March 24, 2019: SOAP #3398: Joshua 18-20; 1Corinthians 9 6 Scripture: 1Corinthians (NIV) 9:7 Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its grapes? Who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk? 11 If we have sown spiritual seed among you, […]
March 24, 2019: SOAP #3398: Joshua 18-20; 1Corinthians 9 6
Scripture: 1Corinthians (NIV) 9:7 Who serves as a soldierat his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its grapes? Whotends a flock and does not drink of the milk? 11 If we have sown spiritualseed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you? 13Don't you know that those who work in the temple get their food from thetemple, and those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar?14 In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospelshould receive their living from the gospel.
Observation: In theOld Testament, the Priests and Levites received their food from the sacrificesthat were made at the tabernacle and later in the Temple. Specific parts of the offerings weredesignated as belonging to those serving. (Leviticus 7:32-34) The tithes (10%)of their money was to be given in support of the Levites. (Numbers 18:24-28)
In the verses above, Paul shows that the same principle carries over to the NewTestament church. Believers do not bringanimal sacrifices as in the Old Testament, but as Old Testament Priests andLevites expected to be fed and supported by the sacrifices, so New Testament preachers/ministerscan expect to receive their lively-hood from those to whom they minister.
Application: Those who claim to be Christians should expectto give money in support of ministers and ministries today. Tithing (10%) is a good place to start, butthe New Testaments highly encourages giving even more. Believers who do not tithe are missing out onworking and living with God as their partner.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you have been faithful inproviding for me, my family, and the ministry you have assigned. 60 years of tithing have proved to be thewisest financial investment I could have ever made! Amen
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