“For the law of Moses says, “You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain.” Was God thinking only about oxen when he said this? Wasn’t he actually speaking to us? Yes, it was written for us, so that the one who plows and the one who threshes the grain might both expect a share of the harvest.” 1 Corinthians 9:9-10
Paul continues to write about the rights of those who serve the Lord. This church was having problems with supporting God’s servant. Even scripture says that the ox who works the threshing machine is not to be muzzled but is to be allowed to eat of the grain. (Deuteronomy 25:4). This was so that the animal working could have support from its work. This applies to humans as well as animals. If we work, we need support for our work. God wants to support and take care of all of His creation. He had provided for the feeding of all His creatures. Paul does make it clear that he walks by faith. In walking by faith, he knows that all of his needs will be supplied by God. In 1980 we accepted God’s call to the ministry and moved across the country to attend Bible College. I still stand in amazement how God provided for us. God provided everything we needed to do His work. Not only did God provide for our physical needs, He provided for our emotional and spiritual needs. God gave us friends that become part of our family.
This Scripture is not teaching us in these passages that one should be paid a salary for serving the Lord. A servant is “worthy of his reward,” to be sure, but the servant must walk by faith, counting on God to provide his needs. Paul could say in Philippians 4:19, “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” He knew God would supply their needs because God was faithfully supplying his needs. A servant must look to the Lord alone to supply his needs, and he can surely count on Him to move the hearts of His people to support him.
I know to me at times I read scripture and I think, why would God put this in the Bible. Then I start praying and digging into the Word and God is faithful to always show me why this needed to be in the Bible.