Respecting Life (Exodus 21)

21 “Now these are the rules that you shall set before them. When you buy a Hebrew slave,[a] he shall serve six years, and in the seventh he shall go out free, for nothing, Exodus 21:1-2

Last Friday morning I assumed my position for the last time for VBS 2019.  Pastor Nate and I had the wonderful assignment of welcoming the kids at the front door.  Each morning and each afternoon we greeted welcome and each afternoon we gave well wishes and said, please come again.

The kids who came were from all walks of life.  Some were happy and some were not.  Some were from rich families and some were not.  The deal was clear for me, God loves all people (John 3:16).  He loved all people so much that Jesus came to redeem each of them and He came to redeem you and I (Rom. 10:13).

As we come to Exodus 21, the question comes, does God really love all people?  Even deeper, if God loves all people why did he give rules for slavery?  Why did he not such say, “stop it.”

Here is the deal, Exodus 21 gives rules to people in regard to where they are in life.  God says, “Respect all people. ”  Let me pull three examples from the text:

  • If a person came to a wealthy person and said, I want to sell myself into your service (i.e. slave), God says, they can only serve for six years and you must set them free from their service unless they want to stay longer.
  • If a person was a slave, God says, do not mistreat them.
  • If a person was hurt by an animal, the animal was to be destroyed.  God values people above all things.

These laws given by God were not to promote slavery but to protect those who found themselves in difficult places.  It would be Christ who would come and give His life for all who are in difficult places.  Luke 4:18-19

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
    and recovering of sight to the blind,
    to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Question:  Do you need God’s love today?  Cry out to Him, “Lord save me.”

Question: Do you love all people the way Jesus loves all people?

True Christians do not focus on the color of someone’s skin they focus on the condition of the heart.  True Christians do not focus on someone’s economic status, they focus on their eternal soul.

I know this is a long blog today, but I want to tell the story of one little girl.  On Wednesday she prayed to receive Jesus as her Lord and Savior.  The very next morning she came to me at the front door and she said, at the end today I want to talk with you.  At lunch time she ran up to me and asked, When can I be baptized?  I responded, why do you want to be baptized?  She said, Jesus said I should and I want to do what Jesus told me to do.

I am so glad, our Lord taught us to respect all people, without this respect I would not have shared the gospel with this little girl. And without respect she would have never heard the good news, God loves all people.

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