What is it to be a SLAVE unto Him?

Posted: December 29, 2012 in Uncategorized
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What is it to be a slave unto him, such a fitting title? What is it to be a slave unto him? What is a slave?
SLAVE, SLAVERY (Heb. ‘evade, servant, slave, Gr. doulos, bondslave, servant). While the Hebrew and Greek words are very common in the Bible, the English word slave is found only twice (Jer 2:14; Rev 18:13), and the word slavery does not occur at all in KJV, because both the Hebrew and the Greek word involved are more often rendered “servant.”
Among the Hebrews, slaves could be acquired in a number of ways: as prisoners of war (Num 31:7-9), by purchase (Lev 25:44), by gift (Gen 29:24), by accepting a person in lieu of a debt (Lev 25:39), by birth from slaves already possessed (Exod 21:4), by arrest if the thief had nothing to pay for the object stolen (22:2-3), and by the voluntary decision of the person wanting to be a slave (21:6). Slaves among the Hebrews were more kindly treated than slaves among other nations, since the Mosaic Law laid down rules governing their treatment. They could gain their freedom in a number of ways (Exod 21:2-27; Lev 25:25 ff.; Deut 15:12-23). Slavery continued in NT times, but the love of Christ seemed to militate against its continued existence (Eph 6:5-9; Gal 3:28).
Within the scripture the Father refers to us as slaves, servants, or friends. This is an amazing contrast to what blacks had to endure for 400 years. If only the oppressors had read the plain teachings of the Bible.
In this lesson we will deal with the subject of what is it to be a slave unto him as well as what he requires from us; not expect! We will also look at the relationship between law and sin. This is a lesson I’ve never heard spoken or taught.
This teaching or lesson will change your perspective and thinking of about your relationship.

