Saturday, November 27, 2021

God's Laws: Human Trafficking

Exodus 21:16
“And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.”

In today's world, where millions of children are being kidnapped and sold into slavery and used in sweatshops and as sex slaves and servants and for any other reason, this verse deals the consequence that such sin should incur.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

God's Laws: Consequences for Killing Someone

Exodus 21

12 He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death.

13 And if a man lie not in wait, but God deliver him into his hand; then I will appoint thee a place whither he shall flee.

14 But if a man come presumptuously upon his neighbour, to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him from mine altar, that he may die.

15 And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.

We have already been told that it is wrong to kill in Exodus 20:13. God has laid out consequences of such actions.

If you kill someone, you must die. Period. But, if you are acting in self defense, the sentence is still death, but God will provide a place of sanctuary for you. If you stay in the place that He has given for you as a sanctuary, you may survive. If you leave that place, the judges can take hold of you to exact punishment for your crime.

This is only good for self defense, not for sneaking up on someone and executing them.

And, you better NOT kill your parents for ANY reason.

God has provided us a sanctuary in the Lord Jesus Christ today. As long as we abide in Him, our sins -- our CRIMES -- are forgiven!

Saturday, November 13, 2021

God's Laws: Treatment of Daughters

Exodus 22:

7 And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do.

8 If she please not her master, who hath betrothed her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed: to sell her unto a strange nation he shall have no power, seeing he hath dealt deceitfully with her.

9 And if he have betrothed her unto his son, he shall deal with her after the manner of daughters.

10 If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish.

11 And if he do not these three unto her, then shall she go out free without money.

In Biblical days, sons and daughters were treated differently. If a man had children, he had servants for life.

If a man had a son, he had someone to leave his inheritance to. He had hope for the future of his family.

If a man had a daughter, he had a treasure that he could invest in. He could trade her for favors and connections that could benefit his family's future.

At any rate, the patriarch of the family ruled over his progeny. It didn't matter what country he lived in, his family was his to rule over and control. If you want to hurt a man, destroy his family.

Now days, at least here in the United States, things are different. The government has done everything possible to destroy the authority a family has over an individual. This may, at first glance, seem like a good thing in some ways, but is it how God intended it?

In this case, if a man owed a debt and decided to sell his daughter to the person he owed the debt to, then his daughter "belonged" to the person he sold her to for life.

She would be used in any manner a master saw fit to use her. If the master did not get on well with her, the man had the option of buying her back, but the master could not sell her to another nation. If the man did not buy her back, the daughter would have to suffer her fate in the master's hands, and that may not be good. So daughters who were sold into servanthood were taught from an early age to be the best servants they could be for anyone to avoid any future problems for the family.

If a master bought the daughter and then introduced her to his son for a future union, he was responsible to treat her as if she were his own daughter, not a servant that he gave away.

If the master chose to sexually use her, she was then to be treated as his wife. And if he married someone else, he was still to treat her as he would a wife, providing for her and allowing her to raise her children by him.

If a master buys the daughter of a debtor, and he doesn't sell her back to her father, give her to his son, or take to him as a wife, then she is to be set free to survive on her own. This can be a tricky situation for women, who only had one way of surviving back in those days, unless they begged on the streets and were able to somehow buy property of their own, which was mostly impossible.

In our neck of the woods, buying and selling servants is not allowed. So, if we were to edit this to our standard, here is how it would look:

If a man owed a debt but could not work for it, he could offer to let his daughter work out the debt for him.

If an employer accepted that offer, he could not contract her to another employer in order to work out his OWN debt. And, if a man were to somehow come into some money and was able to pay off his debt, she would be free from her contract.

If she and the employer's son fell in love and got married, she would not be under contract any longer, and she would then be a part of the employer's family.

If the employer married her, then he would treat her with the respect any wife deserves.

If the employer was not pleased with the work she was contracted to do, then he could tear up the contract and no one would owe him anything. At any rate, it is up to the employer whether to accept the deal.

