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Handling the Old Testament Faithfully (pt. 2)

What the New Testament use of the Old teaches preachers today

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This is part two in a three-part series. In part one, the author examined three New Testament passages to determine how their writer used the Old Testament with his contemporaries. To read part one, click here.

1 Corinthians 9:8–10

In the context of 1 Corinthians 9:8–10, Paul is defending his right to receive some maintenance from those among whom he ministers. Although this is a right which Paul is willing to forgo, he is eager to maintain the right in principle and argues for it in several ways, including the cases of the soldier, the vinedresser, and the shepherd, a command of the Lord, and the example of priests who are allowed to share in the sacrificial offerings in the temple. One part of his case is stated as follows:

Do I say these things on human authority? Does not the Law say the same? For it is written in the Law of Moses, "You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain." Is it for oxen that God is concerned? Does he not speak entirely for our sake? It was ...

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