It is not our church or ministry, it is God’s. The money in the church treasury does not belong to the pastor or the treasure. It does not belong to one person. It belongs to the movement of God. The resources of the church does not belong to the individuals by which they are assigned to. The pastor is God’s shepherd whom He uses to lead, feed, and guide the flock. The pastor does not own the church. Workers of the Lord need to recognize that everything they have to work with belongs to the Lord. Donations that are given are prompted by the Lord in order to fund His mission.
Ezra is basically saying to the priests, “Guard this stuff with your life until you weigh it in at Jerusalem.” The day of accountability would come when they arrived “at Jerusalem” and gave account “before the chief of the priests and the Levites, and chief of the fathers of Israel.” This is a reference to the leaders of the nation of Israel. The “chambers of the house of the Lord” were rooms around the edges of parts of the temple area used both for administration and storage and for the priests’ personal convenience. He was making sure the offering made it safely to where they were supposed to be.
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Have you ever felt that it is unfair for the offering to go the pastor’s livelihood? Why do you think you feel this way?