Thursday, March 9, 2017

Provide for the Pastor

Today’s Bible Reading:  Deuteronomy 10-12, Mark 16
Topic: Tithing

SCRIPTURE:  Deuteronomy 12:19
19 Take heed to yourself that you do not forsake the Levite… (Deuteronomy 12:19 NKJV)


The Levites were the priests. They were the ministers—the pastors.  Because of God’s calling to the positions they held, they did not have land of their own. They served full-time as ministers to the people and had no means to provide for themselves. Their sustenance was to be provided by the people they served. The people were admonished to make sure their ministers were well provided for. There were twelve tribes of Israel. The tribe of the Levites was set aside to serve in the priesthood. That means that there was roughly one minister for every eleven people. If the people faithfully gave a tenth of their income, that would be just enough to provide for the Levites and care for the tabernacle or temple.     


The same principle holds true today. It is the people’s responsibility before God to make sure their pastors maintain a good standard of living. Under these provisions it is absolutely necessary that everyone, without exception, bring their tithes (10%) to present to the Lord. If they do not, their ministers will necessarily have to live below the average standard of living of the people they serve. 


Lord, even though I am called to serve as a minister, albeit currently semi-retired, I know this principle applies to me too. I joyfully bring my tithes to You. Yet, as a minister, help me to teach this truth to others without seeming to be self-serving. 

For Your sake and for the blessing of Your people. Amen.  -AP  

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