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What to Do with Widows. And Others 111312

Male Black Widow Identification

Male Black Widow Identification (Photo credit: scismgenie)

 

 

 

 

 

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Psalm 94 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2094&version=MSG

 

 

Ruth 3:14—4:6 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ruth%203:14%E2%80%944:6&version=MSG

 

 

1 Timothy 5:9-16 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Timothy%205:9-16&version=MSG

 

 

 

 

 

What to Do with Widows. And Others 111312

 

 

 

 

 

The readings from Ruth, and also Timothy discuss what to do with widows. It is not so much that we have to decide if the church should follow Old Testament rules (related to land tenure) or the Gospel rules and ideas in Timothy, that widows should be taken care of, but enlisting the aid of selected widows. The problem is that the church doesn’t hardly take care of widows, orphans, the homeless or the hunger. But then, we’ve turned our gospel duties over to governments, along with our hate, our ignorance and our violent desires.

 

 

 

 

 

Take back from government everywhere to expectation of love. Jesus reserves it for you and me.

 

 

 

 

 

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Psalm 94

 

 

The Message (MSG)

 

 

94 1-2 God, put an end to evil;
avenging God, show your colors!
Judge of the earth, take your stand;
throw the book at the arrogant.

 

 

3-4 God, the wicked get away with murder—
how long will you let this go on?
They brag and boast
and crow about their crimes!

 

 

5-7 They walk all over your people, God,
exploit and abuse your precious people.
They take out anyone who gets in their way;
if they can’t use them, they kill them.
They think, “God isn’t looking,
Jacob’s God is out to lunch.”

 

 

8-11 Well, think again, you idiots,
fools—how long before you get smart?
Do you think Ear-Maker doesn’t hear,
Eye-Shaper doesn’t see?
Do you think the trainer of nations doesn’t correct,
the teacher of Adam doesn’t know?
God knows, all right—
knows your stupidity,
sees your shallowness.

 

 

12-15 How blessed the man you train, God,
the woman you instruct in your Word,
Providing a circle of quiet within the clamor of evil,
while a jail is being built for the wicked.
God will never walk away from his people,
never desert his precious people.
Rest assured that justice is on its way
and every good heart put right.

 

 

16-19 Who stood up for me against the wicked?
Who took my side against evil workers?
If God hadn’t been there for me,
I never would have made it.
The minute I said, “I’m slipping, I’m falling,”
your love, God, took hold and held me fast.
When I was upset and beside myself,
you calmed me down and cheered me up.

 

 

20-23 Can Misrule have anything in common with you?
Can Troublemaker pretend to be on your side?
They ganged up on good people,
plotted behind the backs of the innocent.
But God became my hideout,
God was my high mountain retreat,
Then boomeranged their evil back on them:
for their evil ways he wiped them out,
our God cleaned them out for good.

 

 

Ruth 3:14-4:6

 

 

The Message (MSG)

 

 

14 Ruth slept at his feet until dawn, but she got up while it was still dark and wouldn’t be recognized. Then Boaz said to himself, “No one must know that Ruth came to the threshing floor.”

 

 

15 So Boaz said, “Bring the shawl you’re wearing and spread it out.”

 

 

She spread it out and he poured it full of barley, six measures, and put it on her shoulders. Then she went back to town.

 

 

16-17 When she came to her mother-in-law, Naomi asked, “And how did things go, my dear daughter?”

 

 

Ruth told her everything that the man had done for her, adding, “And he gave me all this barley besides—six quarts! He told me, ‘You can’t go back empty-handed to your mother-in-law!’”

 

 

18 Naomi said, “Sit back and relax, my dear daughter, until we find out how things turn out; that man isn’t going to fool around. Mark my words, he’s going to get everything wrapped up today.”

 

 

4 Boaz went straight to the public square and took his place there. Before long the “closer relative,” the one mentioned earlier by Boaz, strolled by.

 

 

“Step aside, old friend,” said Boaz. “Take a seat.” The man sat down.

 

 

2 Boaz then gathered ten of the town elders together and said, “Sit down here with us; we’ve got some business to take care of.” And they sat down.

 

 

3-4 Boaz then said to his relative, “The piece of property that belonged to our relative Elimelech is being sold by his widow Naomi, who has just returned from the country of Moab. I thought you ought to know about it. Buy it back if you want it—you can make it official in the presence of those sitting here and before the town elders. You have first redeemer rights. If you don’t want it, tell me so I’ll know where I stand. You’re first in line to do this and I’m next after you.”

 

 

He said, “I’ll buy it.”

 

 

5 Then Boaz added, “You realize, don’t you, that when you buy the field from Naomi, you also get Ruth the Moabite, the widow of our dead relative, along with the redeemer responsibility to have children with her to carry on the family inheritance.”

 

 

6 Then the relative said, “Oh, I can’t do that—I’d jeopardize my own family’s inheritance. You go ahead and buy it—you can have my rights—I can’t do it.”

 

 

1 Timothy 5:9-16

 

 

The Message (MSG)

 

 

9-10 Sign some widows up for the special ministry of offering assistance. They will in turn receive support from the church. They must be over sixty, married only once, and have a reputation for helping out with children, strangers, tired Christians, the hurt and troubled.

 

 

11-15 Don’t put young widows on this list. No sooner will they get on than they’ll want to get off, obsessed with wanting to get a husband rather than serving Christ in this way. By breaking their word, they’re liable to go from bad to worse, frittering away their days on empty talk, gossip, and trivialities. No, I’d rather the young widows go ahead and get married in the first place, have children, manage their homes, and not give critics any foothold for finding fault. Some of them have already left and gone after Satan.

 

 

16 Any Christian woman who has widows in her family is responsible for them. They shouldn’t be dumped on the church. The church has its hands full already with widows who need help.

 

 

Saint Timothy

Saint Timothy (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)

 

 

 

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