(04/13/2015) Slaves to Sin?

Posted: April 13, 2015 in America, David, Egypt, Jews, Scriptures, Sin, Suffering
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Points are shared, today, on bondage to sin and the periods of captivity and exile among the Jews.  By comparison to those from Africa who were forced to endure chattel slavery (status as another person’s belongings, goods or property) in Europe and the United States of America, the Jews have undergone discrimination, persecution, and prejudice, yet, have continued as a free and independent people.  The effects of abasement and the destruction of social institutions (e.g., customs, family, marriage, parenting, sacred practice, traditions) suffered by the sons of Africa continue among the diverse cultures of the world to this very hour.  In the holy writings, the first account of chattel slavery appears as the consolidation of Egypt.  Ownership and possession are major themes within the Scriptures.  The Jews appear to have escaped bondage, and remained the “property of GOD.”  Relief for the great famine administered by Joseph, resulted in a transformation of Egyptian government wherein the people became chattel, and the personal property of the Pharaohs.  Following their separation from the house of David under Rehoboam, son of Solomon, the Northern Kingdom (also called Israel and Samaria) condemned worship at the Temple in Jerusalem, and worship of the golden calf of Egypt was introduced.  Eventually, the North was overrun and subjugated by the Assyrians in what is called “captivity” due to the elements of forced labor, military conquest, and the people being relocated to develop weaker areas of the empire.  Hundreds of years later, the Southern Kingdom (also called, Judea) would be exploited in the same way by the Babylonians.  Where captivity is seen imposed by a foreign conqueror, exile is the lawful punishment by divinity where those in perpetual covenant for the Promised Land are banished and scattered from their homeland.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “hiniikken” (Level 1 with 2 points, a member since November 22, 2007) posted the following:

 

John 8:33 says that the Jews told Jesus they were never slaves. But they were slaves in Egypt , and then Babylon.?

John 8:33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.  For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.  (Hebrews 2:  14-16, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Malachi (01/02/2015); Law, Slavery and Redemption (09/13/2013); Only One GOD (09/14/2013); The Slave to Law and Sin Made Free (11/16/2012); Lawful Divorce (11/17/2012); No Free Will (10/19/2010); Speaking of GOD (10/20/2010)

 

“hiniikken”, the word of GOD to Abraham as prophecy described a people being set apart and taken out (we say, sanctified) for divine service from among the sons of Adam who otherwise would remain in bondage to sin.  Consider the following:

(1.)  Genesis 15:  12-16, KJV:  12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.  13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;  14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge:  and afterward shall they come out with great substance.  15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.  16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again:  for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

(2.)  Genesis 47:  17-21, KJV:  17 And they brought their cattle unto Joseph: and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses, and for the flocks, and for the cattle of the herds, and for the asses:  and he fed them with bread for all their cattle for that year.  18 When that year was ended, they came unto him the second year, and said unto him, We will not hide it from my lord, how that our money is spent; my lord also hath our herds of cattle; there is not ought left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies, and our lands:  19 Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land? buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants unto Pharaoh:  and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate.  20 And Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them:  so the land became Pharaoh’s.  21 And as for the people, he removed them to cities from one end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end thereof.

(3.)  Galatians 4:  22-26, KJV:  22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.  23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.  24 Which things are an allegory:  for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.  25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.  26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

(4.)  Galatians 4:  30-31, KJV:  30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son:  for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.  31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

(5.)  Romans 6:  11-13, KJV:  11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin:  but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

(6.)  Romans 6:  16-17, KJV:  16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?  17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (7.)  Romans 6:  21-23, KJV:  21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.  22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.  23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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