Tag: slavery

  • Biblical Principle #266: Israel’s Law for Acquiring Slaves

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, God gave Israel guidelines for owning slaves. Explanation Like all ancient cultures, slavery was an acceptable aspect of Israelite culture. However, as part of the Law of Moses, GOD gave specific instructions for the selection, care, protection, and release of slaves. Acquiring Slaves 44 As for…

  • Biblical Principle #258: Israel’s Guidelines for Prosecuting Slave Abuse

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, God gave Israel guidelines for when to prosecute slave abuse. Explanations Under the Law of Moses, GOD permitted Israelites to own slaves under certain conditions. However, GOD also gave guardrails for when to prosecute the assault of slaves as having gone too far:

  • Biblical Principle #253: Israel’s Law Against Kidnapping

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, God instructed Israel how to administer justice when kidnappings occurred. Explanation GOD gave the following instructions in the Law about kidnapping: 17 Whoever kidnaps one of the children of Israel and overcomes and sells him, and he is found with him, let him surely die. Exodus…

  • Biblical Principle #227: Israel to Keep Year of Jubilee

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, Israel was to celebrate every 50th year as a Year of Jubilee. Explanation GOD told Moses to have Israel celebrate a year-long Jubilee every 50th year. It was to be a holy year where the land was to be left unworked, just like the Sabbath year…

  • August 29 – Lamentations (Part 1)

    Reading Lam. 1:1-2:22 Devotional Today’s reading is part 1 of 2 regarding the book of Lamentations. Although the writer is never identified, it is generally accepted that Jeremiah wrote the book. The name, Lamentations, is a composition of several sad songs, called laments, regarding the fall of Jerusalem and the pitiful state of the destroyed…

  • June 18 – GOD’s Case Against Israel

    Reading Hos. 4:1-19; 5:1-15; 6:1-11; 7:1-16; 8:1-14; 9:1-17 Devotional As we continue Hosea’s prophecy, in today’s reading GOD lays out His case against Israel: 1 Hear the word of the LORD, you Israelites, because the LORD has a charge to bring against you who live in the land: “There is no faithfulness, no love, no…

  • January 22 – So GOD Heard

    Reading Ex. 1:1-4:31 Ex. 6:14-27 Devotional After Joseph died a new king came to power in Egypt who had not known Joseph. The Hebrews prospered and they multiplied and grew mighty in the land. The new Pharaoh feared that the Hebrews were becoming more powerful than the Egyptians, so he decided to make slaves of…

  • January 20 – True Forgiveness and Seventeen Years

    Reading Gen. 45:16-47:28 Devotional Joseph was 17 years old when he was thrown into the pit and sold to the Ishmaelites as a slave. It is pretty safe to assume that at some point during his suffering Joseph felt a sense of anger toward his brothers for their mistreatment. But by the time Joseph revealed…

  • January 18 – Obeying GOD Always Pays Off

    Reading Gen. 39:1-42:5 Devotional After Joseph got to Egypt he was purchased by Potiphar, captain of the Egyptian guard. He served faithfully in Potiphar’s house and over time Potiphar trusted him because GOD blessed Joseph and everything he did prospered. No doubt Joseph wondered why GOD allowed him to suffer in slavery even though he…

  • January 17 – Be Careful What You Say

    Reading Gen. 37:1-38:30 Devotional Jacob had twelve sons, but he loved Joseph more than the others. The other sons saw that their father loved Joseph more than them and they hated Joseph. It was so bad that they couldn’t even speak peaceably with Joseph. The Bible doesn’t say whether Joseph knew that his brothers hated…