Saturday, November 6, 2021

God's Laws: Treatment of Servants

Remember, servants aren't slaves. Servants are those who are working to pay off a debt. Or, servanthood can be voluntary.

God calls all of us to serve. We will never be able to pay off the debt that Jesus paid, which is why Jesus paid it.

In this case, God is speaking of those who are working to pay off a debt.

Any debt owed must be given six years work to pay off. In the seventh year, the servant is to be released, nothing owed. Free.

So, if someone is working for you in order to pay off a debt, you must NOT make him work more than six years for it. You must pursue the payment for six years, after that, you need to forgive whatever debt is owed over that and let him have piece of mind.

Exodus 21:

3 If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he were married, then his wife shall go out with him.

4 If his master have given him a wife, and she have born him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master's, and he shall go out by himself.

5 And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free:

6 Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever.

Back then, marriages were assigned. If they weren't assigned, there were traditional steps that had to be taken in order to occur. In this case, if a servant was already married, and he enters into servanthood, then his whole family is entered with him. When he leaves, his whole family leaves with him.

However, if he decides to marry his "boss's" daughter, then he cannot take her away from her family. He is married into that family for life. If he leaves, he leaves on his own. Whatever family he builds with his employer's family, he leaves behind. OR, he can stay and be part of that family for life.

Families are called to serve each other. It is your DUTY to serve your family first and above all!

1 Timothy 5:8

“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”

Saturday, October 23, 2021

What is the Difference between a Servant and a Slave?

In the Bible, there are very few times in which God's people owned slaves. However, there are MANY instances of them having servants.

A man or woman who was a servant was usually so because of a debt that was owed.

Today, if you work for an employer, it is because you are paying off a debt. Bills are forms of debt. If you are employed, then you are a servant.

As a servant - or employee - today, you have the opportunity to start your own business and be the boss, thus working your way out of servitude.

A slave has no hope of ever having freedom unless his master wills it. A slave's sole purpose is obedience, and that includes servitude.

A servant, on the other hand, can buy his freedom. A servant has the freedom to choose his master, in most cases. A servant can rise up to the master's level eventually, whereas a slave will never have such opportunity.

The Bible teaches us to be good servants. It teaches us how to serve God, and how serving man is vital to our service to God.

In Chapter 21 of Exodus, we will be talking about servitude, slavery, and women's roles in society, as well as women's rights in the Old Testament, and how that effects us today.

God is an All Natural God

Exodus 20:

24 An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.

25 And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.

26 Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.

If you want to get to know God well, all you have to do is read and get to know His laws.

God doesn't like fake. He doesn't like short cuts. And, He clings to morality. Everything is black or white when it comes to God. There is no grey area.

God would rather you go out and find a big rock somewhere and use it to pray on. He doesn't want fancy carved benches, altars made by expensive carpenters that sit in front of the pulpit at churches, or people who vainly climb to the tops of the steps to be seen. He doesn't like anyone to display their nakedness to the world. God created you naked, then covered your shame in the Garden for a reason.

Staying covered and hiding your nakedness means that you are ashamed of your sin. To display and bare all only allows others to see your sin and be influenced by it.

God wants you right where you are -- unedited, unadulterated, untarnished, unchipped, and yes, unworthy. He is the potter. HE wants you to be the clay!

Saturday, October 16, 2021

God's Laws #11: God doesn't need help

There are a lot more commandment than just the first ten that we all know and love. In these next posts, I will be expounding on them.

This verse, “Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold", seems to mirror the verses in Exodus 20:4-5, God's law #2.

However, upon closer inspection, I believe (I say "I believe" because it is not clearly stated in the Bible and I could be wrong, but I am believing that the Holy Spirit is guiding me here) that this is a warning to believers to keep in mind that God does not need help to be God.

There is nothing you can want, need or ask for that God cannot do by Himself, if He so chooses.

I believe this verse is telling us to trust God entirely.

If we decide to give God "help" by creating "things" to pray to or with, rather than going to the Most High and trusting Him alone with a one on one conversation through Christ Jesus, then we err. It is a sin, and we will be judged accordingly.