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Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.
God’s law for the Jewish people extended to every part of life. Here the Lord tells the people of Israel, “When an ox is treading out the grain or corn, don’t put a muzzle on it so that it can’t eat.” In other words, the ox was working hard so it should be allowed to eat from its labor for others.
The gentiles muzzled their oxen in that day. The idea was to work the beast of burden relentlessly and keep all of the grain for the owner. It was an act of greed while the animal suffered. Here God taught His people to be generous at every opportunity, even with ANIMALS! Later, in the New Testament, St. Paul references this passage when speaking about ministers of the Gospel. In 1 Corinthians 9:9-14 Paul argued for ministers of the gospel earning their livelihood from preaching the gospel. In verse 14 he says, “In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.” Work is work and work is also our worship unto the Lord. No one should be hindered from receiving a harvest from their labor when their labor is offered to benefit and serve the needs of others. No animal and no minister either. It’s time to put a sign on our front door, “No Muzzling Here!”
Help me today to be generous to all I meet. If it’s a kind word or a gratuity at the local restaurant, let me be someone who honors those around me. Amen