The Bible and Slavery – Leviticus 25:39-55 Ben Carpentier 25th July 2021

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Thanksgiving and praise 

In Psalm 100:4-5 we are encouraged to praise and give thanks to God: 

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.  

We begin our service with a prayer of thanksgiving, followed by a song of praise. 

Almighty God, creator and redeemer, we praise you for the beauty of the world around us and for every gift we enjoy. 
Thank you for creating us to know you, to love you and to obey you. Most of all, we praise you for your amazing love in sending your Son to restore your world by dying for us and rising to give us new life. Accept our praise and thanksgiving, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen. 


Bible Reading 

As we prepare to receive God’s word, let’s ask for God to be at work within us. 

We thank you heavenly Father, for inspiring all Scripture by the Holy Spirit. Help us by your Spirit so to hear your holy word that we may be equipped for every good work, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. 

Leviticus 25:39-55

39 “‘If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and sell themselves to you, do not make them work as slaves. 40 They are to be treated as hired workers or temporary residents among you; they are to work for you until the Year of Jubilee. 41 Then they and their children are to be released, and they will go back to their own clans and to the property of their ancestors. 42 Because the Israelites are my servants, whom I brought out of Egypt, they must not be sold as slaves. 43 Do not rule over them ruthlessly,but fear your God.

44 “‘Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. 45 You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property. 46 You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.

47 “‘If a foreigner residing among you becomes rich and any of your fellow Israelites become poor and sell themselves to the foreigner or to a member of the foreigner’s clan, 48 they retain the right of redemption after they have sold themselves. One of their relatives may redeem them: 49 An uncle or a cousin or any blood relative in their clan may redeem them. Or if they prosper,they may redeem themselves. 50 They and their buyer are to count the time from the year they sold themselves up to the Year of Jubilee. The price for their release is to be based on the rate paid to a hired worker for that number of years. 51 If many years remain, they must pay for their redemption a larger share of the price paid for them. 52 If only a few years remain until the Year of Jubilee, they are to compute that and pay for their redemption accordingly. 53 They are to be treated as workers hired from year to year; you must see to it that those to whom they owe service do not rule over them ruthlessly.

54 “‘Even if someone is not redeemed in any of these ways, they and their children are to be released in the Year of Jubilee, 55 for the Israelites belong to me as servants. They are my servants, whom I brought out of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.


Sermon 

Ben Carpentier will now preach the sermon  


Prayers 

We are the people of God, but Scripture reminds us that we still sin. We need to confess our failures, knowing that the Lord Jesus intercedes for us with the Father, who freely forgives us, through his infinite goodness and mercy. 

So let us draw near to God with sincerity and confidence, and pray together. 

Heavenly Father, you have loved us with an everlasting love, but we have gone our own way and rejected your will for our lives. We are sorry for our sins and turn away from them. For the sake of your Son who died for us, forgive us, cleanse us, and change us. By your Holy Spirit, enable us to live for you and to please you in every way; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

In 1 John 1:9, those who confess their sins are assured with these words: 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 

Allow Penny Carpentier to lead you in prayer. Finish with the Lord’s Prayer. 

Let’s conclude our time of prayer with the Lord’s Prayer 

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name,  your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours  now and for ever. Amen. 


Song 


Benediction 

As we conclude our service, let’s be encouraged by these words from the Apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it! Amen. 

Thanks for sharing with us! See you next week.  

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