*Masters, Lords and serfs.

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In scripture God is referred to as Lord. But that was a name, or rather a title God adopted later, to teach the Israelites by way of contrasts who He is. You see in the Exodus God had this to say to Moses.

And God spoke to Moses and said to him: “I am [a]the LordI appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name Lord[b] I was not known to them.

You see the people on whom God had set His affection on being the 12 tribes of Jacob, had drifted so far from their created purpose of being made in His image, to go forth to rule and reign over their own affairs, to turn around and serve others. Someone else lorded over them.

This was not Gods original plan for His chosen but He knew this would happen. So God created a polar opposite of Himself we call Pharoh and Egypt, by which to teach them.

It was the Egyptians who applied the title “lord” for themselves to rule over the Israelites, then imposed hard labor upon them, so that they would know who gives instructions and whom they serve. They lorded over them. But this was to be short lived. (Genesis 15.13+14)  God had His redemption for them “and afterwards they would “come out with great possessions”.

This was given to us in picture form for us to understand God’s act of redemption we get through His Son. As we always say, scripture is given to make visible invisible lessons and realities of God in Christ Jesus, do that we may know clearly who our Father is and in whose image we are redeemed to through these understandings.

We then as the elect, pictured as the sons/offspring of Abraham, need to know this lesson clearly and understand why our Heavenly Father didn’t relate to the them by the title “Lord” before their bondage in Egypt.

You see Paul in the book of Galatians said that “a slave (someone who serves a lord) differeth not at all from a servant but is under guardians and tutors until time appointed of the father”. For if you are serving God as Lord, at what point do you become an heir? And when do you do the works of your Father? Not father Abraham, because he too is just a picture.

Even as Isaiah 52 says ““Listen to Me, you who [a]follow after righteousness,
You who seek the Lord:
Look to the rock from which you were hewn,
And to the hole of the pit from which you were dug.
Look to Abraham your (Heavenly) father,
And to Sarah (your Heavenly Mother) who bore you:” as pictures of your Invisible Parents.

 

The Elect are those who put off the analogies and return to our God given purpose to rule and reign with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, our only Lord and master.  We are not “children under guardians and tutors’ or serfs but co-heirs of the things of the Father given to us in His word, for us to operate as designed as a restored and matured image of God.

And again from Paul “I plead with you by the mercies of God. Be ye reconciled to the Father (not Lord) for He made Him who knew no sin (Jesus) to become our sin (and take into Himself the penalty for our son in exchange) for us to become Gods righteousness (that was) in Him.”

We see here at the cross, the lightning strike of God’s judgment from Heaven we think that was aimed at us, unloaded on His own Son. He took that bolt of judgment on Himself, and through the blessed blood of Christ through the eternal spirit, He purged our sin, to empty us of fear, doubt, loneliness and emptiness to fill us with Himself not for us to call Him Lord, but Abba Father. What a blessedness to know that you have nothing to give but admiration, love and dedication in return. And that’s what repent means, to turn or return if you need to do it again to send wide open.

We can understand by the parable of The Prodigal Son. That when he realized his demise of working with and eating with the swine. That coming to his senses.. and returning home to get his inheritance. The Father met him along the road when he saw him coming. Then returned his robe and re-assigned his portion given as heir. It was here he was operating as designed. We call this the restoration and salvation being realized, being clothed and seated with the Heavenly Father.

Like He said in Deuteronomy 28. And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.” This is the will of God for you.

It is interesting how the Egyptians who lorded over God’s people had the same agenda as modern day corporations with quotas and expect more labor for more bricks with less straw and longer days for greater profits. But “You shall not serve God and Mammon.” So you can discern which agencies serve who by what projections motivate what companies.

Isaiah 26 says “Other master’s we have had besides you. However we won’t make mention of their names”. And in the world their names are many and their associations are webs to trap you from what God has for you.

You see by way of contrasts laid out in scripture, we can see who we are and who we are not, as seen with this lesson on lords. If God has made us joint heir’s of His things given to His only Begotten, and passed on to us in our understanding for our crossover, not of the Red Sea where all our enemies were pictured as drowned, and not the river Jordan where the people of that last generation were baptised. We know baptism is to associate with a “newness of life”. By our verbal profession, to bury our old person  of sinful flesh, to be raised in newness of life and a new understanding to serve God.

Even as Moses was instructed to tell Pharoh “thus saith the Lord God, let My people go that they may serve Me in the wilderness”, showing us two things. They the Egyptians unknowingly serve the Lord God, and God did not want His people to serve others.

If His people had learned the lessons in their crossover of the red sea where all their enemies were drowned, and through the wilderness where they were completely provided for, it would have been for their glory, but they did not.

Even Moses was denied entrance to the promised land, or, land of promises we see in scripture, and died shortly after his last gander of the land of promise from Mt Nebo, where the Lord God said to Moses “but you shall not enter” because of their folley.

The lesson from the wilderness was for God to show them, that even in their fear, He would deliver them time and again to earn their trust. And having done that, He would then take them through assorted obstacles and enemies, to teach them how to master, or be a lord into themselves with their own God given abilities to rule and reign in truth. That being made in the image of God and fallen, then that image buried by fear first. It needed to be washed off and re-energized, then raised with a new outlook appropriated by them, and now by us, to be our own masters and lords. This is the Resurrection given and allocated to us at the cross. That is where all are enemies are defeated. We just have to learn to appropriate it. At the cross Jesus Christ said “it is finished. This is our crossover to excersize lordship, our lordship.

And how do we do this? With what we do? No, with what we say first, then what we do. We walk in the word, Gods word. In this way we part the seas, bring forth water from a rock, move mountains, and overcome all our enemies by our words. Like our Father said “let their be… and it was so. And like the Son said “rise up and walk”. And do we do. We do the walk of faith.

This is how we join the rest of God set in place on the 7th day of creation, to which the trumpet sound has called us since the day God capped His creation with humans. This is our exit, a word we get from Exodus which means departure, so we know where our crossover takes us and where we leave our enemies.

And from Hebrews 4.

Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, [a]not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said:

“So I swore in My wrath,
‘They shall not enter My rest,’ ”

although the works were finished from the foundation of the worldFor He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.”

But we know that “He who the Son sets free is truly free”. From the entanglements and the snares that try to detain us. Those monsters become our food for our growth into the things of God that proove we are His. This is the mastery our Father gave us. This is how we know we are His because we become the thing that He said,,, Word! With our words our enemies fear us, and We come out with great sustainance. We can rest assured in this, “in Him”, “in Christ”, The Word of God. Word!

The Kingdom of God is at hand! Enter in, be rich in Him and enjoy in this Glorious Salvation that was at first spoken of by the prophets, but now confirmed in us. Amen.