Should Pastors be paid to do their job?

Should Pastors be paid to do their job?  Some people are really against Pastors earning a salary for their position of Pastor. Like all questions, we should go to the Bible and see any examples of men of God and if and how they were paid.

In 2 Kings Chapter 8 verses 7-8 we see that the King of Syria was sick and was told that the man of God had come to Syria. The King told his servant to “go meet the man of God, and inquire of the Lord by him, saying, Shall I recover from this disease?” So the servant Hazel took a present with him of every good thing of Damascus, forty camel loads, and came and stood before him (Elisha) said “Your son Ben-hadad king of Syria has sent me to you, asking, Shall I recover from this disease?”

That’s some “present” isn’t it? Let’s just get an idea of what 40 Camels look like (scroll down all the way to the end):

Photo by Sergey Pesterev on Unsplash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

40th Camel
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Shown above are 40 camels. There were 40 that we sent with gifts for the man of God. Now consider this, each came can carry around 500 pounds! Even though it doesn’t say let’s assume since it says”every good thing of Damascus, it could have been things like baklava, which Syrians call “baqlawah” (بقلاوة), ma’amoul ( are date, pistachio or walnut filled cookies/biscuits, Coffee. Perhaps spices such as Baharat and Za’Atar. Fine Syrian material for clothes. Perhaps gold and silver also. While all of this was a gift and not considered a salary, I’m sure you would agree it was more than enough.

Another instance was when Naman the leper went to meet Elisha to be healed of his leprous disease he took with him 10 talents of silver, 6,000 shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothes. (Now in this case, Elisha didn’t accept them since he knew that leprosy is contagious) but it goes to show you what was offered to him.

Of course, they don’t always have it so good. There was a time with Elijah lived in a room that was provided him by a husband and wife who seen him traveling past them often. They provided him the room and food. Far from posh living, but all his needs were taken care of.

So, should a Pastor receive a salary for his position? I would say yes he should and a good one too. He should be well taken care of for his service to others.

You might read this and think “Oh, that was old testament” Jesus was never given such expensive gifts! Oh really? Let’s see:

When Jesus was still a baby he was given by the Magi: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:11.

Jesus clothing was argued over at the time of his death, so it must have been nice enough to want.

Jesus and his disciples never went without food (not counting fasting). Many people supported Jesus in where Jesus assigned Judas as treasurer to take care of collecting and paying out money for their needs.

We also know that God blesses abundantly. When Jesus fed the 5000, there was leftovers. Lots of leftovers! Why? That’s how God works. He works in abundance. We see abundance in nature all around us. A tree doesn’t just give one or two fruits. Even look at cats and dogs in how many are born at once. God is an abundant God and He blesses and gives abundantly. More than enough even.

If you are an elder of a church and are reading this thinking that your Pastor is making too much money, perhaps in light of these scriptures you should now reconsider. Break out of the lack mentality and realize your Pastor works hard in his service to others and him and his family should be well provided for. Even more than enough!

Inspiring you to have more Wealth and Riches in every area of your life,

Dexter Black

 

 

 

 

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