The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"I Will Not Go Out Free"
Old Testament law decreed that a Jewish indentured servant must serve his master for 6 years (Exodus 21:2-6). In the seventh year, he could freely leave, with one exception. If he had married during the time of servitude, he could not take his wife and children with him when leaving his master. He must go out alone. However, He could choose to stay with with his master and family, remaining in service for a lifetime. His master would pierce the ear of the servant, leaving tangible scars to confirm his permanent servitude. Even more, remaining with his master, wife and children bore witness to his heart's love and devotion.
"The servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children. I will not go out free" (Exodus 21:5).
The indenture clearly and beautifully foreshadows another Servant who proclaims, "I will not go out free." The Lord Jesus Christ retains His humanity as our Redeemer, binding Himself unto us forever. "Behold I and the children which God hath given Me" (Hebrews 2:13). He bears upon His body tangible evidence of His determination, wounds that bear witness to His love and devotion to us (John 20:27). Few considerations will more humble us with heart-filling awe, and few will more instill in us the desire to love this One who so loves us. "I will not go out free." For you and for me, the Lord Jesus made this sacrifice that abides forevermore.
I Will Not Go Out Free
I will not go out free,
forever I will stay with thee.
Pierce My hands, My feet, and side,
that all may know My sacrifice.
For I will not go out free.
I promise I will never leave,
within your heart I'll always be.
It matters not the sacrifice,
forever I will be your life.
Oh I will not go out free.
Forever with you I will abide,
My Spirit will fill you with My life.
And this know with all certainty,
that I will always be with thee,
For I will not go out free…
I will not go out free!
Never will we know how great the sacrifice for the divine to become and remain human. We will forever know, however, the tangible evidence of our Savior's abiding love for His bride, the church. Wounds will bear witness, and far more, the eternally enduring devotion we will know in the presence of One whose love "passeth knowledge" (Ephesians 3:19). "I will not go out free" declares the Lord Jesus to His Father, and to you and me. Thus, we serve the greatest of all servants, and the One whose eternally enduring presence within our hearts leads us to our own devotion to God and others.
"Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily He took not on Him the nature of angels; but He took on Him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people."
"The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister and give His life a ransom for many."
Weekly Memory Verse
Not unto us, o Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory for Thy mercy and Thy truth's sake.