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Read Your Bible Devotional
Read Your Bible Devotional

Episode 34 · 1 year ago

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Read Your Bible Devotional with Pastor Brad Reynolds.

Hello and welcome to read Your Bible devotional with Pastor Brad Reynolds. We are reading through the Bible in a year. This daily devotional will help keep your heart in mind and God's word. Use your phone to download and listen to Pastor Brad Reynolds Audio podcast. You can find a RSS feed link on our website, www dot do berry baptist clarksbridgecom in college I worked for a man roofing company. He owned the Roofing Company and I'll work for him and we became good for ends. We were good acquaintances before I work for him, but for the years I worked in college in the evenings would work for him and roofing and we spend a lot of hours measuring roofs, calculating. If...

...a thunderstorm would come through and Hale would come over, he would say hey, meet me in Allen Texas. That'd be on my way back from the college and would meet there in Allen around three or four and we just go house to house and we'd spend a lot of time together with eat would visit. By the end the four years of working with him, I didn't seem as my employer anymore. I saw him as a friend. Started as an employer employee relationship, but by the end we were family. It was a great relationship. He's in glory now, but I'll never forget it. Such a change in relationship, as also seen here in Exodus Chapter Twenty one. We're making our way through the book of Exodus. Are Reading for today is chapters twenty one through twenty four, and I'm going to read out of Exodus...

Chapter Twenty one, verses one through six. Now these are the rules that you shall set before them. When you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve six years and in the seventh he shall go free for nothing. If he comes in single, he shall go out single. If he comes in married, then his wife shall go out with it. If his master gives him a wife and she bears him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be our master's and he shall go out alone. But if the slave plainly says I love my master, wife my children, I will not go out free, then as master shall bring him to God, shall bring him to the door of the door bows and as master, shall board his ear through with an all and he shall be his slave forever. God never...

...condones slavery. Never such strikes at the heart of the Gospel itself. However. We see in the Old Testament that the culture was one where slavery was practiced. God didn't condone it, but that was the culture. But the type of slavery we see in the Old Testament is a slavery which is totally foreign to modern Western culture. That God permitted the type of slavery mentioned in the Old Testament primarily to help the poor survive. In fact, they were to be set free and, according to the limit of the law, given gifts to help them have a successful life after six years. And so God is contiderry. Never condoned slavery. He never says it's okay, he permitted...

...it. But even in his permission he says I to help them during times of hardships, where they fall on starvation, they can and sell themselves into slavery, but only for six years. Let them get back on their feet and then after six years you're going to let him go free, and when they go free you're to give them gifts so that they can be successful. Families were also permitted to sell slave members, to sell family members into slavery to prevent starvation. In a sinsane world, such was permitted. However, there were numerous old testament protections for slaves to prevent mistreatment and abuse. Further, and of great importance to our reading, Hebrew slaves again were to be set free after six years. However, if, after six years of service,...

...the slave decided that he hasn't better with his master than by himself, then he could willingly indenture himself to his master for life. He could willingly become most known as a bond servant. I bond my service to you for life. Obviously, this would only take place if the servant came to realize that his master protected him better than he could protect himself, that is, master provided for him better then he could provide for himself. When one realize that, then one could adventure himself, but it would have to be in such a way that he felt like family. That he started with this master...

...servant relationship, but over these six years his master's been so good to him that he's developed a friendship, a relationship, almost a family, with the master. It's reminds us of what Jesus told his disciples about their relationship with him in John Fifteen. Fifteen Jesus said, I no longer call you sirs. Instead, I call you friends. Paul himself would refer to himself as a Bond Servant of Jesus Christ. Paul would willingly indenture himself to live for life to Jesus Christ. Why? It's the same reason they would in the...

Old Testament. What a powerful passage this is. I know my master, my master can protect me better than I can protect myself. I know my master, my master can provide for me better than I can provide for myself. I know my master. My master's good too, and I'm like family to me. I indenture myself to my master. What an incredible testimony and what an amazing God I am. Is I've given myself freely to him for life. Jesus is my master, and yet, as we grow in our relationship, we can say and he's my friend. In fact, there's a...

...hymn that reminds us of that to him, called we have a friend in Jesus. I want to just say some of these words to I've found a friend in Jesus. He's everything to me. He's the fairest of ten thousand to my soul, the lily of the valley. In him alone I see all I need to cleanse and make me fully hope in sorrow. He's my comfort in trouble. He's my stay. He tells me every care on him to room. He all my griefs have taken and all my sorrows born in...

...temptation. He's my strong and mighty tower. I have all for him forsaken and all my idols torn from my heart, and now he keeps me by his power. Though all the world forsake me and Satan Tim Me Sore, through Jesus I shall safely reach the gold. He will never, never leave me, nor yet forsake me here, while I live by faith and do his blessed will, a wall of fire about me, I have nothing now to fear from his manner. He my hungry soul shall feel then sweeping up...

...to glory to see his blessed face, where the rivers of delight shall ever row. He's the lily of the valley, bride and Morning Star, he's the fairest of ten Tho to my soul. What a friend, what a savior, what a God, God amazing. Maybe today you just want to say God again. I confess you take better care of me than I can take care of myself. You provide for me better than I can provide for myself. You protect me better than I can protect myself. And God, I entered my relationship with you as my God and Lord and Savior. Today...

I can call you my friend, my best friend, the one I love more than anyone else. What a great God we serve. A great lesson from the book of Exodus on this bond servant what God intended. As we become a servant to God, we also become a friend with God. Well, I want to encourage as we continue reading through exodus to prepare for tomorrow's lesson, will be in Exodus Chapter Twenty five through twenty seven, but I want to pray for you before we go. Father Again, we thank you so much for this amazing lesson, a reminder from the pages of scripture that you take better care of us and we can take care of ourselves. You're such a good God and all of us entered this relationship with you saying you're...

...my God, you're my Lord, I'll do whatever you want, I'm your servant. Yet in this relationship we have with you, we've found that you're so much more just. You're our closest bring and all the world thank you for them. May We never forgim in Jesus. Thank you for being with us today. I'll see you back tomorrow.

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