Topic: Freedom After Servitude [DCLM Daily Manna 14 June 2019 Daily Devotional]
Text: Deuteronomy 15:12-23 (KJV)
Key Verse: “And if thy brother, an Hebrew woman man or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee”(Deuteronomy 15:12).
Freedom is the desire and heart-cry of every living being. A slave freed by his master is given the absolute opportunity to express himself as a free citizen of the nation. No wonder there is continuous agitation for freedom in all nations and in every sphere of life. Unfortunately, many who are struggling and fighting for social, political and economic emancipation today are slaves to sin. True freedom comes from God.
The text spells out the law of servitude and the condition for freedom. The release of slaves in Israel was to be done every seven years. During this period, no Israelite must be enslaved permanently either because of debt or a rash decision, except by personal choice (verse 16). Those who willingly submitted themselves for perpetual service would have their ears bored as a sign of permanent servitude and commitment to their masters. Those released were to be sent out with adequate provision to live normal lives (verse 14).
The statutes given to Israel were to regulate their dealing with the less-privileged in the society. Hebrew slaves were treated as humans and not properties. The plan of God for those who are enslaved by the devil through so-called ancestral curses, bad habits, sins of smoking, drunkenness, fornication, immorality, drug abuse, lying, occultism, afflictions and sickness is to set them free. Christ Jesus paid the redemptive price so that all slaves to sin, Satan and sickness can be freed. Are you enslaved by perpetual bad habit, besetting sins, sickness, affliction, ancestral bondage? You can be free from any and every bondage today if you allow Christ to set you free. Christ has paid for your freedom. He is our sin-Bearer, our Healer, Sanctifier, Baptizer and coming King. Come to Him for total freedom from sin, self and Satan and enjoy the benefits of redemption.
Thought For The Day: Real freedom comes from Christ.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.