Exodus 21:1-6 Now these are the judgments which you shall set before them:
2 If you buy a Hebrew servant, he shall serve six years; and in the seventh he shall go out free and pay nothing.
3 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.
4 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 himself.
5 But if the servant plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free,’
6 then 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.
I pick this scripture because it shares key insights into how slaves were treated in the Hebrew tradition as set by God’s law. As we have been redeemed as well by God, so have we become bondservants of Christ, delivered from slavery under the curse of the law. It highlights some key spiritual nuggets that we should look into and understand.
Verse 3 and 4 specifically say that if the slave came with a wife, he is free to leave with his wife, however if the master provided him with a wife, the slave should leave his wife and children when he leaves. One of the most important aspects of the law is that all things we earned and acquired through the law are not always redeemed when we have received redemption. I have met many people who have received redemption in the word but even though they have received freedom their finances, children, family etc are still under enslavement.
There is a clear distinction between you and your possessions. As you were under the law, once you have been redeemed you can still leave your possessions in the hold of curses and failure. Others have sacrificed their own freedom so they can remain with their possessions (Verse 5 and 6) and they have chosen to be enslaved forever. I want you to understand that freedom is a choice. Christ has given us redemption but you can choose to be under the law and to stand accused, you can choose to leave your finances in the grasp of the enemy and even surrender your destiny to Him or you can take everything you have and choose to bring it all with you into the law of the spirit. I have met many Christians who are saved but some areas of their lives show tragic enslavement. Many spirit filled children of God that are truly blood washed and redeemed but their health has never been redeemed, their finances are bound, their destinies are owned by the enemy and years later nothing ever changes. Part of the ministry of deliverance is keenly about redeeming things we left in the old master’s house and bringing them into the new design of God.
What areas of your life are still unredeemed? Is your freedom limited in certain places?
Have you surrendered a part of your life into control by the enemy? Next week’s devotional will begin to unravel the journey of freedom