OYB February 19

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Today´s reading:
OT: Leviticus 7:28-38, Leviticus 8, Leviticus 9:1-6
NT: Mark 3:31-35, Mark 4:1-25
Ps: Psalm 37:12-29
Pr: Proverbs 10:5

Today´s notable verse:

33 Do not leave the entrance to the Tent of Meeting for seven days, until the days of your ordination are completed, for your ordination will last seven days. 34 What has been done today was commanded by the LORD to make atonement for you. 35 You must stay at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting day and night for seven days and do what the LORD requires, so you will not die; for that is what I have been commanded.

Leviticus 8:33-35 (NIV)

Out of curiosity, what of the observance of the Sabbath during this seven-day ordination period?

The One Year Bible Blog notes:

Comments from You & Question of the Day - I realize that my reflections above in the OT section on clergy at churches receiving compensation might be controversial in some ways. What are your thoughts on your clergy receiving compensation? What are your thoughts on others in other types of ministry receiving compensation? Where do we draw the line of when ministry should be done with compensation or without compensation?

Absolutely, ministers of the Word should be compensated and supported by those to whom they minister. See the words of Paul in I Corinthians chapter 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? 8 Do I say this merely from a human point of view? Doesn't the Law say the same thing? 9 For it is written in the Law of Moses: "Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain."[b] Is it about oxen that God is concerned? 10 Surely he says this for us, doesn't he? Yes, this was written for us, because when the plowman plows and the thresher threshes, they ought to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest. 11 If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you? 12 If others have this right of support from you, shouldn't we have it all the more? But we did not use this right. On the contrary, we put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of Christ. 13 Don't you know that those who work in the temple get their food from the temple, 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 gospel should receive their living from the gospel.

I Corinthians 9:7-14

That pretty much sums it up, doesn't it?

Further, I think ministers should be well-compensated. Financial issues should not be an inherent burden for our ministers (though, of course, they have the same responsibility of financial stewardship that the rest of us have). At the same time, I think ministers outwardly should display the utmost in humility with respect to materialism. Within those bounds, I think the Spirit will direct in such matters.

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3 Responses to “OYB February 19”
  1. Bald Man says:

    I just posted this at the OYB Blog, but it’s relevent to your remarks as well:

    Regarding the 1 Corinthians passage, Paul is speaking of the plowman and the thresher [I’m using language from the version Ramona quoted over there in her comment.] not the shepherd. He is talking about the evangelist and the apostle, those like him who sow the seeds of the Gospel and establish new churches in an area; not the shepherd who cares for the flock he or she is among.

  2. cb says:

    Good afternoon, Bald Man!

    I appreciate that viewpoint, but I think the entirety of the passage (beginning in verse 7) supports what I’ve said. To wit: Paul uses several “worldly” examples to support a Spiritual principle.

    The soldier, the sower, and the shepherd all have a legitimate expectation of a material return for their labor. The Spiritual analogy applies to all three: those striving in Spiritual battle for Christ, those who plant the vineyard, and those who tend the flock.

    All are servants of the Gospel, to be sure; but it is certainly supported Biblically that we should support them financially.

  3. Bald Man says:

    Continuing the conversation at OYB Blog, since my replies to several individuals seem to be overlapping.

    Thanks for dialoguing.