August 29, 2014
(All scripture is from the New King James Version unless otherwise indicated.)
Exodus 21:2 through 6 is God’s instruction for Israelite servants who decide not to go free after six years of service to their master, but to “…serve him forever.” Here, again, is Exodus 21:2 through 6:
If you buy a Hebrew servant, he shall serve six years; and in the seventh he
shall go out free and pay nothing. If he comes in by himself, he shall go out
by himself; if he comes in married, then his wife shall go out with him. If
his master has given him a wife, and she has borne him sons or daughters,
the wife and her children shall be her master’s, and he shall go out by him-
self. But if the servant plainly says, “I love my master, my wife, and my
children; I will not go out free,” his master shall bring him to the judges.
He shall also bring him to the door, or to the doorpost; and his master shall
pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him forever.
We have looked at the reasons why the servant “…plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife and my children; I will not go out free…’ ”:
• He loves his master – because, apparently, the master loves him.
• The master has given him a good wife.
• There are many other benefits the master has given the servant – not listed here but implied.
And we have seen the curious procedure that is to take place to signify that the servant “…shall serve him forever.”
• Such a desire must be stated publicly – “…the servant plainly says…” – and officially – “…his master shall bring him to the judges.” (This latter point we have not mentioned in our four previous blogs on the subject).
• “He shall also bring him to the door, or to the doorpost; and his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him forever.” This was a large awl, and left a telltale mark – the mark of the master – on the ear of the servant.
Something I had never before thought about, but that Pastor Wayne Ayer – our Patterson Grove Campmeeting evangelist – pointed out: this is the second time in scripture that blood was on the doorway!
The first time is the night of Passover in Egypt. God’s specific instructions were given in Exodus 12:1-13. Here are verses 3, 6, 7, 12 and 13 – the condensed version!
…take…a lamb…kill it at twilight….And …take some of the blood and put it
on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses….It is the Lord’s Pass-
over. For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike
all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all
the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD….And when I
see the blood, I will pass over you.
God redeemed all Israel unto Himself – to be their Master, and they, His servants! Of course, this pointed forward to “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29) – the Lord Jesus Christ! It is only by His blood – shed on the cross – that our sins can be washed away!
Now that act of sacrifice by God Himself opened the way for us to be redeemed and reconciled unto Himself. He is the Master, we are His servants – and we are to be His servants forever, bearing His mark, the increasing manifestation of the Son of God in us and through us! Such service forever is because we love Him. Why? As it says in I John 4:19, “We love him, because He first loved us.” And He shows us that love by what it so plainly says in Psalm 68:19: “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation!” Salvation and abundant benefits! No wonder we are to love Him and serve Him forever!
Blood on the doorway:
• The first time is when God showed His great love and redeemed His people!
• The second time is when that love is returned by serving Him forever!
But I found a third time in the Bible that blood is on the doorway! In Monday’s blog we will examine that.