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- Published on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 18:04
Two words related to the word "deacon" appear in this passage. Twice the word, "the service of deacons," is used: "neglected in the daily ministration" Acts 6:1); "to the ministry of the Word" (verse 4). The other word, "to serve as deacons," is in verse 2: "leave the Word of God, and serve tables." Administering the care of widows in the assembly became an issue. To the Twelve, their deacon service with God’s Word had higher priority, so this deacon work should be entrusted to others. The qualifications for this work are all spiritual and moral (verse 3). Later, the issue in Antioch was Jews eating with Gentiles (Galatians 2:12, 13). Here, although all were saved Jews, some distinction - based on whether or not they spoke the language of the Gentiles, Greek - affected the widows eating. Seven men whose names indicate that they spoke Greek met the qualifications. The Spirit guided in this doctrinal issue by beginning to remove ethnic distinctions among believers. The apostles identified themselves with the seven men (verse 6) and the transfer of deacon work took place seamlessly. These seven did deacon work, but they did not have the title, "deacons." They did not assume an office; they had the responsibility of a work.