Ralph's Daily Devotional - Friday, May 18

The subject of slavery, justice and liberation extends far beyond the book of Exodus and deserves continued attention before proceeding with our study.  The Bible is often attacked as indifferent or tolerant towards slavery as noted here:

The best response to such criticism is that slavery was a fact of life in Biblical times.  The church never condoned brutality nor irresponsibility of masters toward their slaves.  Rather, both slaves and masters had one Lord (Ephesians 6:5-9, 1 Timothy 6:1-2, Colossians 4:1).  Paul envisioned a time when all men, and even nature itself, will be liberated from every type of bondage (Romans 8:20-25).  That will only come wuth the return of Christ.

As a precursor, Jesus said He had come to set the "captives free" (Luke 4:18).  Rather than seeking civil protest in which slaves are encouraged to revolt against their masters, The New Testament anticipates God 's people protesting injustice correctly as observed, for example, in the life of Rev. Martin Luther King.

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