Exodus 21:1-2,12,15,23-25,35 “These are the laws you are to set before them: “If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, he shall go free, without paying anything… “Anyone who strikes a man and kills him shall surely be put to death… “Anyone who attacks his father or his mother must be put to death… But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise… “If a man’s bull injures the bull of another and it dies, they are to sell the live one and divide both the money and the dead animal equally.

A bizarre set of laws that certainly confound logic but I am sure they were valid for the time they were revealed when there was no law and morality had no meaning among the nation of Israel who were wandering in the desert.

It seems like God did not condemn slavery and that any wrong action could simply be excused by a payment! What relevance do these laws have for us today in our Christian walk of faith?

To start with, we need to remember that the Israelites were slaves themselves for 430 years in Egypt. Slavery was a wretched thing and God heard the moans of His people and therefore freed them.

Changing culture was not going to happen overnight. There were no laws that bound humanity in those times except for moral law and clearly morality had lost all meaning which caused God to cause the flood.

Even though we have progressed so dramatically from then and live under human laws that are enforced by law enforcement bodies, we still combat slavery with over 27 million slaves around the world.

Power is a ‘high’ that we as humans seem to thrive on and domination has been the hallmark of victors!

The dictionary definition of slavery is ‘submission to a dominating influence’. According to the Bible, (Romans 3:23) All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, which means We as humans are sinners and the number of slaves to sin should be closer to 6.9 billion (world population).

The only ones saved from slavery to sin are the ones purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s only son, sacrificed on the cross for the sins of the world!

Beyond slavery in today’s passage is the issue of payment as a means of being excused of grevious sins such as hurting others and their property.

Again, we have similar payment terms today in terms of jail time, hard labor, fines, defamation, etc. which are comparable to those set in the Mosaic times.

Today as was then, criminals get away with murder, innocent are unjustly persecuted and there does not seem to be a sense of hope. even with our laws.

Again we see that humanity is lost in the desert of life and is found clutching at straws of hope that are bound in sin.

We have no hope if we live by human terms but in Jesus Christ alone there is hope, hope not just for today and tomorrow but for eternity and we can all access it by submitting our lives to Him and asking Him to be Lord of our lives.

For those of us who have been saved from the slavery of sin, do we live like a people who celebrate this freedom by glorifying God and sharing his good news of hope with those bound by sin?

In His Loving Service,

Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

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  1. Ann says:

    Thanks, Vineet

    Great to know that the freedom He brings matters more than any other. He paid the ultimate price to break the bondage. So thankful He went to the cross to do what we could never even dream of…

    When you have a moment, do take a look at what Deb wrote about being His … http://iftodaywehear.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/your-names-are-written/


  2. Debbie says:

    I love where you went with this. Slavery to sin being everyone of us. Praying that slavery to Jesus be the same number. There is a Master to be under that makes if okay to serve forever and ever. 🙂
    God bless you and yours and your non-stop faith that keeps reaching out to others for Him.

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