e M i n i s t r i e s o f
Staying with the Supplies
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Daily Distribution of Food
Samuel 30:9, 21-25 – Staying with the Supplies
all the men wanted to go to battle and none stay and protect the city of Ziklag.
Result: The plundering of the city by the enemy.
ministry of the church must be guarded and protected.
ministry is as important as the other ministries.
- Uncared for ministries will
- Those who stay with the
supplies empowered the those
who went into battle by guarding their things, making their work load
easier and allowing them to stay focused on the battle they were engaged
- Staying with the supplies
requires discipline and commitment (spiritual maturity). It is
difficult not to lose focus and leave this type of ministry unattended and
open to a surprise attack.
- Remember – The community wins
not the individual
- Actually – The Lord wins the
battle and shares his glory and his plunder. That is why we can say
everyone gets an equal share of the plunder because the battle was the
Lord’s not the warriors’.
- Those who stayed with the
supplies are recognized as equals.
- Respect and recognition will
result in honorable and diligent performance in the future.
6:1-7 – Daily Distribution
results in more diversity which leads to more differences which requires us to
stay focused on our responsibility to avoid distractions.
The people where complaining about a real problem.
The problem was a failure of the apostles.
complaint was justified and aimed at the apostles.
it was brought to their attention they made a plan to fix it.
is “diakonia” and is used
in both 6:1 and 6:4. One for the ministry of distribution
of food and the other for the ministry of teaching the
apostles where equipped for their ministry but not for every ministry.
- The seven were not less
spiritual. In fact they were filled with wisdom and the
spirit. The people where not to chose
anybody for this “simple” ministry. But they were to be filled with
the spirit and wisdom for every ministry.
- The tension was over a
practical situation and not over theology or faith.
- Both needs (food and the
word) where equally important.
- Imagine if the apostles had
allowed their ministry to be distracted by serving food. Or, imagine
if the seven were distracted by trying to do the apostles ministry.
It was not right for either of them to be distracted by someone else’s
- Twelve had the idea on how to
solve the problem and presented the solution. But, the group chose
the seven themselves. The apostles did not do the choosing.
They had confidence in the people of the church.
ministries we see developing in these verses are: teaching, missions,
charitable relief and administration.
on tables is as legitimate as teaching the Word of God.
in the church is as legitimate as missions.