Consider the Ravens
Why do people need to work for a living when Jesus says that
Rabbi Eleazar is basing all his thoughts on the creation story in Genesis. According to Genesis 1:26, humans were made in God's image to reign over creation, so just as a king's subjects are his "servants," God decreed that animals are man's "servants." But unlike animals, Adam sinned by eating the apple, and his punishment was that he would have to toil for food instead of having it easily available. The rabbi is saying that because he is a sinner like Adam, he must work hard for his food, unlike the animals.
I think we can look at both of these statements together and gain from the contrast. It is a reality of life for us that we need to find work and make a living to sustain ourselves, and often our jobs can be toilsome and frustrating. We aren't guaranteed a life free of sweat and labor. But ultimately, we can trust that through the work that we are assigned, God is watching over us and providing for our needs, just as he cares for the birds. We are precious in God's sight, and we can worry about pleasing him because we know he cares for us.
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