Our Lord gave us an example that we refer to as the foot washing attitude. Jn 13:5-17
Foot washing is a well known practice. It was a courtesy shown to guest in their homes. It was necessary because of the dusty roads. The Messiah practiced what he taught in Mk 10:43-44 that the greatest must be a servant.
How does this relate to us as followers? During our reign of fun for a season we realized at some point something was wrong in our life. At that time we wanted a relationship not religion. You realize he accepts you; you repent and allow him in your life. You are now cleansed by the blood; at that point you sign and give your life up. You are now bought with a price. During the transformation you’ve become a slave or servant or friend to him and his word. You gave up all your legal rights. This is what most believers do not understand, you don’t just become born anew and that’s it. There is more involved, the Father has written a blue print for our lives; in other words a legal binding contract. What is the contract?
Slavery differed from what took place in history compared to what the Bible says. Slavery in the modern world was purely based on domination and economics. Problems with the so called Forefathers were that the missionaries were not pure in their intentions. The Forefathers used the Bible in a manipulative way. Due to manipulating and taking away from the scripture they have left a stain on the world that can never be removed or remedied. The same as God winks at ignorance he must have winked at slavery. Slavery in itself did exist. Slaves were acquired as prisoners of war, purchases, gifts, debt, birth, arrest if payment for stolen items couldn’t be paid for. The Mosiac Law laid down rules for treatment of slaves. The practice continued in the NT. Love eradicated the practice Eph6:5-9, Gal3:28
Slavery was used to control the human spirit. When you control the human spirit you control their entire being. The best tool for doing that is lifting the scriptures out context for further ones agenda. To further your understanding of this issue in which I personally believe Christopher Columbus, the missionaries, were agents of evil. Their history has been well documented from rape, murder and many other atrocities. Read a great work-The Dark Side of Christian History by Helen Ellerbe.
Notice the Father calls this a covenant. Covenant-Law, a formal agreement that is legal, especially one under the seal, legal contract. As I stated earlier we are under a contract, to break this contract is a severe penalty.
1Cor 6:19-20 What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of god, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
1Cor 7:23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
Rev 3:15-16 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
When we deal with the subject of the law it adds a wrinkle to the face of many. Thoughts of “here we go again”, creeps in the minds of those who say it was done away with. Why all the petratude for the word? Let’s take a look at the most basic of the law, the 10 commandments. Everyone thinks, fine the 10 suggestions. Why? The fourth is the sticking point; the Sabbath and keeping it holy. I know their many schools of thought pertaining to this issue. I will dispel a few.
One of the biggest problems we face is we think the Bible is an American book. Sorry, it isn’t. Remember the words of the Messiah.
Matt 15:24 I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Isreal.
Remember, God’s plan was to offer salvation firstly to the Jews then the Gentiles.
Jewish New Testament Commentary pg. 53 Yeshua’s personal mission prior to his death and resurrection was only to the Jews, God’s people. After the Holy Spirit was given, the gospel would reach gentiles even in “the farthest parts of the earth” (Ac 1:8), who would be grafted into Israel through the Messiah (Rom 11:16-24)
With basic understanding to the scripture we have to look at whom it was by and for. What is sin? Most people answer that as anything that is against God. While that could be true it is not a satisfactory answer; what do the scriptures say?
JNT 1Jn 3:4 Everyone who keeps sinning is violating torah(law)-indeed, sin is violation of Torah(law). This scripture alone deals with what sin is. So what is so wrong with following what the simple teaching is? How is it that so many have gotten so far away from his teachings to create their own doctrines?
Simply put the law teaches us how to live. The definition of the word law clearly means teaching. The law has two roles educational and judicial. This is an excerpt taken from a teaching by Vance Stinson-Paul and the Law.
The law, then, has two roles:
First, it is our instructor (the educative role), revealing to us God’s way of life-the path he desires that we follow. It expresses the goo and perfect will of God, not only explicitly through its many commandments, statutes, and judgment, but implicitly through the creational and historical narratives. Second, the law acts as our custodian (the judicial role), but only until we come to conversion through faith in Christ. By indentifying us as sinners and demanding punishment for our sins, the law holds us in custody. Knowledge of the law’s high standards increases our moral awareness and personal responsibility, thus eliminating ignorance as an excuse. Now, sin becomes exceedingly sinful. But when we come to conversion through faith in Christ, the law’s role as custodian is abolished. No longer can the law demand our death, for God has declared us “Not guilty!” No longer can the law declare us transgressors, for the record of our sins has been blotted out. The curse of the law has been removed (Galatians 3:13). The Messiah himself states JNT Matt 5:17-19 “Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah(law) or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete. Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud(smallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet) or a stroke will pass from the Torah(law)-not until everything that must happen has happened. So whoever disobeys the least of these Mitzvot(commandments) and teaches other to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
God gave his word to his chosen people. How can we be so cavalier to come in and change his teaching? We are called to follow as freemen in God’s eyes 1Cor 7:22-23.
The law is the most important element to convict the sinner; but the law cannot save. Grace is what gives the person the ability to repent of his unrighteousness. Grace also gives us the ability to live holy before a Holy Father Heb 12:14, Math 5:48. As mentioned law and grace both differ but they work together.
In writing this my first thought was the disciplines in religion. When I look at Islam, I thought about legalism, the prayer rug, the Sabbath. When I looked at Judaism I thought basically the same thing. What mostly pressed on my mind was how Islam mirrored Judaism, the strict code of ethics as well as life style. I thought to myself again. Why is religion so loose, I then had to look at myself and my disciplines and where I am in my personal walk? God offers freedoms according to our level of maturity pertaining to his word. So a man thinketh so is he, how do we look at the situation.
The Father has given us a blue print to live by. He’s given us all the tools we will ever need. He’s given us his law as well as grace. If we chose to live rigorous life styles that’s fine, the problem we can’t place our personal convictions on others. WE all learn and understand at different paces in our lives and our walk.
The law is the most important teaching within a believer’s life. It gives us knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. It teaches us how to stand upright. The law is the revelation of the will that we must forever endure Ps 119:89, 111:7-8
1. The law is the standard which men will be judged Rom 2:12-16
2. Faith is needed in keeping his law Heb 11:6, Rom 14:23
3. Fear the Father and keep his commandments Eccl 12:13
4. Obedience is commanded, without your praise and worship is an abomination to him 1Jn5:3, Prv28:9.


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