Again in February Meyer taught on tithing. The dates for the following quotations are given at the end of each quote. I simply request dialog on tithing.
The following quotations reveal this attitude. How do you honour that command [9: Do you blow off a command of Jesus as if it is nothing? However, while the Levite servant workers could only eat the tithe, the minister-priests were commanded to eat portions of most sacrifices, the first-born, the first-fruit, food offerings and their small portion of the tithes. See Numbers 18 all and Nehemiah Since verse 13 does not exclusively refer to tithing, then Meyer has no textual reason to insist that verse 14 must only refer to tithing.
He draws on an OT principle to demonstrate his right of support — and it was this right he chose NOT to exercise in order to preach to them free of charge. Otherwise Meyer would have certainly referred to the exact text. Do the research and study several reputable commentaries.
That's what that Greek little term means. By the same principle, the Lord has commanded! Say that word with me. The Lord has commanded. This is not a suggestion. This is a commandment. It is not an apostolic command, it is a divine command. By the same principle.
That principle, that principle running right through the Old Testament, where God's workforce were looked after by the tithe is to be applied in the New Testament context as the way in which God's workers in the New Testament will be supplied.
Again Meyer shows no indication that he has thoroughly researched 1st Corinthians 9: His conclusions are not shared by them. In fact his conclusions are not even shared by most who generally agree with him concerning tithing.
Yet in his major argument Meyer implies that his personal understanding of a Greek word is the only correct one. The most reputable translations and revisions read: It is the first Greek word in First Corinthians 9: It's not written in the Gospels.
Yet Paul says it was commanded by Christ. Either he had it by a personal revelation in much the same way as he explains in 1 Cor 11 insights the Lord had given him about the communion table, or it was a command that Christ spoke to his disciples which didn't get recorded in the Gospels. Now, since he cannot locate an exact verse for 9: Yet most commentaries and reference books suggest that 9: Perhaps Meyer does not want anybody to read Matthew 10 or Luke 10 because they describe early evangelists as extremely poor workers who did not receive tithes.
Contrary to what Meyer teaches, First Corinthians 9: Even the Amplified Version which Meyer uses connects 9: Even so did the Lord ordain houtoos kai ho Kurios dietaxen. Just as God gave orders about the priests in the temple, so did the Lord Jesus give orders for those who preach the gospel to live out of the gospel ek tou euangeliou zeen.
Evidently Paul was familiar with the words of Jesus in Matt He has made his argument for the minister's salary complete for all time. That's the principle we're going to apply when it comes to the support of those who preach the gospel: Read again Numbers Sometimes we find their understanding of an OT idea in a single verse of scripture.
All of the context of 9: Commentaries prove him wrong when he says that 9: This is because Numbers 18 is not an exclusive reference to tithing, but includes ALL forms of Levitical support which Meyer definitely does not want to allow!