A GIFT FROM GOD
Today is Tuesday and I'm looking forward to another fruitful day. Here is a thought for today:
A GIFT FROM GOD- In Numbers 8:17-19, it explains that when God smote the firstborn of Egypt, that night He sanctified all of the firstborn children of Israel for Himself. He goes on to say that He took the Levites for all the firstborn of the children of Israel. So, instead of taking the firstborn of every tribe... God took a tribe... the Levites. Now, verse 19 says that "I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the children of Israel..." Not only were the Levites a gift, but the Israelites had to take care of them as they served the tabernacle and made atonement for the children of Israel. In verse 20, it says "... did to the Levites according unto all that the LORD commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so did the children of Israel unto them." God told them to take care of them and they did. Now, in the New Testament, it says that they which preach the Gospel should live of the Gospel. In Ephesians chapter 4, God says He gave gifts to man: Apostles, Prophets, Evangelist, Pastors, and Teachers. These are a gift from God and should be recognized as such. It is the clear teaching of the Bible. So again, the church takes care of the God called men and women who serve in a local church on a full or part-time basis.
Have a blessed day! Pastor Mike Mutchler