God's Armorbearer and the Gift of Support

Written by Earma Brown

“Bring your fellow Levites from your ancestral tribe to join you and assist you when you and your sons minister beforerepparttar Tent ofrepparttar 135160 Testimony. They are to be responsible to you and are to perform allrepparttar 135161 duties ofrepparttar 135162 Tent…I myself have selected your fellow Levites from amongrepparttar 135163 Israelites as a gift to you, dedicated torepparttar 135164 Lord to dorepparttar 135165 work atrepparttar 135166 Tent of Meeting.” —Numbers 18:2, 3, 6 NIV.

Are you serving as an armorbearer, assistant, or volunteer in a support position on your team or ministry? Determine to let your service be a gift. Inrepparttar 135167 Old Testament, God gaverepparttar 135168 Levites’ help as a gift to Aaron and his sons. He literally called outrepparttar 135169 Levites solely as a support ministry torepparttar 135170 priesthood and offered them to Aaron and his sons as a gift.2

God’s design and purpose for our Levite brothers reflect a beautiful pattern for his New Testament servants today. God setrepparttar 135171 Levites apart to helprepparttar 135172 men of God. Look with me at some simple principles set forth that will under gird and still apply to our modern support ministries:

•God appointedrepparttar 135173 Levites. He selectedrepparttar 135174 Levite brothers from amongrepparttar 135175 other Israelites to join Aaron and his sons in service. In a similar fashion,repparttar 135176 writer ofrepparttar 135177 first book of Corinthians tells us, “God chooses and puts His saints exactly where he wants them inrepparttar 135178 Body of Christ. 3

Helping Others - What Did Jesus Say?

Written by David Hopkins

Helping others was something Jesus did on a daily basis. He was constantly approached by people, but He always found time to stop what He was doing to help those in need. This is a lesson we must learn if we want to be anything like Jesus, our savior.


While Jesus was teaching one day, a man inrepparttar crowd tried to test him to see if he would give a wrong answer. He asked Jesus, what he must do to inherit eternal life.

Jesus, who knewrepparttar 135159 man was a lawyer, told him to followrepparttar 135160 law, which says to love God and love your neighbor. In order to justify himself,repparttar 135161 lawyer asked who his neighbor was. Jesus then responded with this parable.

Luke 10:30-37 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by onrepparttar 135162 other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was atrepparttar 135163 place, came and looked on him, and passed by onrepparttar 135164 other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And onrepparttar 135165 morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them torepparttar 135166 host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell amongrepparttar 135167 thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

Torepparttar 135168 Jews of Jesus' time there was no such thing as a "good Samaritan." Jews and Samaritans hated each other for religious and political reasons. The fact that it was a Samaritan who helpedrepparttar 135169 Jewish man shows we are all neighbors. It also shows that God is interested in showing mercy rather than maintaining prejudice.

Not to mentionrepparttar 135170 fact thatrepparttar 135171 Jewish priest and Levite who are temple assistants, and are usually recognized as servants of God didn't lift a finger to helprepparttar 135172 man who was badly beaten.

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