Thursday, Sept. 3
There are different classes of servants in our world. We have chauffeurs, house maids, and golf caddies. They are paid and can rise to prominence. Then there are slaves who did not choose to be slaves and who are not honored in any way. They are “bonded”—legally bound by force. Escaping is not an option. They are owned by a “master.” They receive the absolute minimum for their efforts, just enough to keep them fit enough to serve. There’s another class of bond slaves, people who have been slaves and who were so well treated by their masters that they voluntarily chose to remain a slave for the rest of their lives (Ex. 21:5-6). These slaves sometimes rose to high positions. Eliezar was in charge of all of all Abraham’s affairs. Joseph became second only to Pharaoh. Daniel was second in command under both Babylonian and Persian kings. Nehemiah was a the chief butler for a Persian king. Paul uses slavery to describe what happens when a person is converted to Christ. It’s an exchange of masters—from being a bondslave of Satan to become a bondslave of Christ. And since it’s a choice we make, it’s like what is described in Ex. 21. This provision of the Law is no accident. It’s symbolic of the transaction that takes place at the cross. Blood seals the deal. So I am Christ’s bondservant. My becoming prominent is not the issue. Knowing that I’m a bondslave is. He owns me. I need to act like it. My comfort is immaterial. I’m expendable. And I can’t lose; He’s the loving and caring Master.