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Slaves or Children

Slaves or Children
Are you someone’s slave or someone’s child? The Hebrews were delivered from slavery to live as God’s chosen—His representatives to the world. In the New Testament, believers in Christ are invited to live as children of God, rather than as slaves to Satan (Galatians 4:7).

It’s often claimed that the Sabbath was made for the Jews only. Pointing to the words of Moses, some observe that the Hebrews were commanded to keep the Sabbath primarily as a memorial of freedom from Egyptian slavery.

“Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. … And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day” (Deuteronomy 5:12, 15).

Many say that because Christians aren’t Egyptian slaves, the Sabbath commandment doesn’t apply to us. However, there are problems with this assertion.

First, these words were spoken by Moses at the end of his life as a final message to the people he loved—they aren’t a reworking of the original Ten Commandments. Second, he pointed the people back to the original commandment—“as the Lord your God commanded you”—where the Sabbath is identified as a celebration of the Creation. Third, the Feast of Passover was given to the Jews to memorialize their journey from slavery to freedom (Exodus 12, 13).

Moses also used the “freedom from Egypt” theme as a reason for obeying God’s commands in reference to the care of the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow (Deuteronomy 24:17, 18). If this meant that only Hebrews needed to care for the outcasts of society, we would be free from the obligation to help those in need today!

God has provided everything we need to live as His children. He instructed us, “My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands” (Proverbs 3:1). He offers us, as His children, the gift of Sabbath rest—freedom from the tyranny of the 24/7 rush for success.

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