Thursday, March 26, 2015

Who's Slave are You?

 As a speaker/teacher I pray about each  event.  I was so excited to be speaking at  Quidnessett Baptist Church where I got my firm foundation.  With 24 years of Bible study under my belt I wanted to share and give back to the women who invested valuable time in me.
 God gave me a remarkable gift;  many hours studying His Word. I don't take that lightly.    A study on Biblical Servant hood would be the teaching.  After all I sign my correspondence, “Saved to Serve”; it's time to really study it.  I began my study by looking up the word "servant".   I had to carefully read and re read the online concordance.  “Does the word servant really mean slave?”  I whispered to myself in disbelief.
I checked many verses and found that the original word slave was translated to servant.   This made my skin crawl and the hair on the back of my neck stand on end.   “How could this be Lord?”  Thoughts of the horrific treatment of slaves in America and elsewhere ran through my mind.   As I continued my study, God showed me the true meaning of Biblical Slavery.  It may not be what you think.  I am not a theologian. I cherish the Truth of the Word of God and make every effort to handle it correctly.
This post only touches on some of the basic points.  Please do a more in depth study on your own.  You will be blessed.


Old Testament-“ebed” Slave/servant
New Testament- “doulos” Slave
The Greek word “doulos” is used many times in the New Testament.  It is never interchangeable with the word servant in the original text.  There are about 5 other words in the bible that mean servant and doulos is not one of them.  

Slaves were common during Old Testament and New Testament times.   There were laws concerning the treatment of slaves. 

Leviticus 25:43 “You shall not rule over him ruthlessly but shall fear your God.”

Deuteronomy 15:12-14 “If your brother, a Hebrew man or a Hebrew woman, is sold to you, he shall serve you six years, and in the seventh year you shall let him go free from you.  And when you let him go free from you, you shall not let him go empty-handed.  You shall furnish him liberally out of your flock, out of your threshing floor, and out of your winepress. As the LORD your God has blessed you, you shall give to him. “

In the New Testament Jesus did not free the slaves.  He gave instructions.

“Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called. Were you called while a slave? Do not be concerned about it; but if you can be made free, rather use it. For he who is called in the Lord while a slave is the Lord's freedman. Likewise he who is called while free is Christ's slave. You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men. Brothers and sisters, each person, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation they were in when God called them. ” 1 Corinthians 7:20-24
“Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh.” God is over the master and he will deal with them if they are abusive.” 1 Peter 2:18

“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant (doulos), and being made in the likeness of men.” Philippians 2:5-7

Romans 6:16-  “Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?”
Are you a slave to sin or a slave to righteousness?
My prayer is righteousness.  No matter what, you are a slave.
God redeemed His children out of the pit of hell and brought them into His perfect light.
“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us” Galatians 3:13
He purchased us with His own blood.  We belong to Him.
“You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:20
God adopted us.
“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15
I am the blood bought daughter of a King.  He owns me and I must obey.  Why would I desire anything but obedience?  I consider it an honor to serve the one who rescued me from the pit of hell and placed me into His Kingdom of light.

Our relationship with God is multi-faceted.  Being His slave is just one of those facets.

My morning routine has changed from this study.  I would wake up praying” God bless my day.”  I set the agenda for my day and wanted God to bless it.   Now I wake up praying, “What adventure do you have for your servant (doulos) today, Lord?    

copyright 2015 Cherrilynn Bisbano


  1. It is our choice to become a servant to God. We enslave ourselves willingly. This does make people's skin crawl and is sometimes why they resist surrendering to Him. We don't like words like surrender, submit, or slave. It's counter cultural, especially because of American slavery. Ironically, it's when we live our lives for His purposes, His service, as His instrument that we find the most joy, not oppression or suppression that we may anticipate. Thanks Cherrilynn!

    1. Hi Cathy I just found your comment. Sorry it took so long. You are so right. We don't like those words. We are either a slave to sin or a slave to righteousness. A willing slave. God is so good to take such good care of us.