Jun 9, 2017
The church of that period, and the passage of time is unknown, maybe some months after the resurrection, or maybe even a year or two or more, a problem arose involving the distribution of food. That Church had a mixture of Hebrews, mostly from Judea, and Greek speakers, or Hellenists, from other parts of the Roman Empire. Here then were side by side differences in language and culture. The Greek widows, those who needed care as there was no “safety net” available, were being neglected in the daily food distribution. To solve this, the apostles asked the church to appoint seven men of good repute, filled with the Spirit and wisdom, to take care of this “service”—and it is from this Greek word we translate as service that the word “deacon” comes from. The apostles would then be free to focus on their essential work, that is, prayer and the ministry (service) of the word.