Weekly Word Definition – Bondage

The Definition for the week is Bondage: the state of being a slave

the tenure or service of a villain, serf, or slave

:  a state of being bound usually by compulsion (as of law or mastery): such as

  • a:  captivity, serfdom
  • b:  servitude or subjugation to a controlling person or force young people in bondage to drugs

            Merriam-Webster

Used in two senses in Scripture, a literal and a metaphorical sense.

  1. In the former sense, it refers
    1. to the condition of the Hebrews (ăbhōdhāh) in Egypt (Exodus 1:14; 2:23) which is frequently called “the house of bondage,” Exodus 13:3, 14; 20:2; Deut. 5:6. It also refers to the condition of the Hebrews in Babylonia (Isaiah 14:3) and in Persia (Ezra 9:8), where a slightly different form of the same root (abhedhūth) is used in the original. In both these cases the bondage was not so much personal as national. As a rule, individuals were not subject to individuals, but the whole Hebrew people were subject to the Egyptian, Babylonian and the Persian states. They were forced to labor on public works, and otherwise, and were denied their own freedom when the exigencies of state seemed to demand it. The former word ʿăbhōdāh is also used in Neh. 5:18 as descriptive of the subject and depressed conditions of the Hebrews in Palestine during the earlier years after their return from captivity, when they were still living under Persian suzerainty.
    2. The word bondage ʿăbhādhīm is also used to describe the slavery into which the poor Jews were being forced by their more prosperous brethren in the earlier years under the Persians in Palestine (Neh. 5:5). Here true personal, though temporary, slavery is meant.
    3. Marriage is once referred to as a bondage (1 Cor. 7:15). It wasn’t the marriage that Paul was referring to, it was the obligations concerned with marriage.
  2. It is used in the metaphorical sense only in New Testament.

 “Bondage,” is the power of physical corruption as against the freedom of life (Romans 8:21), the power of fear as over against the confidence of Christian faith (Romans 8:15; Hebrews 2:15), and especially is it the bondage of the letter, of the elements, of a ceremonial and institutional salvation which must be scrupulously and painfully observed, as contrasted with the freedom of the sons of God, emancipated by faith in Jesus Christ. This bondage is a peculiarly Pauline idea since he was fighting for Christian freedom (Galatians 2:4; Galatians 4:3, 9, 24-25; Galatians 5:1). In 2 Peter 2:19 the idea is essentially different. Libertinism, masquerading under the name of freedom, is branded as bondage, in contrast with the true freedom of righteous living. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia.

Bondage to sin is not necessary. Those who are true Christians have nothing to do with bondage to sin. Through our faith in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit will guide us in a life free from sin if we will let Him. Don’t get caught up in bondage, it’s not worth it.

Your God Has Anointed You

Remember, we are holy because God is Holy

You love righteousness and hate wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.

Psalm 45:7 (NKJV)

If Jesus were to have said the verse above; He would have substituted “Christianity” for righteousness and the word “sin” for wickedness. Unlike some of the preachers and teachers today, Jesus believed that you cannot sin after salvation.

God anointed David with happiness, pleasantness, and happiness. Why? Because David hated sin (wickedness). God wanted to reward David for his righteousness.

When we are saved today (not attended a class). When we are born again and give our lives to Christ, when we tell Christ that he is the light of our life, maybe we need to follow David’s lead. How does God reward us if we become righteous?

How does God anoint us the same way he anointed David?

When we are anointed, we receive the same thing Jesus did that made him closer to God. We receive the Holy Spirit. We now have the Holy Spirit living within us. We have God in our hearts!! Why would we listen to someone tell us it is ok to sin? (John 14:17)

I’m sure you have noticed that God told us often that we must obey Him and follow his commandments. This means we must work at being a Christian.

My wife and I have been together almost 44 years and we are still very much in love. Both of us believe in God and we trust Him to lead our marriage.

It wasn’t always that way. There was a time that I was not close to being a Christian. My wife believed and didn’t give up on me. Today we can’t think of not having each other. Our love is more special than most of the couples we know. We owe that to God. Our marriage is a reward for my wife’s faith and her belief in me. She changed my life for the better.

Today, I have been rewarded by God and God lives in me. God is a part of me, and I am a part of God. My heart is so filled with God’s love that there is no room for sin in my heart.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

1 Peter 1:3 (NKJV)

Without God’s Love there can be no righteousness. It was God’s love for us that caused Him to give His only begotten Son to die on the cross for the sins that we committed. Jesus never sinned. Jesus had no reason to go to the cross because of anything He did.

Because God demonstrated his love in this way, we can receive the second birth God has afforded us. It is this rebirth that God will reward. God does require that we die to sin so the rebirth can occur. God does not give His rebirth to sinners (wicked) because they can’t appreciate the experience.

The rebirth is required before God’s Blessings can be given to those who are chosen. God don’t choose sinners. God’s love is unconditional and cannot be bought with riches. God’s Love cannot be bought with our service to others, by teaching or preaching, by singing or any other public spectacle. God’s love is a forever love. We can turn away from God, but He will never turn away from us.

Remember, we are holy because God is Holy (1Peter 1:16)

With All Your Heart and Soul

But take careful heed to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, to keep His commandments, to hold fast to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

Joshua 22:5

It was God’s love and mercy that led the children of Israel to the land that God had promised their ancestor, Abraham, and His power that assisted their victory. When Joshua told them to go home, they gathered their spoils and headed home.

As Christians, we can experience God’s Love and power every day. We can ask God to lead us to victory over our enemies and We can see firsthand the loving way God leads us and the power of God’s word. If you have a question about life, all you need to do is pray and God will make it happen.

To us today, prayer is the key to unlock God’s love and power. Prayer must be prayed to God in the name of Jesus Christ. Prayer must be prayed for the correct reasons and must be prayed from a heart that belongs to God.

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

James 5:16 (NKJV)

There are many preachers and teachers today that tell the congregation what they want to hear so the money will flow their way. The truth is, God don’t hear a sinner’s prayer. God listens to the righteous. The righteous are those who do God’s will every day and put sin out of their lives.

Many will misquote the bible and tell you it is ok or natural to sin every day. It’s Not! However, if you should sin, God has made a way. Go to one of your fellow Christians and tell them of your sin and allow “them” to pray on your behalf.

God loves you and wants what is best for you. God will forgive you if you sin occasionally. However, sinning daily is not occasionally. That is practicing sin.

Look at it from God’s perspective. If you fill your day with sin, you won’t have time to do God’s will. You won’t have time to experience God’s love. You won’t have the time to properly care for you family, study the bible, and you lose the right to pray.

Now look at what God can do. If you study the bible, God can speak to you and lead your daily walk. If you live the bible every day, God can use you to bring others to salvation. If your heart is right with God and you pray for someone else, God will hear that prayer and act on it. God can show His love to other through you.

Try to live each day so others can see “Christ in you.”