Throughout time, slavery has been one of the greatest evils to plague nations! Many times God’s people were forced to live within cultures where this heinous practice was widely accepted. But within this passage, we see a glimpse of God’s perspective regarding slavery.
1. God is on the side of freedom.
Deut. 23:15-16 “Thou shalt not deliver unto his master the servant which is escaped from his master unto thee:”
2. The Golden Rule applies to all people.
“He shall dwell with thee, even among you, in that place which he shall choose in one of thy gates, where it liketh him best:”
3. God is no respecter of classes.
“thou shalt not oppress him.”
LESSON - Ex. 21:16 further clarifies God’s perspective on the matter, “And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.” This should also be applied to all forms of slavery. When nations select specific groups for either privilege or persecution, they remove themselves from the heart of God’s command found in Rom. 12:9-10 “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another” Let’s return to the practice of putting “Other’s first”!