Day 5

The Scripture

On that day men were appointed over the storehouses for the offerings, firstfruits and tithes. They were to gather into them the portions from the fields of the cities required by the Torah for the kohanim and the Levites. For Judah delighted in the kohanim and in the Levites who were ministering. – Nehemiah 12:44

Heart Thought

D.L. Moody once said, “Everybody wants to enjoy heaven after they die, but they don’t want to be heavenly-minded while they live.” We all have been exposed to someone or maybe even a group of somebodies that are less than heavenly-minded when it comes to ministers and rabbis and their work and pay in the congregation. They say things like “those guys are just dollar chasers trying to cash in on gullible people” or, “That is why I don’t go to a congregation and I just believe in God” or,  “That is why I don’t give to churches just to charities.” Most of the time this person is taking their cues from a media story or the latest rumor catching traction on the rumor mill.

Take it from me, I realize running a synagogue is not the same thing as running a multi-million-dollar corporation. I understand that a rabbi or pastor is on call at all hours and rarely ever sees a 40 hour week. A rabbi or pastor has to stand before a live audience every week with a message that he believes has spiritual and lasting significance and not just a corporate update report once a quarter. I realize most rabbis and pastors will experience the emotional life-cycle of joy to grief on a monthly basis as they attend to new births, sudden or tragic deaths, Bar and Bat Mitzvot and not just the few friends and co-workers under the immediate influence. I realize most rabbis and pastors believe when they are up on the platform or pulpit that they are giving every ounce of their energy away and still that will never be enough.  I realize that the average rabbi or pastor is doing more behind the scenes financially for private individuals and organization then will ever be brought to light.  That is the call of being a rabbi or pastor vs being a corporate figurehead.

From time-to-time, it is good that God raises up a generation of leaders and professionals that “delight” in those who are ministering.  They take great joy in the work of ministry of the Kingdom of God here on earth. They believe in these men who are ministering before God’s altar and they don’t want to wait for heaven they want to experience heaven here on earth. They believe that just like there is a great need for professionals in the corporate field there is just as a great need, if not greater to have servants dedicated to the ministry and work of the house of God. This is the kind of generation that makes sure that what the Torah mandates for the work of ministry is provided for so that the Kingdom of God can be sufficiently attended to. They do it not under compulsion but out of delight for the service of God. This is the kind of generation, that in any generation – from Moses to Nehemiah to the Apostles – that is always advancing the mission of God in this world. They take delight in those serving rather than always trying to pin a false-charge on the rabbi or pastor.

Prayer

May God make you like the tribe of Judah that took delight in God’s servants. May your delight in them overflow into an abundance of blessing and a commitment to uphold those parts of the Torah that attend to the needs of the ministry. May the God of Israel lead you to a congregation, a community where you can say with confidence, “I take delight in the leadership and delight in bringing my tithes into this storehouse.” May God bless you as you commit your finances in obedience to the Torah.

 

For the Feed

From time-to-time, it is good that God raises up a generation of leaders and professionals that “delight” in those who are ministering.  They take great joy in the work of ministry of the Kingdom of God here on earth. They believe in these men who are ministering before God’s altar and they don’t want to wait for heaven they want to experience heaven here on earth. They believe that just like there is a great need for professionals in the corporate field there is just as a great need, if not greater to have servants dedicated to the ministry and work of the house of God.