April 24, 2019

THE LAW CONCERNING SERVANTS

Now these are the judgments which you shall set before them:  If you buy a Hebrew servant, he shall serve six years; and in the seventh he shall go out free and pay nothing.  If he comes in by himself, he shall go out by himself; if he comes in married, then his wife shall go out with him.  If his master has given him a wife, and she has borne him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be her master’s, and he shall go out by himself.  But if the servant plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free,’  then his master shall bring him to the judges. He shall also bring him to the door, or to the doorpost, and his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him forever.(Exodus 21:1-6).

The verses above were continuation of the instruction given to the children of Israel on the Mount. This section deals with Hebrew servants and how to handle them . God is so loving that our relationship with our helpers (servants) is part of his concern. not willing that servants should be maltreated or held on to them for too long unless they desired to stay with their master out of love. This reminds me of Abraham who had above 300 servants that lived in his house and all of them were very useful to him. Masters are not supposed to lord over their servants but to treat them as they would treat their own children., God loves us to dwell together in unity, because we are all created in His image. One thing that stands out in the above scripture is that a man can decide to stay permanently with his master and in so doing , his ear will be pierced with an awl. So what we see today that has become a fashion has long been in practice to demarcate between those slaves who are temporary and those that are permanent. Does it mean we all have slave mentality or the memory of slavery was difficult to erase from our minds? When are we going to be free from slavery mentality? I believe we need to read the word of God to gain more insight into what God really wants for us. The fact that He went into all these areas is to let us know that He wants us to interact with ourselves in a way that is pleasing unto Him. .There is a lot we need to learn and so this explains why He is dealing with every minute detail of our lives. The next scripture reveals another unique part of His love for mankind. Let’s read:

And if a man sells his daughter to be a female slave, she shall not go out as the male slaves do.  If she does not please her master, who has betrothed her to himself, then he shall let her be redeemed. He shall have no right to sell her to a foreign people, since he has dealt deceitfully with her.  And if he has betrothed her to his son, he shall deal with her according to the custom of daughters.  If he takes another wife, he shall not diminish her food, her clothing, and her marriage rights.  And if he does not do these three for her, then she shall go out free, without paying money.(Exodus 21:7-11).

So a female slave could become a wife. This was what happened with Hagar. Sarah’s maid who had Ishmael for Abraham, and Rachel’s and  Leah’s maids who had children for Jacob.. God is God of mercy and love. The way we treat ourselves is not the same way He treats us. I could say without a doubt that God loves all of us the same way. He does not differentiate between sons, daughters and slaves. It is our behavior to one another that causes some conflict between us and God. May be that is why the bible says “Follow peace with all men”  Jesus as part of His sermon on the Mount says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,  that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.  For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?  And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?  Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:43-48).

Therefore let us look at people with the eyes of God, whatever religion they belong to, or whatever they have done to us, let us love them and pray for them. Let us allow God to pass His judgment on them Himself. The Lord will continue to make His way known to us as we continue to dig into His words in Jesus Name, Amen. Remain Blessed!!!

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