

Story of how the emptiness of widowhood may be turned into joy and life. It is a picture of redemption.
Begins bleak and desolate. Naomi and daughter in law Ruth (a Moabite) return to Bethlehem from Moab where they were both widowed. Had been through famine.

Sorrow of experience of becoming a widow is expressed by Naomi

Ruth 1:20-21
20 She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.
21 “I went out full, but the LORD has brought me back empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the LORD has witnessed against me and the Almighty has afflicted me?”

They arrive in Bethlehem during the barley harvest.
Ruth, gleans from field of Boaz, a kinsmen. He prays for her.

Ruth 2:11-12
11 Boaz replied to her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law after the death of your husband has been fully reported to me, and how you left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and came to a people that you did not previously know.
12 “May the LORD reward your work, and your wages be full from the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge.”

Rest of the story is how he becomes the fulfillment to his own prayer. He becomes the kinsmen-redeemer.

Ruth 4:10
10 “Moreover, I have acquired Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, to be my wife in order to raise up the name of the deceased on his inheritance, so that the name of the deceased will not be cut off from his brothers or from the court of his birth place; you are witnesses today.”
Ruth 4:13-15
13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife, and he went in to her. And the LORD enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son.
14 Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed is the LORD who has not left you without a redeemer today, and may his name become famous in Israel.
15 “May he also be to you a restorer of life and a sustainer of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you and is better to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.”
Ruth 4:17
17 The neighbor women gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi!” So they named him Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David.

Family Tree of Jesus

Matthew 1:5-6
5 Salmon was the father of Boaz by Rahab, Boaz was the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse.
6 Jesse was the father of David the king. David was the father of Solomon by Bathsheba who had been the wife of Uriah.

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