Summary: Being a bondslave of the Lord
We should have slavery once again Luke 1:26-38
THE LIGHT SIDE A little girl wanted her daddy to tell her a story. He wove together a fine tale that involved slaves. After he finished his story, she asked, "What’s a slave daddy?" He explained it the best that he could. When he was through the little girl looked up at her daddy and asked, "Is that what mommy is?" (Humorous Notes, Quotes, And Anecdotes, Leslie and Bernice Flynn, 1973
My wife is a wonderful woman
We need to be bond slaves of the Lord by being Available, Obedient, and willing.
We are going to start opening these verses by starting at the end. Because I see this passage as Mary making herself available, obedient, and willing to be a bondslave of the Lord. And you are really called to do the same thing.
Look;Paul was a bond servant- Ro.1:1
James was a bond servant—Jas.1:1
Peter was a bond servant –2Pe.1:1
Luke and Silas were called bond servant in Acts 16:17
And in Phil.2:7 Jesus was called a bond servant.
What is a bond servant (slave)?
The word is the same word that is used for slave. bond-servant 11, bond-servants 12, bondslave 3, bondslaves 8, both men and women 8, servants 1, slave 58, slave’s 1, slaves 39
.A bond servant is one who gives himself up to another’s will, those whose service is used by Christ in extending and advancing His cause among men. Devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interest
Mary says in verse 38.
“Behold the bondslave of the Lord” In that time and place this was quite a thing to say. A slave, you see, was reckoned to be less than human. By law, the slave was classified as a piece of merchandise, a piece of moveable property. He or she had no rights and could own no property. Even his own family did not belong to him. The rights of a master over a slave were absolute and no one could hinder or prevent a master from doing with a slave what he wanted.
”Behold the bondslave of the Lord” Before God, Mary adopts the status and attitude of a slave.Mary knew what it meant to be the servant of God.
. Did you know the cross gives indirect proof to the virgin birth? Yes; Mary was at the foot of the cross and no one doubts she loved her Son Jesus. If Jesus is not the virgin born Son of God Mary would have cried out take Him down I know He was not born of a virgin, I know He had an earthly father. She did not because she could not. He was the virgin born Son of God and Mary Knew it.
”Behold the bondslave of the Lord” Mary is stating here that she is dedicating herself to the Lord’s service. She is expressing her willingness to follow the Lord’s leading and to live before Him a life of obedience, availability and willingness.
”Behold the bondslave of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word.”." On this third Sunday of Advent, the Lord wants to hear these words from every one of us. He wants every person here to commit themselves to His service. He wants every person here to follow His leading and to live before Him a life of availablilty, obedience, and willingness..
But now a warning. To serve the Lord, my friends, does involve risk.Being Available, Obedience and willing is always costly. I know of a woman struggling about giving her life to Christ. When I talked with her she said, "I want to be a real Christian. I know I have to give myself fully to the Lord. And, this means I will have to do things I dislike doing now." Yes, my friends, to follow the Lord, to be His servant, is never easy. It will cost you money, time, and maybe even life.
”Behold, the bondslave of the Lord,” What exactly does this mean? A slave’s calling in life is to serve the master. He has no other purpose. He has to devote 100% of his time, gifts, talents, and abilities to the master’s service. Together with service there must be obedience. A good slave serves the master by being available, obedient, willing.
In 1904 William Borden, heir to the Borden Dairy Estate, graduated from a Chicago high school. His graduation present was a trip around the world. Traveling through Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, Borden was really stricken by all the poverty and hunger he saw. Writing home, he said, "I’m going to give my life to prepare for the mission field."
When he made this decision, he wrote in the back of his Bible two words: No Reserves.