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November 30 - Evening

"Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure. Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.
The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place
of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them.
 In the same way, good deeds are
obvious, and even those that are not obvious
cannot remain hidden forever.

- First Timothy 5:22, 24-25

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Avoid Participation in the Sins of Unqualified Church Leadership    

To explain the “judgment,” “sins,” and “good deeds” of First Timothy 5:24-25 it is necessary to get
the context from verse 5:22 where Paul is giving Timothy advice concerning selecting elders and leadership within the church of Ephesus. Many problems in the local church can be avoided by
simply refusing to give positions of leadership in the church to men who are unqualified. So,
Timothy is told not be “hasty” or “quick” to give positions of leadership (“laying on of hands”) to men, otherwise Timothy will have to “share” (koinonei meaning “to have fellowship” or “to participate”)
in the sins of these leaders. This means that Timothy should avoid putting unqualified, unprepared, sinful, incompetent, arrogant men in leadership positions otherwise Timothy (and, ultimately, Paul himself) will be left to clean up the mess (or, sharing and participating in the sins of others.)
Timothy can keep himself pure by surrounding himself with good leaders who will not drag him through a series of disastrous decisions and internal church conflicts that waste time,
drain emotional energy, and cause people to leave the church.

“Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.” – First Timothy 5:22

Paul tells Timothy “keep yourself pure.” And, then in a side note on “purity” Paul seems to add a parenthetical statement as a personal note concerning Timothy’s pursuit of “purity.” Paul tells
Timothy to “drink a little wine.” Timothy may have slipped into an ascetic view of wine in his
attempt to keep himself pure.  Paul gives the imperative command:

                “Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach.”

It is tempting to think that church conflicts that Timothy had to deal with in Ephesus and had attempted to manage in Corinth were wearing on him and causing physical problems.

Many of these problems can be avoided by appointing qualified men. Paul continues (5:24-25) to
talk about evaluating and selecting men for church leadership. Paul points out that some sins of
the potential elders are obvious, making it easy to reject them for positions of leadership, but in
the case of others, the sins of the elders that are chosen come dragging in behind their
appointment to office:

“The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them.”

The “judgment” that is being discussed here is not God’s final judgment, but Timothy’s judgment
of men’s qualification to serve as elders in the church of Ephesus.  Timothy is told to take his
time in finding help in leadership, because a mistake upfront could cause him serious damage
on the backside.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"Cause and Effect - Failure to inhale Bible doctrine is followed by the inability to exhale a mature spiritual life." - Galyn Wiemers




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Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information




Hilasterion (Gr) - Propitiation (Eng) - hilasterion is Greek word that means "propitiation,"
The root word of hilasterion is hileos which means "appeased" or "merciful." Hileos was used to refer to gods who had been appeased with gifts, and because of this, they would respond with mercy.
Romans 3:25 ("sacrifice of atonement") and Hebrews 9:5 ("atonement cover," or, "mercy seat")
use the Greek word hilasterion.


Early in his reign Emperor Claudius (41-54 AD) reversed the policy of Caligula (37-41) by letting Jews observe their laws and traditions throughout the empire. But, something happened around 49 AD according to Acts 18:2 and the writings of Suetonius when Claudius did a 180 degree turn and expelled all Jews from Rome because of "their continual tumults instigated by Chrestus (or, "Christ"). Apparently there were riots in the synagogues and in the Jewish community concerning the "anointed One" called "Messiah" in Hebrew and "Christ" in Greek.
This is possibly the result of the Gospel reaching Rome and gaining momentum in the Jewish synagogues from the Jews who had been in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost in 30 AD. (HERE)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I feel Christians should not "judge" or think critically concerning other
Christians who have an influence in my life?
I will be careful to evaluate the actions and words of others in order to avoid
becoming entangled in their sins and their poor judgment.
Practicing discernment and possessing the wisdom to avoid problems is not the same thing as the sin of being negative and having a critical, judgmental spirit.

"“There are three things that are too amazing for me,
    four that I do not understand:

the way of an eagle in
the sky,

    the way of a snake on
a rock,
the way of a ship on the
high seas, and
the way of a man with
a young woman.

- Proverbs 30:18-19

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Prayer for Today
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Your godly influence
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Health of leadership Freedom of Speech Uganda
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Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem




Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

Memorial stones and a stone box that held a covenant or agreement between tribes remains set up at Gezer (There would have been a stone lid that covered the stone box and sealed its contents. Many years ago these stones would have been set up at a public ceremony for one of several reasons:
1) Remember an important event as Joshua set
up stones from the Jordan in Joshua 4:1-24
2) As a sign of a treaty or covenant with a people.
3) As images to represent the local deities they worshipped.

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Details of the locations that produced the four families of manuscripts of the New Testament text.
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