Slavery is illegal
In the modern world slavery is not only considered derogatory but also illegal. The Bible never promotes slavery. Wherever Christianity has reached, it led to the abolishment of slavery.
World slavery statistics
As I was doing a research for this post I discovered this website, Free the slaves. I was shocked to learn that there are 40 million slaves around the globe. I was under impression that slavery has been eradicated, but I was wrong. They are enslaved in different types of slavery.
We have a role
The website also says something stunning, “We all have a role to play in bringing slavery to an end. Although there are more people in slavery today than ever before, slavery represents the smallest percentage of the world’s population than at any other time in history.” (Source: Free the slaves)
No conflict of interest
We all can make a difference to end this slavery by doing our best. I am not promoting this website. I have no vested interest in the activities of the organisation. But I want to appreciate their valuable efforts to create awareness about it and finding some solutions to this important matter.
In the Bible, God also commanded Jews to end the slavery in their own land. Most probably due to the recession, some Jews turned themselves into slavery. God didn’t permit to continue this beyond six consecutive years. In the seventh year he should be released from the slavery. (Deuteronomy 15:12)
Deuteronomy 15:13-14 NASBS
When you set him free, you shall not send him away empty-handed.  You shall furnish him liberally from your flock and from your threshing floor and from your wine vat; you shall give to him as the LORD your God has blessed you.
Send him full
God said, “don’t send the slave empty handed. Give him liberally from all your belongings.” It looks as though this slave should never have to be anyone’s slave for the rest of his life. God was so mindful to abolish slavery is Israel.
There was this peculiar law, that in the event of some slave doesn’t want to leave his master. The law allowed him to remain with his master provided he followed certain ritual. Tge ritual was an ear piercing ritual with an awl.
Deuteronomy 15:16-17 NASBS
It shall come about if he says to you, ‘I will not go out from you,’ because he loves you and your household, since he fares well with you;  then you shall take an awl and pierce it through his ear into the door, and he shall be your servant forever. Also you shall do likewise to your maidservant.
The slave found his master so loving and caring that he decided to stay as his slave for the rest of his life. The slave loves his master very much. This slavery is made permanent slave by the mark on his ear. This mark (scar or a hole) in his ear was a reminder that he is a permanent slave of his master. What a great sign of commitment and dedication of a slave for his own master.
How are you serving?
Today we may not be anyone’s slave yet we can become servant. Who are you serving today? We can serve God and human beings. Are we committed to serve others and God with such a kind of love?
May God help you and me to serve him and others in the same spirit of the slave who loved his master so much that he was willing to stay with him forever.
God bless you.
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