Ministering to Ministers


God’s Story For Your Life

Ministering to Ministers
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Read Deuteronomy
18:1-8
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“Remember that the Levitical priests—that
is, the whole of the tribe of
Levi—will receive no allotment of land among the other tribes in Israel.
Instead, the priests and Levites will eat from
the special gifts given to the
LORD, for that is their share. They will have
no land of their own among the
Israelites. The LORD himself is their special
possession, just as he promised
them.

“These are the parts the priests
may claim as their share from the cattle,
sheep, and goats that the people bring as offerings: the shoulder, the cheeks,
and the stomach. You must also
give to the priests the first share of the
grain, the new wine, the olive
oil, and the wool at shearing time. For the
LORD your God chose the tribe of
Levi out of all your tribes to minister in
the LORD’s name
forever.

“Suppose a Levite chooses to move from his town in Israel,
wherever he is
living, to the place the LORD chooses for worship. He may
minister there in
the name of the LORD his God, just like all his fellow
Levites who are serving
the LORD there. He may eat his share of the
sacrifices and offerings, even if
he also receives support from his family.”
/ (Deuteronomy 18:1-8)

Reflect
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The priests and Levites
served in similar ways as our ministers do today.
Their responsibilities
included (1) teaching the people about God’s ways, (2)
setting an example of
godly living, (3) caring for the sanctuary and its
workers, and (4)
distributing the offerings. Because priests and Levites could
not own
property or pursue outside business interests, God made special
arrangements
so that the priests and Levites would have what they needed.

It is
important that we honor and provide for the men and women God has
brought to
lead us. That might mean respecting the boundaries between their
professional
and personal lives. Or it might mean offering them help in some
area that you
are especially skilled in—food, finances, or home repairs, for
example. Or it
could simply be asking about their family, their worries, or
their interests
outside church.

Respond
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As you look at your own leaders in
light of God’s Word, how could you honor
those God has given you?

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