Then Adonai said, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their slave masters, for I know their pains. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, to bring them up out of that land into a good and large land, a land flowing with milk and honey…”
The Jewish people had been slaves to Egypt for hundreds of years. They were forced to labor for Pharaoh who had no regard for their own wellbeing. They didn’t matter to Pharaoh except as tools to accomplish his purposes and increase his fame.
We tend to think that slavery is a thing of the past, but the world is growing more aware of present day slavery enacted by evil militias and the human trafficking industry. The suffering of slavery is cruel, crushing, and life-draining. A slave has no power to free himself.
There’s another kind of slavery that is rarely mentioned. So stealthy is this enslavement that the world, for the most part, doesn’t even recognize it. Yet its affliction bears not only earthly suffering but eternal consequences.
Yeshua answered them, “Amen, amen I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.”
We may not often realize it, but before we came to faith in Yeshua (Jesus), we were slaves to sin. When sin entered the world through Adam, it became part of all of us. We became slaves to it, destined for an eternity apart from God. As slaves, we possessed no power to free ourselves from captivity to sin.
Just as God delivered the Jewish people from slavery to Pharaoh, Yeshua―through His sacrifice―offers deliverance from slavery to sin. By the sacrifice of His blood, He freed us from our sins to live an abundant and eternal life.
…Messiah Yeshua, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood.
Yeshua, how can I adequately thank You for freeing me from slavery to sin and its eternal consequences? Not only have you set me free from an eternal destiny apart from You, but You have freed me to live a godly life here and now through Your Spirit who You have given to dwell in me (Romans 8:11). I can live the life You intended for me – one of joy, peace, love, and light – because You freed me from slavery to sin. Thank You!
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