Leap of Faith: Daily Lessons About Jesus Christ
Chapter: Understanding the Meaning of Slavery in the Bible and the Law (Pages 181-185)
“For they are My servants whom I brought out from the land of Egypt; they are not to be sold in a slave sale. You shall not rule over him with severity, but are to revere your God. ‘As for male and female slaves whom you may have—you may acquire male and female slaves from the pagan nations that are around you. Then, too, it is out of the sons of the sojourners who live as aliens among you that you may gain acquisition, and out of their families who are with you, whom they will have produced in your land; they also may become your possession. You may even bequeath them to your sons after you, to receive as a possession; you can use them as permanent slaves. But in respect to your countrymen, the sons of Israel, you shall not rule with severity over one another.”
Although the most basic concept of this term is that of a slave, slavery in the Bible was not the same as the slavery of modern times. The period of slavery was limited to six years. Slaves had rights and protection under the Law (Ex. 21:20). It was also possible for slaves to attain positions of power and honour (Gen. 24:2, 41:12). In addition, the people under the king were called his servants (Gen. 21:25), as well as his officers (1 Samuel 19:1), officials (2 Kings 22:12), ambassadors (Numbers 22:18), vassal kings (2 Samuel (10:19), tributary nations (1 Ch 18:2, 6, 13).
This word is also a humble way of referring to one’s self when speaking with another of equal or superior rank (Gen 33:5). The term is also applied to those who worship God (Ne 1:10); and to those who minister or serve Him (Isa 49:5,6). The phrase, the servant of the Lord, is the most outstanding reference to the Messiah in the OT, and its teachings are concentrated at the end of Isaiah (Isa 42:1,19; 43:10; 49:3, 5–7; 52:13; 53:11).
“But it shall come about, if you will not obey the Lord your God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes with which I charge you today, that all of these curses shall come upon you and overtake you…”The Lord will send upon you curses, confusion, and rebuke, in all you undertake to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, on account of the evil of your deeds, because you have forsaken Me…The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies; you shall go out one way against them, but you shall flee seven ways before them, and you shall be an example of terror to all the kingdoms of the earth. And your carcasses shall be food to all birds of the sky and to the beasts of the earth, and there shall be no one to frighten them away. The Lord will smite you with the boils of Egypt and with tumors and with the scab and with the itch which you cannot be healed. The Lord will smite you with madness and blindness and with bewilderment of heart; and you shall grope at noon, as the blind man gropes in the darkness, and you shall not prosper in your ways; but you shall only be oppressed and robbed continually with none to save you.”
Deuteronomy 28:15, 20, 25–29
Deuteronomy really consists of the repetition of the law consists of God being very clear about the commandments that He gave to Moses and law in general. The book of Numbers and Deuteronomy go hand in hand. He established the law so that we could live in peace and with understanding and in order that we may prosper and shine. He was very clear in his commandments, although many did not listen. This is not new, but is an ever-present reality in our world today. One interesting fact that comes to mind is that people in powerful and influential positions have attempted to override the commandments and claim that the Bible says something entirely untrue.
This is evident when we look at slavery in the Bible. Anyone who does not attempt to seek to understand the true meaning of the word slavery can easily be confused or misinterpret it. The word has been misused by people in order to turn people away from God and cause many to doubt Him…Some people have said that they do not agree with the idea of slavery in the Old Testament of the Bible, and this is also directed to those who have not studied the term. What does it truly mean? Being aware of the absolute manipulation that takes place in confusing the uneducated public is extremely important today. It is a harsh reality to see people in powerful positions taking advantage of those who do not know any better. This is deception at its finest. We should take time to see it for what it truly is. (Maybe one day we shall possess a new Bible (Testimony) of Jesus that will do away with the confusion of mankind…”
“In all their affliction He was afflicted, And the angel of His presence saved them; In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them; And He lifted them and carried them all the days of old. But they rebelled And grieved His Holy Spirit; Therefore, He turned Himself to become their enemy, He fought against them. Then His people remembered the days of old, of Moses. Where is He who brought them up out of the sea with the shepherds of His flock? Where is He who puts His Holy Spirit in the midst of them, Who caused His glorious arm to go at the right hand of Moses, Who divided the waters before them to make for Himself an everlasting name, Who led them through the depths? Like the horse in the wilderness, they did not stumble; As the cattle which go down into the valley, The Spirit of the Lord gave them rest. So didst Thou lead Thy people, To make for Thyself a glorious name.”
Also God has not ever desired to cast evil on man, but by ignoring and rejecting Him and falling into ways of our own humanistic self-ambition we put ourselves in these positions where God says, “Okay, I warned you.” (Example-False Religion)
Can you begin to grasp the magnitude of His power? If we still do not listen, then the consequence is that our eyes and ears are not open, and we fall into utter confusion and into a life of turmoil and strife. He continues to give us more chances to take a new direction but man by nature is a mess and does not want to desire to be accountable to Him. How hard does it have to be? How lost do people have to get before they stop and ask for directions? It is all available by a simple choice. It’s right at your fingertips. Remember that God is merciful and loving.
Leap of Faith: Daily Lessons About Jesus Christ
Chapter: Sweat/Blood (Page 57)
Matthew 16:24-25 (nasb) says, “Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it.”
Matthew 10:38 (nasb) says, “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.”
Luke 14:27 (nasb) says, “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.”
In reference to sweat, after the Fall of man, God tells Adam that he will now have to work hard enough to cause sweat in order to get his food (Gen. 3:19). I believe that God encourages us to take care of our bodies as a temple. When we sweat we are able to release the worry and anxiety that we face in our daily lives. In a sense, we are also carrying our own cross in order to bear the burden of sin. Remember that when we recognize Jesus as the Stone that brings us life and truth, we know that he has been “treaded” upon by his enemies…Also the “briars” that were used to create a crown of thorns is an important piece of intelligence…This is part of understanding the crucifixion… (Reference the Chapter titled “The Stone”) This is very symbolic in the Bible. By striving to do God’s will in our work, whatever it might be, we are able to gain rewards from God that are heavenly. We begin to see those rewards in our every day lives by honoring God in all that we do. Honor God in the little things. Honor God in the things that people do not see, that are not obvious. God sees it all. A little effort will help a great deal.
“And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling to the ground…And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, and said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation…(example: the ways and nature of the world-false religion…) By praying God gives you discernment….and writing in order to dialogue with God…He expects this from each and every person…