Lev 7:8 And the priest who offers any man’s ascending offering will have for himself the skin of the ascending offering that he has offered.
Lev 7:9 And every tribute offering baked in the oven and all that is prepared on a pan or a griddle will belong to the priest who offers it.
Lev 7:10 And every tribute offering, mixed with oil or dry, will be shared equally among all the sons of Aaron.
compensation for consecration
How we treat those who minister in God’s name is a reflection on how we value the ministry, and our relationship with God himself. The priests under the Mosaic covenant did not live lives of affluence, nor were they forced into a vow of poverty. They were to be appropriately compensated.
In the church today, appropriate compensation should be our goal as well. That will look different for different faith communities. Some seek to do ministry entirely without compensation, which is alright if they are truly free to do so. But most will need to tread the grain unmuzzled (Deuteronomy 25:4; 1 Corinthians 9:9; 1 Timothy 5:18). They will need money to live on, and it is only right to expect that money to come from those they serve among.
LORD, show us how to treat those who minister among us fairly.