1st Timothy 6:10

WEEK 44: 1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil, which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.


Timothy was a native of Lycaonia. His father was a Greek, but his mother and grandmother were Jews (2 Timothy 1:5).  He was taught the Scriptures from his very youth (2 Timothy 3:15), and was probably converted during Paul’s first visit to Lystra (Acts 14:8-20). He was ordained as an evangelist (1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6), and, after Paul’s second visit to Lystra. He spent most of his time with Paul (Acts 16:1). He also did much valuable service for Paul, and was greatly esteemed by him (Acts 17:14; 18:5; 20:4). He was pastor at Ephesus and while there received these letters (1 Timothy 1:3-4). Paul desired to have him with him when death came (2 Timothy 4:9; 13, 21).

This epistle was written by Paul to Timothy whilst Timothy was Pastor at Ephesus, probably between A. D. 64 and 66. Its purpose was to instruct Timothy with regard to his pastoral duties. It reflects the condition of the church and especially the errors which he would correct or against which he wished to warn his true child in the faith.

“For the love of money”.  It is not money in itself (which is simply a tool) that is evil, but the immoderate “LOVE of it” – whether discerned in an over eager desire after it, or an excessive delight in it, is the cause of much evil, both of sin and punishment. NO! – Rather it is a root which produces all kinds of evil; greed, covetousness, envy, deceit, disregard for others, the argument that all is fair in business, the scheming of schemes to get money out of others, self-accumulation, and so on, with the result that the hunger for true righteousness and godly living disappears.

Many often do not realise what is happening but soon gold has become their god, and they often try to even justify their greed by claiming that it is God-provided. Thus they float along enjoying their riches and leave the world to fend for itself. Not for them teaching about widows, and the needy and care for one another and laying up treasure in Heaven. To them God is the treasure chest on which they draw for their own indulgence, the hole in the wall into which they feed their pin number, not the One Whom they seek to please by following the teachings of Jesus. They are takers and not givers.

“Which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith” which money while some too greedily thirsted after, they have erred, or been seduced from the faith, that is, the doctrine of the Gospel, or profession of Christianity.

“And pierced themselves through with many sorrows” and exposed themselves to a great many sorrows, which have pierced their very souls, such as cares, troubles for the loss of their estates.

It was for the love of money that:

Caused the rich younger ruler to turn away from Christ (Matthew 19:16 -23).       

Caused the rich fool to deceive himself (Luke 12 16-21).

Caused the rich man to neglect Lazarus (Luke 16:19-24).

Caused Judas to betray his Master and commit suicide (Matthew 26:14-16; Matthew 27:3-5)

Caused Ananias and Sapphira to tell lies (Acts 5:1-10).       

These all and many others recorded in the Scriptures have made shipwreck of their faith through eagerness to gain riches.