1 Timothy 5:15 “For some are already turned aside after Satan.”
Today’s verse is a short one which forewarns us to watch ourselves, because some have already forsaken our Lord and His Word, turning aside after Satan to once again fulfill the lusts of the flesh. Though today’s verse should be heeded by all of us, to warn all of us to not turn aside after Satan, it is speaking of widows, namely the young widows. Let’s look at the verses before today’s: (Verses 11-14) “But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry; Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith. And withal they learn to be idle, wandering from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.” Then today’s verse explains that some have already waxed “wanton against Christ,” and “cast off their first faith.” Note, casting off their first faith is NOT speaking of marriage, and remarrying (As the last verse says “THEREFORE” it’d be good for them to remarry, to keep from casting off their first faith). Rather it speaks of their trust and reliance and obedience to our Lord.
In order to properly understand what is being spoken of in today’s verse, and the verses related to it, we have to understand what was being done. The church is to care for widows “that are widows indeed.“(Verse 3) The members of the Body of Christ should not neglect those other members who are truly widows and in need of help—financially, spiritually, and so forth. And this was the exhortation, to be sure that such charity was not misplaced nor abused. We learn in Verse Four of the chapter we are in today, that if the widow has family, have the family help and relieve the widow, so that the church is not burdened for reasons unnecessary. We also learn that the church needs to be careful that these widows are widows indeed, as said in Verses 5-6 “Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day. But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.” We see that if there is a widow who is going out to parties, spending money buying herself all these nice things, and just living in pleasure according to the flesh . . . she apparently is not really a widow because her husband who has passed away, is no longer in her thoughts nor cared about. But those who are widows indeed, are desolate, but they trust in God who is their constant help and sustenance, she continues in supplications and prayers night and day! We are to care for those widows who are widows indeed. (Then we are told in Verse 8, concerning the family members of the widows but still relating to all husbands, and all family members in all families . . . that if he doesn’t care and provide for those in the family, they are worse than infidels, WORSE than those without Christ! [Husbands, take care of your family! Children, care for your widowed parents who need help!] ) In Verse 9, concerning widows being cared for in the church, we are exhorted not to take in young widows, nor those widows who have remarried (they should be the wife of one man), but take care of those who have shown themselves to be wonderful stewards and wonderful women of God, who have shown good fruit and even cared for others to the full extent they possibly could.
After all this, we get into the young widows, and why we must not readily care for and relieve financially and so forth. It may sound wrong, and hateful to refuse to help, but we must remember that there are those who can be “spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear:” (Jude 12) There are many out there who, when you help them, will abuse that help and give no respect to you when you feed them and care for them. Such are the temptations of a young widow, and is why we are exhorted to refuse them, because they will become easily tempted to abuse such charity and to live off them. They will easily wax wanton against Christ, they will receive damnation because they will then become disobedient to the Word of God. They will be taken care of instead of caring for themselves, and learn to become idle, then not just that, but gossipers and busybodies who get into everyone else’s business, and they speak things which they ought not to speak. For these reasons, do not so readily relieve and care for the young widows . . . in their youth they are full of temptations and have yet to learn to be a servant (as those widows indeed, have learned, who have “lodged strangers,” “washed the saint’s feet,” and “relieved the afflicted,” and have indeed learned to be servants and have thus become great in the Body of Christ—Matthew 21:27) and they will easily become distracted and fall away from the faith in light of being completely cared for.
For these reasons, the young women, and the young widows, do good to “marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.” In doing these things, the young widow, definitely has a husband to care for her again, and has a family and house to guide and care for. This will be for her good, as when she cares for her family, the adversaries can say nothing bad of her—because “She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” (Proverbs 31:27-28) Know this, it most certainly is not a sin, nor wrong for a widow to remarry, both for the above reasons, and also in the case that she cannot contain herself. As said in 1 Corinthians 7:8-9 to the unmarried and widows, “I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.” Speaking of fornication.
Today’s verse shows us that, many younger widows have indeed already turned aside after Satan, because they have given in to the Temptations and denied their first Faith . . . having turned away from the Faith of our Lord, after Satan. So most certainly, be careful of the charity and work of love we issue out. Be sure that such is not going to be done in vain, or abused . . . or cause more harm than good by causing one to become dependant upon such help. Though today’s verse is directed to Widows, namely Younger Widows, we have to be sure that we ourselves, all of us, do not turn aside after Satan! We must cleave to the Word of God, being hearers AND doers of the Word! Amen.
I love you and continue to pray for you. I pray that all is well with you and that your days are greatly blessed in every hour, minute, and second. May God guide us all, and give us His Wisdom, from His Word, and His Knowledge and Understanding, which are unsearchable and past finding out (Romans 11:33) May God bless you, and I pray that you also bless God, with your life, as we all should!
Love in Christ, Always,
Your friend forever,
Psalm 108:1 “O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.”