A note from our pastor:
”And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.”Ephesians 6:9
Good Morning Dearly Beloved,
In our study verse this week, the Apostle takes a moment to address the behavior of those who had servants and slaves and were under his teaching. The scriptures do not record how often this was the case, but clearly the Apostle felt it necessary to address their behavior as disciples as well. He does so with one verse.
The core of the Apostles teaching regarding how masters should treat their slaves or servants falls in the one phrase ”knowing that your Master also is in heaven”. This one phrase serves to remind those masters while they command the lives of men and women on this earth, God commands their lives as well as those of their servants. And he doesn’t just hold a semblance of power as those master did, rather he holds divine power which has the ability to stop the waves, heal the sick, and raise the dead.
The Apostle further reminds those masters, God is not a respecter of persons. In other words, God does not consider situation, race, gender, or any other qualifier. He knows his elect and he loves them unconditionally. The point being, just because they were a master over a household and within that household were servants does not mean God considers them any more worthy or any greater than the least of the servants in the household.
Within this verse there are many unspoken lessons regarding how the master should treat his servants. The implication is the master should exercise love, mercy, and forgiveness in dealing with his servants in the same way he would his equals in the church. However, the Apostle also feels the need to give one explicit instruction. The instruction is for the master to avoid threatening his servants. This action, which so many in power use, destroys years of love, mercy, and forgiveness. It destroys trust. The Apostle tells those in the church, those who considered his teachings, to avoid this behavior if they had the role of being over others in society.
While the circumstances of society may have changed, all of these lessons are equally applicable today, because they are truths taught by Jesus Christ for all of his disciples.
Our Prayers are with you daily,