A Principle-Driven Preaching — Part #4
The Apostle Paul makes this statement in I Corinthians 9:3-11 . . . .
Mine answer to them that do examine me is this,
Have we not power to eat and to drink?
Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?
Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?
Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?
Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?
For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?
Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.
If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
When Paul states the principle — that he and Barnabas have the right — the power — to eat, drink, travel with others, forbear working when carrying out the ministry, Paul cites the law!
Paul states that the law, the Old Testament law, stands behind this principle and quotes Deuteronomy 24:5 — “Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn.” — clearly found in the O.T. law!
God’s people were to be taught and follow this law when they were in the field working with oxen.
Apparently, says Paul, that when this law was given, it was not only meant to be a command to followed when it came to oxen, but it also established a biblical principle!
Biblical principles are even meant to be derived from the Old Testament laws.
Principles Even Come From Precepts
(cont’d — Part #5)