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The Master taught that those disciples who were workers in the field were deserving of some assistance so they could accomplish their work. He accepted such help from those who had the means. [Luke 8:1]
We need not guess at Jesusí meaning, for the words above were referenced twice by the apostle Paul. First at 1 Corinthians 9:14 he paraphrases Christ, “Thus, also the Master ordained that ‘those who proclaim the Good News should be living off the Good News’.” [NCMM] Again, he told Timothy, “Let those elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the Word and teaching. For the Scripture says, ‘…The worker is worthy of his wages’.” [1 Timothy 5:17, 18 NCMM]
Therefore, we see that our Master taught it was right and correct to assist those who demonstrated they were truly dedicated to the work of the Gospel. And so Paul writes: “Additionally, let those who are being orally instructed in the Word share materially with the one giving such instruction.” [Galatians 6:6 NCMM]
Abba bless you.
— Mark Heber Miller.
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