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The Mark Of A Servant (1 of 4)
Series: Servants of Christ
One night a teenage girl brought her new boyfriend home to meet her parents, and they were appalled by his appearance: leather jacket, motorcycle boots, tattoos and pierced nose.
Later, the parents pulled their daughter aside and confessed their concern.
"Dear," said the mother diplomatically, "he doesn't seem very nice."
"Oh, Mom," replied the daughter, "if he wasn't nice, why would he be doing 500 hours of community service?"
APPLY: Now, why was this guy doing 500 hours of community service?
Because he probably WASN'T very nice.
He was NOT the kind of boy - this mother wanted her girl going out with.
That mother was right!
And how did she know he wasn't the right guy for her daughter?
Because of… his markings.
Now, in our text this morning, we're reading about an entirely different kind of "marking. Deuteronomy describes a marking that only special people had.
"If a fellow Hebrew, a man or woman, sells himself to you and serves you six years, in the seventh year you must let him go free. And when you release him, do not send him away empty-handed. Supply him liberally from your flock, your threshing-floor and your winepress. Give to him as the LORD your God has blessed you.
Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you. That is why I give you this command today. But if your servant says to you, "I do not want to leave you," because he loves you and your family and is well off with you, then take an awl and push it through his ear lobe into the door, and he will become your servant for life. Do the same for your maidservant." Deuteronomy 15:12-17
In our society, a person who gets into financial trouble goes on Welfare. But in early Israel, they had a little different kind of Welfare.
• 1st, God demanded that His people have compassion on the poor and help them.
• Then, He commanded that a certain portion of ...
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