Posts Tagged ‘bond slave’

Open My Ears – I Long to Hear!

May 23, 2020

1Samuel 3:10Then the LORD came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for Your servant is listening.”
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Psalm 40:6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but my ears you have pierced{opened}; burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.
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A Song:
Jesus draw near, draw near, draw near –He 10:22
Open my ears
For I long to hear. –1Sam 3:10

Fill me with Your Spirit Lord –Gal 5:25
To learn from You
Yoked with You to keep in step –Mt 11:29
I delight to do Your will! –Ps 40:6-8
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He who has ears to hear, let him hear! –Mt 11:15
{listen, understand and heed carefully }

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Exodus 21:2-6“If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, he shall go free, without paying anything. 3 If he comes alone, he is to go free alone; but if he has a wife when he comes, she is to go with him. 4 If his master gives him a wife and she bears him sons or daughters, the woman and her children shall belong to her master, and only the man shall go free.

5 “But if the servant declares, ‘I love my master and my wife and children and do not want to go free,’ 6 then his master must take him before the judges. He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life.
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You Are Not Your Own

November 9, 2014

Temple
Image from: www.365promises.com

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 AMP
19 Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own,
20 You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.

1 Corinthians 7:23 AMP
23 You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for by Christ]; then do not yield yourselves up to become [in your own estimation] slaves to men [but consider yourselves slaves to Christ].

A slave to Christ – a bond servant to Jesus. What does this mean?

Exodus 21:2-6 AMP
2 If you buy a Hebrew servant [as the result of debt or theft], he shall serve six years, and in the seventh he shall go out free, paying nothing.
3 If he came [to you] by himself, he shall go out by himself; if he came 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 [of your service] alone.
5 But if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go free,
6 Then his master shall bring him to God [the judges as His agents]; he shall bring him to the door or doorpost and shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him for life.

The law controlled slaves when slavery was a fact among the Israelites. There was a time limit of six years. After that, the slave was to go free. Then comes verse five; “But if the slave declares, ‘I love my master … and do not want to go free’, then his master must take him before the judges … and pierce his ear … then he will be his servant for life.

The bondservant willingly chooses to be a slave because of love for the “master”. This is a lifelong commitment.

The pierced ear became a symbol (sign) of permanent possession. After that there would never be any doubt as to who the bondservant belonged or served.

Related:
Pierced Ears
The Clash of Wills

Bow Your Ear

August 24, 2013

Isaiah 50:4The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.

From NetBible Isa 50:4

  • learned[03928] = taught, discipled, instructed
  • wakens[05782] = rouses, to be triumphant
    – from primitive root (rather identical with [05783] through the idea of opening the eyes)
  • to hear[08085] = listen(attentively) to obey, to perceive(intelligently) by ear

This sounds very similar to the instruction to bow your ear.

Bow your ear to hear and apply wisdom

From: Bow Your Ear{prayer}

Proverbs 5:1-2 AMP … My son, be attentive to my Wisdom [godly Wisdom learned by actual and costly experience], and incline your ear to my understanding [of what is becoming and prudent for you] … That you may exercise proper discrimination and discretion and your lips may guard and keep knowledge and the wise answer [to temptation].
KJV … bow thine ear

  • Bow your ear is the opposite of listening without application.
  • Bow you ear, humbly desire to hear and apply wisdom
    –> so that you may act with foresight & speak with insight!

Listening ears, ears that are bowed towards the Lord:

  • Listen like one being taught, discipled
  • Humbly desire to hear and apply the wisdom they hear
  • Intelligently perceive – eyes are opened
  • Yield an instructed tongue
  • Yield a word that sustains the weary

Proverbs 15:23 AMP … A man has joy in making an apt answer, and a word spoken at the right moment—how good it is!

Proverbs 22:17-19 AMP … Listen (consent and submit){Bow your ear} to the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge; For it will be pleasant{pleasing} if you keep them in your mind [believing them]; your lips will be accustomed to [confessing] them. So that your trust (belief, reliance, support, and confidence) may be in the Lord, I have made known these things to you today, even to you.

Proverbs 25:11-12 AMP … A word fitly spoken and in due season is like apples of gold in settings of silver. Like an earring or nose ring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise reprover to an ear that listens and obeys.

Related:
Apples of Gold{angelfire}
Pierced Ears{blog}
Bow Your Ear{prayer}

Pierced Ears

June 5, 2009

Psalm 40:6      Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but my ears you have pierced{opened}; burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.  

“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but my ears you have pierced …” Some versions use pierced and some use opened. Either way, I didn’t get the connection – what do offerings have to do with pierced ears? Looking in the concordance:

Exodus 21:2-6        “If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, he shall go free, without paying anything. 3 If he comes alone, he is to go free alone; but if he has a wife when he comes, she is to go with him. 4 If his master gives him a wife and she bears him sons or daughters, the woman and her children shall belong to her master, and only the man shall go free. 

 5 “But if the servant declares, ‘I love my master and my wife and children and do not want to go free,’ 6 then his master must take him before the judges. He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life.

The law controlled slaves when slavery was a fact among the Israelites. There was a time limit of six years. After that, the slave was to go free. Then comes verse five; “But if the slave declares, ‘I love my master … and do not want to go free’, then his master must take him before the judges … and pierce his ear … then he will be his servant for life.

The pierced ear became a symbol (sign) of permanent possession. After that there would never be any doubt as to whose he was and whom he served.

Psalm 40:7-8      Then I said, “Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me. 8I delight to do Your *will, O my God; Your Law is within my heart.”

In verse 8, the Hebrew the word  ratsown[07522] is translated *will . It literally means “a voluntary favor” and comes from a root meaning “to satisfy” as in a debt. Jesus wasn’t forced to die for us, He did so voluntarily.  Jesus willingly to gave His life in payment of our debt. It was His delight to do what pleased His Father.

So it seems that the psalmist is saying in effect that the Lord does not desire our gifts and services. He desires us. He desires us to commit ourselves whole heartedly to Him because we love him and want to belong to Him. His desire is that we delight to do His will and treasure His word in our hearts. 

He in turn would have us desire Him, not just His gifts or what He can do for us. Our gifts to Him, and His to us, follow love based on personal relationship. For without this love, all gifts are meaningless.

Psalm 119:11    Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You.

Proverbs 22:17-19      Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge. For it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips. So that your trust may be in the LORD.

Psalm 19:14      May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

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Related:
Make Music in Your Heart!
Bow Your Ear