Leviticus 25:39-43 God’s Children

Leviticus 25:39-43 (KJV)
And if thy brother that dwelleth by thee be waxen poor, and be sold unto thee; thou shalt not compel him to serve as a bondservant:
But as an hired servant, and as a sojourner, he shall be with thee, and shall serve thee unto the year of jubile:
And then shall he depart from thee, both he and his children with him, and shall return unto his own family, and unto the possession of his fathers shall he return.
For they are my servants, which I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: they shall not be sold as bondmen.
Thou shalt not rule over him with rigour; but shalt fear thy God.

Leviticus 25:55 (KJV)
For unto me the children of Israel are servants; they are my servants whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

Here is the great reason to treat people, of any stature, with dignity and respect – they are first responsible to God.

Regardless of a person’s status, whether they have substance or not, whether they are in need or those able to provide for needs, it is of little consequence because they are each of them God’s servants.

This is especially true of those who are saved. I believe a case can be made for treating those who are not Christians with respect, but there is no question that we, who belong to God, should treat others who belong to God with great dignity.

Imagine that someone claims to love and respect you. Their words, their actions and their demeanor all point to this love. There is but one exception; they mistreat your children. All else is come to nothing for this one thing. It doesn’t matter that your children have misbehaved or that they are not the smartest or strongest or most popular children, to mistreat them is to mistreat you.

God views the mistreatment of His own in much this same way. To mistreat His servants is to mistreat God.

 

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Leviticus 25:39-43 God’s Children

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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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