Proclaim and live by the gospel (1 Cor. 9:14)

“In the same way,

The Lord commanded

That those who proclaim

The gospel

Should get their living

By the gospel.”

οὕτως καὶ ὁ Κύριος διέταξεν τοῖς τὸ εὐαγγέλιον καταγγέλλουσιν ἐκ τοῦ εὐαγγελίου ζῆν·

Paul said that in the same way, the Lord (οὕτως καὶ ὁ Κύριος) commanded that those (διέταξεν τοῖς) who proclaim (καταγγέλλουσιν) the gospel (τὸ εὐαγγέλιον) should get their living (ζῆν) by the gospel (ἐκ τοῦ εὐαγγελίου).  Jesus had said something similar to this as in Luke, chapter 10:7 and Matthew 10:10-11, and Mark, chapter 6:10.  Luke indicated that Jesus said to the 70 disciples that they were to remain in the same house (ἐν αὐτῇ δὲ τῇ οἰκίᾳ μένετε).  They should eat (ἔσθοντες) and drink (καὶ πίνοντες) whatever they were provided (τὰ παρ’ αὐτῶν).  Jesus said that the laborer deserved to be paid or was worthy of his wages (ἄξιος γὰρ ὁ ἐργάτης τοῦ μισθοῦ αὐτοῦ).  They were not to move around (μὴ μεταβαίνετε) from house to house (ἐξ οἰκίας εἰς οἰκίαν).  Mark indicated that Jesus had a very simple message about where to stay.  Wherever they entered a house, they should stay there in one place until they left.  They should not switch places.  Matthew also had Jesus give a very simple message about where to stay when they entered a town or village.  They should try to find a place to stay with someone who was worthy, honorable, or suitable.  They should not switch places.  They should stay in that one place until they left.  They were not to go wandering around.  Find a suitable person and place!  Then stay there!  This message to the 12 apostles and 70 disciples was the same.  Matthew, chapter 10:10 also indicated that these laborers deserved their food, just like Luke here.  Luke even indicated that they should eat and drink whatever they get, and not be picky.  Thus, Jesus had indicated that the apostles when they went out preaching deserved food and drink as well as reasonable living arrangements.  Paul reiterated that here.  Should the Christian missionaries be satisfied with what they get?

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