Redemptive Living (Jeremiah 34:8-35:19)
What was striking in this passage was the focus on freeing those in slavery. But not just that the Hebrews were to free their slaves. What is key is the reason why. They had been freed from their slavery, so they were to observe the practice of freeing their slaves every seven years.
Several weeks ago in our worship series “The Mission of God’s People” we focused on “redemptive living.” The idea is that our lives are to be shaped as a reflection of the redemption we have received from God. We forgive because we have been forgiven. We are merciful because we have received mercy. We are generous because God has been generous to us.
The same thing is at work here. The people of God were to free their slaves because they had been freed.
So this passage really isn’t about slavery as it is about living of life that reflects the redemption we have received. And that is what I am praying for today, that God would enable me to live redemptively today, forgiving as I have been forgiven, serving as I have been served, and so forth. I pray that the redemptive love and grace of Jesus would be seen in and through my life today.
What is the Word leading you to pray about today?
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