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The Bondslave

June 11, 2015

 

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The Bondslave

These days,  people frown  on the concept  of slavery.     But,  that does not give  a whole picture  of slavery through the ages.     In the Old Testament,  a Hebrew slave,  who was made a slave  for whatever reason,  had to serve his master  for six years  and be set free  in the seventh year.     But,  if he loved his master  and wanted  to continue serving him,  his ear was pierced  before God  and he became  a permanent slave.     ( Exodus 21:1-6 )

The idea was one  of serving another person.     Jesus became God’s Servant  to serve  as our Savior.   ( Isaiah 42:1 )     Throughout the Old Testament  people referred  to themselves  as God’s servants.     Even Mary,  the mother of Jesus,  responded  to the angel’s message  as God’s servant  in Luke 1:38,  saying,

Behold,  the bondslave  of the Lord;  may it be done  to me  according to  your word.

As Jesus served the LORD  in this earthly life,  He refused  to serve Satan  in any way,  and said  in Matthew 4:10,

Go, Satan!     For it is written,  ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP  THE LORD  YOUR GOD,  AND SERVE HIM  ONLY.’

We all  serve someone  —  whether it be God  or Satan  and the things  of this world.     As the word  “serve”  is used  in the Bible,  it can be used regarding slaves  or freemen.     The writers  of the Bible  often referred  to themselves  as God’s servants  or bondslaves,  because their hearts  were bound  to God  in faith,  hope,  and love.

So,  who or what  do we serve?     Love  makes all the difference.

Revelation 22:3 describes a bit  of heaven  by saying,

There will no longer  be any curse;  and the throne  of God  and of the Lamb  will be  in it,  and His bond-servants  will serve Him.

As we long  to be  in that number,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD Jesus,  what a joy  it is  to serve You  as You have served us  with a free salvation  through Your blood.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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