by Christopher Harbin

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NOTE: This sermon is part 23 and 24 of a 50 part devotional series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Twenty-Third Day (23 of 50)
Series: Easter Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Ephesians 6:5-7

‘‘Slaves, you must obey your earthly masters. Show them great respect and be as loyal to them as you are to Christ. Try to please them at all times, and not just when you think they are watching. You are slaves of Christ, so with your whole heart you must do what God wants you to do. Gladly serve your masters, as though they were the Lord himself, and not simply people.’’ Ephesians 6:5-7

Slavery in New Testament times was somewhat different than slavery as we picture it. Slaves had more rights and opportunities than in recent history. They were normally slaves for a specific period of time, more along the lines of indentured servants than slaves. They could gain property and earn an income. They could marry. They could free themselves. Slavery was then a matter of economics without the overtones of racism. Even so, slaves were still slaves. They were required to do their master’s bidding under threat of physical punishment. They were property, even if for a limited time.


Twenty-Fourth Day (24 of 50)
Series: Easter Devotional
Christopher Harbin
I Samuel 7:3

‘‘One day, Samuel told all the people of Israel, ‘If you really want to turn back to Yahweh, then prove it. Get rid of your foreign idols, including the ones of the goddess Astarte. Turn to Yahweh with all your heart and worship only him. Then he will rescue you from the Philistines.’’’ I Samuel 7:3

How long had it been? This theme seems to keep repeating itself like a broken record among every generation of the Hebrew people. It was Moses’ message upon crossing the Sea of Reeds. It was still Moses’ message while passing the torch to Joshua. They were Joshua’s words at the beginning and again at the close of his ministry. Throughout the period of the Judges, Samuel being the last, this had been the constant call to turn away from idols and embrace Yahweh as the only God worthy of worship. Samuel would not be the last to issue this call.
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