As I was meditating upon The LORD, He begin to reveal to me that way too many leaders have mistaken what true ministry is all about, when it comes to financial support.
Please read this portion of scripture,
“Thou shalt even take five shekels apiece by the poll, after the shekel of the sanctuary shalt thou take them: (the shekel is twenty gerahs:) and thou shalt give the money, wherewith the odd number of them is to be redeemed, unto Aaron and to his sons. And Moses took the redemption money of them that were over and above them that were redeemed by the Levites: of the firstborn of the children of Israel took he the money; a thousand three hundred and threescore and five shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary: and Moses gave the money of them that were redeemed unto Aaron and to his sons, according to the word of The LORD, as The LORD commanded Moses,” Numbers 3:47-51 KJV.
Many leaders believe that it is the people’s job to support their leaders, but if you read on, you will see that it was God who choose not to count the Leviticus Priesthood in with the Tribe of the Children of Israel.
Why? Because, God wanted them as His own and not only did He want them as His own, but He wanted them as His own personal servants, working in the tabernacle, doing the duties of the priest!
Many leaders are saying that God has called them into the priesthood, but they do not trust God to provide and to make provision for them!
I have to admit, when God began to speak this word to me, I had to take a step backwards and begin to allow the Holy Ghost to speak to me, because we hear all sorts of things when it comes to leadership in these days and times, such as:
- “for the scripture say you must not muzzle an ox that is threshing grain” and,
- “the laborer is worthy of his wages,” (1 Timothy 5:18).
In the more general sense, as Paul is using it here, this also means it’s both beneficial and fair for those who labor in teaching and preaching in the church, to be blessed by the people of God, as God blesses them.
But this is in no wise saying, that leaders should be come co-dependent upon the people to take care of them.
In other words, it is not a permanent and a sure sustainable way of income, for God’s man or woman to place their trust in those whom they minister to and pour into (tread out the corn to), that they will meet all your provisions as a leader.
But what this is primarily saying, is that the people of God, when they have been blessed, should be more than willing to give back to those who have devoted their time and energy fully to the service of the congregation.
But, as we read above, the Leviticus Priesthood God touched Moses’s heart and laid it upon him to give back a portion of His offerings to the tribe of the Levites, so they could work for him in the office of the Priest, to administer their daily priestly duties assigned unto them!
They did not have to use gimmicks, tricks or other underhanded methods to swindle money out of the people, but God himself made provision for them!
Moses moved in obedience, without hesitation, and the scriptures said,
“He took five shekels apiece by the poll, after the shekel of the sanctuary shalt thou take them: (the shekel is twenty gerahs:) and thou shalt give the money, wherewith the odd number of them is to be redeemed, UNTO AARON AND TO HIS SONS.
And Moses took the redemption money of them that were over and above them that were redeemed by the Levites: opf the firstborn of the children of Israel took he the money; a thousand three hundred and threescore and five shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary: and Moses gave the money of them that were redeemed unto Aaron and to his sons, according to the word of The LORD.”
Come on somebody!
You don’t have to worry about provision and how you are going to be provided for in this season, because God is going to touch the hearts of others to bless you in this season!
It may come by those you minister to, or it may come directly by God touching the hearts of other leaders, as He did Moses.
But one thing for certain, God does not want His leaders co-depending upon any one source for provision.
Now (not tomorrow, but this present moment) faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony (Hebrew 11:1-2).
Come on somebody! Faith that is not tried, is not faith!
Aaron’s descendants served as the priests in Israel, ministering in the tabernacle and, later, the temple, primarily as mediators between man and God.
This was an important job and it took up a lot of their time and effort, so they could not hold another job, because of their responsibilities to both the people and God. So God made sure they were taken care of, fairly!
The Levitical priests bore the responsibility of offering the sacrifices required by the Mosaic Law. Some of the Levitical priests in the Bible are Ezra; Eli; and Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist.
Nadab and Abihu are best known, however, for offering “unauthorized fire” (or “strange fire,” KJV) before The LORD in the tabernacle and dying as a result.
Leviticus 10:1–2 shares this sobering account, stating,
“Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before The LORD, contrary to his command. So fire came out from the presence of The LORD and consumed them, and they died before The LORD.”
In this season, I believe that an open heaven will be over those God whom has called into the priesthood, but it will come with conditions that we follow and obey His commands, according to Deuteronomy 28. Not as Nadab and Abihu whom God chose to chasten for their disobedience!
You might ask the question, why did God put Nadab and Abihu to death?
Leviticus 10:3 offers the explanation:
“Moses then said to Aaron, ‘This is what The LORD spoke of when he said: ‘“Among those who approach me I will be proved holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored.”
But, to those who served as priests before The LORD were required to serve Him honorably. If they did not, the consequence was death.
~ Apostle Geraldine Fisher
Apostle Geraldine Fisher has a World-Wide-Social Media Net-Work Ministry. As a Missionary, God moved her into the Office of a Prophet, revealing to her the qualities of a True prophet, humility, humiliation, loving others, interceding in prayer, as she keeps her own life clean to accurately hear from God. Since hearing the audible voice of God calling her to ministry, she’s been called to intercede and pray for others in ministry as God speaks, instructs, directs and gives prophetic words for her to give to others. God promised He would bring her to sit and to learn before great men, all of which He did!