Do not be partial with Elders!

Scripture reading for July 1st:  1st Kings 9, 2nd Chronicles 8, 1st Timothy 5

Key Scriptures:  1st Timothy 5:17-21 “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.  For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”  Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses.  As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.  In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality.”

Paul gave some simple instructions to Timothy concerning the treatment of elders in the Church.  First, elders that ruled well were to be given ‘double honor’.  Teaching and preaching were to be held in esteem and those laboring honorably were to receive proper compensation.  However, if there was sin involing an elder, there must be two or three witness before considering the charge.  If found true, public rebuke was required if there was no repentance.  Both of these ‘rules’ were to be kept without partiality.  All heaven is watching!

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord, thank You for clear instructions for elders in Your Church.  I have sought to keep these instructions without partiality.  Help me to continue in sound teaching and preaching to honor You alone!

2nd Chronicles 8:15 “And they did not turn aside from what the king had commanded the priests and Levites concerning any matter and concerning the treasuries.”   

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