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God intended for his people to be free. Once the exodus from Egypt occurred, God set out the law. After the law was set out, God had some other issues for his people. He wanted them to remember not to make idols, not to build alters that make the alter the object of worship. He also wanted to make sure that when his people were enslaved that the hope of freedom always loomed.
God set a term of 6 years for enslaving one of his chosen. On the seventh year, a slave was feed as if he had never been enslaved. If he was married when he was enslaved, he and his wife would be free. If he married after–only he could be freed. If he loved his master and wanted to stay with him or with his family he could become a bond servant. As a bond servant, he would be committed as a slave for life, but, it would be as a family honor and treasure, not simply as a slave. The idea was that he would live free even as a slave.
The irony is that is what we become as “all-in” servants of God. We make a commitment to submit to him as Lord of our lives and he accepts us forever as family and treasure. The commitment becomes two way and lasts forever. The great news for us is– as bond servants to God the father, we receive the right to become children of God. ( John 1:12). In our submission to God, he frees us to be joint heirs with Christ. There is no better relationship for us as bondservants; and, there is no better picture of faith than the freeman that chooses to submit to a loving Lord and master!
God Bless You
“If you buy a Hebrew slave, he may serve for no more than six years. Set him free in the seventh year, and he will owe you nothing for his freedom. 3 If he was single when he became your slave, he shall leave single. But if he was married before he became a slave, then his wife must be freed with him.
4 “If his master gave him a wife while he was a slave and they had sons or daughters, then only the man will be free in the seventh year, but his wife and children will still belong to his master. 5 But the slave may declare, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children. I don’t want to go free.’ 6 If he does this, his master must present him before God.[a] Then his master must take him to the door or doorpost and publicly pierce his ear with an awl. After that, the slave will serve his master for life.