Moses instructed the soldiers to divide the spoils of war with the Levites and with the general population who did not go out to battle. From this time on it becameĀ a general rule that those who remained at home should receive a share of the booty in a successful campaign. This strongly demonstrated to all the essential unity of the congregation of the Lord. It emphasized the fact that all roles in the community were valuable. Those who stayed behind with the children and the supplies carried out their duties behind the scenes but were also recognized for providing a valuable role which resulted in the victory.

As Philip and Ogilvie observe, “This is a consideration of wide significance and encouragement. God sees to it that the unseen, hidden workers in His service are not overlooked or devalued. Every faithful servant receives his reward.”

A New Testament verse relevant to this concept is Hebrews 6:10. It says to those of us who do work behind the scenes, “For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.” Another verse with an exhortation associated with it comes from Paul to the Colossians. In 3:23-24 he writes, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance as a reward; it is the Lord Christ you are serving.”