Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Slave by John MacArthur Week Two- Chapter Two


If you want to join me in an online study of the book  "Slave" by John MacArthur, go here to get links to the books.

Review chapter one here.

Rewind

What would be the benefits of slavery for the slave?

     With a good master, all of a slave's needs were taken care of. With a well respected master came respect for the slave also.

A slave's experience depended upon the goodness of his or her master. Since God is our master, what kind of experience should we expect as His slaves?

     God is perfect so we can expect perfect treatment from a perfect master. He would be loving, just, compassionate, and ALL of His attributes ALL the time.

Rethink

Whew! Some convicting questions!

Many of Israel's heroes are specifically referred to as His slaves. How does that affect your understanding of what it means to be a slave to God?

     These men are fantastic examples of being able to accomplish so much for God. They weren't oppressed or miserable at all. As a matter of fact, they counted it all joy to be able to serve Him.

In what ways does the slave metaphor emphasize the counterculture nature of the gospel?

    In our society, everyone wants to do what they want to do and have what they want to have when they want it. After all, this is a FREE country, right? Willingly putting yourself last and another first is not satisfying to our selfish flesh.

    David: Making Jesus "Savior" is the "feel good" part, but making Him "Lord" is the hard part. That makes you accountable to Him, and people don't want that. We are His slaves-His hands and feet. We do His work, but our flesh rebels against that very thing.

Reflect


Thoughts about Paul.....

     Paul's conversion may be one of the most radical ever. From the actual persecution and killing of those Christians whose God he eventually became a slave to is miraculous. I think Paul is a reminder to never stop praying for the those who are lost. Sometimes we think "so and so" is so far gone, they will never come to Christ, but Paul shows us that those who are so against God can have a change of heart.

James, the brother of Jesus, referred to himself as "slave" rather than "brother". What does this say about his perspective on the Christian life.

     James recognized that being a slave to his Master superceded his familial relationship to Jesus. This is kind of hard to relate to, I think. I mean who wants to be a slave to their brother? But James was able to look so far past that and focus on the one thing that mattered, the fact that Jesus was more than his brother, He was the God who owned him.

Thoughts on James 4: 13-15....

     Our primary concern in every action of our lives should be first considered as whether or not it's God's will for us. As a slave, we wouldn't have the option of going our own way, and doing our own thing. Every thing we do would need to be completely aligned with God's will, since he does have ownership over us.

     David: At the end of the day, really nothing else matters. The only thing that matters is Jesus.

Thoughts on the boundaries of His control....

     I think the boundaries of His control are really a safe area for us to be in. I think of my children in the confines of our yard. When they are there, they are safe. I can watch over them and protect them. But, when they venture out of that boundary, there are dangers and they are vulnerable.


What are your thoughts? 



4 comments:

Kathleen said...

I found this chapter very interesting. I have often been asked by agnostic/atheist friends how God could put laws governing slavery in the Bible [when slavery is wrong]. I have always answered with the standard "that was just the culture back then". Now I understand that Christ too was instructing us as Christians on how to live lives as slaves to Him.

The idea of being a slave to Christ is so very politically incorrect in today's society because of the Me mentality. Slavery means you are working for someone else; you are SERVING someone else. You are not looking out for number one. You are not ensuring that your self-esteem is being built up. You are not doing something because you feel you deserve it.

Ironically, in today's society so many of us are slaves to other things. We just would never admit it. But this is the kind of slavery that is bondage, not the kind of slavery that is free in the grace that Christ offers us.

Courtney said...

That is such a good point. People are slaves to so many different things, and those things are bondage in a bad way- to money, jobs, even the tv. That is being slave to sin, but with Christ we can be slaves to righteousness, which really is freedom.

Kathleen said...

Amen! :)

Juanita Unrau said...

Wow; good to know and remember about Paul. His conversion made a lot of people nervous. They may have thought he was faking it to try to trap them. I tend to feel that way about certain people in my life. But, God CAN and DOES do miracles, just not always the way we would think.
Good to think about not boasting about tomorrow, not knowing how it will be. I continue to ask, where does God want me today? He had me at this job longer than a lot of people, including brothers and sisters in the Lord, but it was His will. And I'm thankful, looking back, for His protection on me. The ending part was not how I would've chosen, and I still struggle on, was it REALLY for the best? But it was what it was. Getting that old hymn in my head that goes God Will Take Care of You

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