I’ve been studying Luke with an online group and have really been enjoying it. This first week the word bondslave struck me from chapter 1:38:
And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; be it done to me according to your Word.”
There are so many thoughts about this that slap me in the face:
- Mary’s absolute trust in the Lord
- Mary’s faith in the midst of what had to be fear (of what would happen when her condition was found out)
- Mary’s obedient heart
- Mary’s belief in this extraordinary story
Now she was also a Hebrew. And she knew what a bondslave was. You probably know as well, but let me share a little about it. Deuteronomy 15 tells us that the bondslave was an Israelite who came into servitude in your home because of his poverty. In the Sabbath year (every 7th year) you were to set them free. BUT they had the choice to stay with you because they loved you and wanted to stay and serve your family. In that instance, they had their ear pierced. This was a sign to all that they were a servant BY CHOICE.
Mary didn’t just said, “Behold the maiden of the Lord.”
She used the word bondslave. This was a declaration of her CHOICE to follow God, to submit her life into His hands for His purpose.
As I look at my life, I have given my life to Jesus. I realize I have been bought, purchased by His blood. But my question to myself (and to you) is: am I living my life in such a way that makes it evident to all those around me that I am JOYFULLY following my Master? Can they see in ME that I submit because I love Him? Do I live out the trust and faith, obedience and hope that Mary did at her encounter with Gabriel?
This is for me to ponder and for the Lord to search my heart! I challenge you as well.
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