Posts Tagged ‘Slaves’


Leviticus 25:1-7,10,54-55 The LORD said to Moses at Mount Sinai, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a sabbath to the LORD. For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops. But in the seventh year the land is to have a year of sabbath rest, a sabbath to the LORD. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards. Do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the grapes of your untended vines. The land is to have a year of rest. Whatever the land yields during the sabbath year will be food for you—for yourself, your male and female servants, and the hired worker and temporary resident who live among you, as well as for your livestock and the wild animals in your land. Whatever the land produces may be eaten… Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each of you is to return to your family property and to your own clan… “‘Even if someone is not redeemed in any of these ways, they and their children are to be released in the Year of Jubilee, for the Israelites belong to me as servants. They are my servants, whom I brought out of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.

Many aspects of life in those Mosaic times are very odd to us and we find them hard to understand or accept. Slavery is one such concept and keeps us wondering how a God of love would permit such things.

In this long and exhaustive chapter on the year of jubilee, what could be relevant to us in today’s time and how does this draw us closer to God? (more…)


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? (more…)


Genesis 47:3-6,9,25-26 Then Pharaoh said to his brothers, “What is your occupation?” So they said to Pharaoh, “Your servants are shepherds, both we and our fathers.” They said to Pharaoh, “We have come to sojourn in the land, for there is no pasture for your servants’ flocks, for the famine is severe in the land of Canaan. Now, therefore, please let your servants live in the land of Goshen.” Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you. “The land of Egypt is at your disposal; settle your father and your brothers in the best of the land, let them live in the land of Goshen; and if you know any capable men among them, then put them in charge of my livestock”… So Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The years of my sojourning are one hundred and thirty; few and unpleasant have been the years of my life, nor have they attained the years that my fathers lived during the days of their sojourning”… So they said, “You have saved our lives! Let us find favor in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh’s slaves.” Joseph made it a statute concerning the land of Egypt valid to this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth; only the land of the priests did not become Pharaoh’s.

Is it not wonderful to see great blessing being poured out and to rest in the knowledge that God is almighty over everything that He has created?

Joseph’s family spoke truthfully of their occupation to Pharaoh and as Joseph expected, Pharaoh established Israel and his family well and gave them the responsibility to oversee his own flocks also.

Truth certainly paid off well and was rewarded well but is that what today’s chapter is about? (more…)


1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 12-13, 27
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good… For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit… Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.

Paul writes much about gifts of the Holy Spirit in this chapter and I recommend you read it well to understand it. The Bible tells us that we are filled with the Holy Spirit when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. The Holy Spirit is at work in us transforming us from inside out to make us like Jesus and empowers us to serve God in many ways. Different believers have different gifts that collectively serve God and Paul weeds out the confusion regarding this gifting because in our paradigm, we think each one should have the same gifts and don’t appreciate the variety that adds up to glorifying God collectively.

Yesterday we reflected on communion which is a symbol of the body and blood of Jesus. In 1 Cor. 10:17, Paul reminds us that ‘Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread‘. We are all different in our cultures, colors, languages, etc. but we all are bound in love by Jesus that makes us family. Similarly in our gifting, we are all differently gifted but collectively serve God to glorify Him alone. No one of us is greater or lesser because of our gifting and also Jesus reminds us in Luke 9:48 that whoever is the least among us is the greatest. Let us seek our spiritual gifts from God to use it for His glory and lets work together to build His kingdom.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


1 Corinthians 7:17, 19, 23
Nevertheless, each one should retain the place in life that the Lord assigned to him and to which God has called him. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches.… Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God’s commands is what counts… You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.

I’ve spent most of my day thinking about these verses and trying to understand what my place is where our Lord Jesus has assigned me to? I am a husband, dad, brother, son, friend, neighbour, tenant, colleague, subordinate, immigrant, national, foreigner, etc. Am I better off in each role and am I bad at any? Does my culture differentiate me, does my faith necessitate that I amend my relationships, am I subservient to others or am I too forceful? What is God instructing us?

It is the duty of every Christian to be content with what the Lord has blessed them with. Our comfort and happiness depends on what we are to Christ, not what we are in the world. No one should try to make his faith or religion a reason to break any natural obligations like marriage. We should quietly and happily deal with the situation we are placed by God’s grace and seek ways to glorify Him. Our lives are not our own but His who gave His life to save ours. He has placed us in our situations to glorify Him and become more like Him. Hope you agree with me and are willing to be slave to Christ rather than a slave to the world?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


Romans 6:19b-23
Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Shame is a common problem we Christians face daily. We are embarrassed to let the world know our new life because we don’t believe the world will accept the ‘new’ us. We would rather be acceptable to the world around us than to Christ, whom we know is real and true but does not exist in our day-to-day lives. This is a challenge we face everyday and overcoming it seems like such a hard battle. It is to people like us that Paul is writing.

I have 747 friends on facebook, a social networking website, and a dear sister and friend of mine suggested I feature these devotionals on the site. It was hard because I felt most of my friends would not be accepting of me and my religious views. The fear of losing friends gripped me and I pulled down the feature after a day of trying. However, recently I was encouraged once again by the Holy Spirit and I consented. My loss may be a few friends but my gain is the many who might seek the Lord and find their Savior and Redeemer in Him. Lets not be slaves to sin but to God and therefore grow in holiness and gain eternal life!

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy