TOPIC: CARING FOR MINISTERS
TEXT: Numbers 18:8-19
KEY VERSE: “All the heave offerings of the holy things, which the children of Israel offer unto the LORD, have I given thee, and thy sons and thy daughters with thee, by a statute for ever: it is a covenant of salt for ever before the LORD unto thee and to thy seed with thee.” – (Numbers 18:19)
W.A. Criswell tells of an ambitious young man who told his pastor he had promised God a tithe of his income. They prayed for God to bless his career. At that time he was making $40.00 per week and tithing $4.00. God did just that and in a few years his income increased and he was tithing $500.00 per week. He called the pastor to see if he could be released from his tithing promise, it was too costly now. The pastor replied, “I don’t see how you can be released from your promise, but we can ask God to reduce your income to $40.00 a week, then you’d have no problem tithing $4.00.”
Freewill offerings are used for the maintenance of the ministers and the work of the ministry. God Himself made provisions for the upkeep of Aaron and his family out of the freewill offering given by the children of Israel. As seen in our text, the Lord apportioned the heave and wave offerings of the holy things offered by the children of Israel, the firstling of all clean animals, devoted things, and the first fruit of the harvest to the priests.
The practice of tithing has been since the very beginning. It was practised before the Law of Moses, during the period of the law, and throughout the entire Old Testament. Jesus, in his preaching, did not cancel the need to tithe. He only condemned the religious Pharisees’ emphasis on tithes without considering other important matters commanded by God (Matthew 23:23).
The need to provide for the upkeep of ministers involved with ministry work cannot be over emphasised. Giving to God attracts blessings. Although there are preachers who extort from their members under the guise of sowing seed to get blessings from heaven, giving for the upkeep of divinely appointed ministers and ministries is a command from God Himself, not man.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Giving to God makes us beneficiaries of His blessing.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Job 11-15
Thank you for reading Today’s DCLM Daily Manna August, 15 2021 Devotional – Caring For Ministers. God bless you!