The Sacrificial Labor of a Ministering Calf

“…and the second beast (living creature) like a calf…” ~ Revelation 4:7

CowThe calf or more better interpreted a “bullock” or ox was both a creature used for hard labor, and for sacrificing. The Apostle Paul instructed us to never try to control what a true minister would preach by withholding support for his needs:

“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?” ~ 1 Corinthians 9:9-11

“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.” ~ 1 Timothy 5:17-18

Additionally, the calf was part of the regular sacrificial worship of the Jews:

“Either a bullock or a lamb that hath any thing superfluous or lacking in his parts, that mayest thou offer for a freewill offering” ~ Leviticus 22:23

Today, God requires us who labor for him to be a willing, pure, and holy sacrifice in our service to the Lord:

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” ~ Romans 12:1

But, as there are true minister/calfs, spiritually there are also false minister/calfs. Instead of being the sacrifice, they become the object of worship:

“And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.” ~ Acts 7:41

The Lord had the true minister in those days, Moses, take the idol calf and destroy it.

“And I took your sin, the calf which ye had made, and burnt it with fire, and stamped it, and ground it very small, even until it was as small as dust: and I cast the dust thereof into the brook that descended out of the mount.” ~ Deuteronomy 9:21

And so it is also the responsibility of a true minister of the gospel to expose false preachers, so that people will not worship and follow a hypocrite. Jesus certainly set the example in how he dealt with the false preachers of that time:

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.” ~ Matthew 23:27

And so it has been the responsibility of every true minister to expose and warn against false ministers:

“Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.” ~ 2 Timothy 3:4-8

People don’t like it when false preachers are exposed. They would not have liked the preaching of Jesus nor his disciples. So what kind of preacher do you choose to listen to? Is he a self sacrificial calf that labors in the truth of the pure gospel? Or is he an idol that is worshiped by the people?

3 responses to “The Sacrificial Labor of a Ministering Calf

  1. Let the true levites stand on Lord’s side and with the sword of the Spirit smite the dumb idols who sit as queens in the Lord’s temple claiming to be God.

    God bless you.

  2. I just started making the connection to the 4 beast (living things) to the camp in the wilderness and as it is the type of the camp of the saints. This is what Ezekiel’s wheel is teaching, The camp was set up with ensigns on each side. The Lion of Judah on the east, the Eagle of Dan on the north, the Ox of Ephraim on the west and the face of a man, Rueben on the south. The metaphor that comes out of this is very important. When you keep going you realize this is what makes up the 144,000 the remnant saints, the camp of the saints that become surrounded by false teachers.

    Rev 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
    Rev 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

    This post on the Ox brings clarity Richard thank you.

  3. Lord bless you Chris! I always thoroughly enjoy sharing together with you the spiritual insights from scripture. Very interesting the note about the ensigns and how they were assigned to the four tribes. The “Lion of the tribe of Judah” is obvious, but what scriptures or sources did you determine the others from. I did a little search on the Web and found a couple articles referencing what you identified, but none of them referenced a place in scripture, so I was unclear how they came to determine: Dan – eagle, Ephriam – Ox, and Rueben – man. But it must be there because of what I found so far on the Web, but I was hoping for some solid references to ancient manuscripts or scriptures. Could you share that with me? Thanks…

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