Supporting Preachers Is Not a Preacher's Idea

In First Corinthians 9 Paul argued that a church should pay their preacher wages. Knowing that someone might think he was coming up with this idea for himself, he appealed to the Law of Moses, “Do I say these things as a mere man? Or does not the law say the same also? For it is written in the law of Moses, ‘You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.’ Is it oxen God is concerned about?” (1 Corinthians 9:8-9).
Paul answered his last question in verse 10, saying that the law of the ox and the muzzle was primarily written for our benefit, that we might see even as the ox should be fed from his labor, so man, in this case, a preacher, should benefit from his labors.

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