Hidden Treasures

The Bible is much more than a book of religion.

I Will Not Go Free

Slavery was an economic fact of life in America for the first 200 years of our existence. It has been a fact of life in world history from the beginning of time. Even today women and children are sold into slavery to satisfy the lusts of evil men.

Slavery in America

In the days of slavery slaves were sold as animals on the auction block here in America. Many slaves had cruel masters and were mistreated. Others had Christian masters and were lovingly treated as part of the family. Even in the past century, a form of slavery has been practiced in mining communities. Mine owners virtually owned their employees. They provided them homes and schools for their children and a company store where they could buy all their groceries and household needs. These people were in total dependence on their mine owners and could not better themselves. This also is an oppressive form of slavery.Even today some Americans are slaves, stuck in the rut of the welfare system. They have no desire or incentive to better themselves and the welfare mentality is passed on from generation to generation.

Slavery in Bible Times

The Apostle Paul wrote an epistle to Philemon, a slave owner. In that epistle he taught Philemon to be kind to his run-away slave and treat him as a beloved brother. He taught Onesimus, the slave whom he had won to Christ, to return to his master and submit to him.

In the Old Testament in the book of Exodus we read of Israel’s bitter bondage in Egypt for 400 years. In God’s time God used Moses to lead His people out of bondage; but slavery continued to be practiced by God’s people. Slaves could be acquired:as prisoners of war. Numbers 31:7-9by purchase, Leviticus 25:44-45as a gift, Genesis 29:24by accepting a person in lieu of a debt if the thief had nothing to pay for the things stolen. Exodus 22:2-3

God’s Laws for Slavery

In Exodus 21 God gave His laws for the treatment of slaves. These laws are strange to our ears, but they are God’s laws.If an Israelite bought a fellow Hebrew, the slave worked for him for six years. In the seventh year he was free to leave his master. If the Israelite slave came with his own wife, she was freed with him.If the master provided a wife for him, when he left in the seventh year, she stayed with the master. If children were born to this union, both the wife and children stayed with the master.But if at the end of the sixth year the servant/slave loved his master and his family, he was free to remain in servitude to his master. Exodus 21:5-6 describes the legal procedure for remaining with his master. “If the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife and my children. I will not go free, then the master shall bring his servant unto the judges. He shall also bring him to the door or unto the door post. His master shall bore his ear with an awl, and the slave shall serve him forever.”

Christ’s Slaves

We Christians have been delivered from Satan’s slavery by Christ. One day we stood bound by Satan on the auction block of sin. The Lord Jesus Christ made the ultimate bid for us, His own precious blood shed on the cross for us. With that sacrifice, He freed us from Satan’s bondage. If we love and appreciate our Master, even though we are free to do with our life whatever we desire; it only seems right that a Christian should go to the door post of surrender and allow Christ to bore his ear, figuratively speaking, and become His bondslave for the rest of his life.

Have you made that surrender of your life to Christ? Are you serving Him faithfully, using the gifts God has given you for his purpose and glory?

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May 14, 2006 - Posted by | Service Series

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