Friday 12-9-16 Houston, Texas airport USA
Today we read 1 Timothy 5 – 6 and Titus 1 - 3
S. 1 Tim 5:18 For the Scripture says, "Do not keep an ox from eating as it treads out the grain." NLT (Also Duet 25:4)
O. So here we preachers are compared to dumb oxen treading in a circle to grind the wheat into fine flour. And somehow it fits… at least when we are taking up the offering. And we do not feel insulted since it teaches that at least we should be treated like a beast and be allowed to eat for our labor. “Moooo.”
A. I cannot remember a time when we had to miss a meal. But maybe that’s because my memory is slipping. J Ha. The whole truth is, when the church could not pay, I took a job driving school bus part time, did sign painting, scrubbed the bathroom floors of public schools at night and cleaned the classrooms, painted the halls and class rooms and whatever else the Lord provided for me. We never got overly wealthy, but we and our little calves ate good, healthy food regularly.
P. Lord, I find that most of our church authorities have now read Your comparison of their pastor to an ox and, thanks to Brother Moses and the Apostle Paul, they follow through whenever possible. Amen.