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Old 02-19-2020, 10:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Col. Colt View Post
M Yaworski, God did not create slavery, or war. Man did. It was, however, the accepted consequence for losing a war - frequently due to the weakness created by ignoring God's laws - just ask the Jews who went into captivity in Babylon and Egypt each time they turned away from their God and worshiped other Gods. (Our Gods today seem to be money, power, lust and pleasure - not so different than what motivated the Hebrews to stray.) Slavery was a punishment for bad behavior - usually from moral/spiritual weakness - and it still is today - in your life and mine. Many people are right now, slaves to alcohol, sex, drugs or other pleasures of the flesh - and they worship them, not the Almighty - and it wrecks them, their families and their lives. "Nothing is new, under the Sun". Who or what do you worship, Sir?

Just a note as a reminder that in ancient times slavery was often voluntary as a bond servant...


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A bondservant is a slave. In some Bibles the word bondservant is the translation of the Greek
word doulos, which means “one who is subservient to, and entirely at the disposal of, his master;
a slave.” Other translations use the word slave or servant.

In Roman times, the term bondservant or slave could refer to someone who voluntarily served others.
But it usually referred to one who was held in a permanent position of servitude. Under Roman law, a
bondservant was considered the owner’s personal property. Slaves essentially had no rights and could
even be killed with impunity by their owners.

The Hebrew word for “bondservant,” ‘ebed, had a similar connotation. However, the Mosaic Law allowed
an indentured servant to become a bondservant voluntarily: “If the servant declares, ‘I love my master
and my wife and children and do not want to go free,’ then his master must take him before the judges.

He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant
for life” (Exodus 21:5-6).

During the time of Jesus and the first-century church, as much as one third of the Roman population were
slaves, and another third had been slaves earlier in life. It was common for freeborn men and women to work
side-by-side with slaves as street sweepers, dockworkers, doctors, teachers, and business managers.

Convicted criminals became bondservants of the state and usually died working in the mines or on galleys.

Historical records reveal that it was not unusual for Jews to own slaves during the New Testament period.

Jesus taught that the greatest in God’s kingdom would have to become “the servant of all” (Mark 9:35).

Such a concept was unthinkable to a Roman citizen, who prided himself in his freedom and would
never identify himself as a bondservant.


But Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36), and the selfish values of earth are of no consequence
in heaven.
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