by Christopher Harbin

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Forty-Third Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Deuteronomy 23:15-16

''When runaway slaves from other countries come to Israel and ask for protection, you must not hand them back to their owners. Instead, you must let them choose which one of your towns they want to live in. Don't be cruel to runaway slaves.'' Deuteronomy 23:15-16

There is so much to unpack in these two verses. While the text does not rule out slavery as we might want it to do, it deals with issues of justice, mercy, and redemption in the midst of economic structures that include slavery. It also registers that Yahweh did not want Israel to treat runaway slaves according to the societal norms of the day. They were to be accepted into the nation alongside the descendants of Abraham and apparently on equal footing.


Forty-Fourth Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Matthew 24:46-47

''Servants are fortunate if their master comes and finds them doing their job. You may be sure that a servant who is always faithful will be put in charge of everything the master owns.'' Matthew 24:46-47

Faithfulness is what we are called to. God establishes responsibilities for us to fulfill and expects us to do more than simply sing praise songs and call Jesus ''Lord.'' We are to live up to the responsibilities set before us as emissaries of God's justice, love, and grace.

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