Dear Christian Sisters,
Before we move on to Mary’s visit to Elizabeth and Zacharias, let’s figure out what a bondslave is.
In the last blog post, Would You Have Been #BraveLikeMary, we ended with verse 38:
And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. Luke 1:38
But what is a bondslave?
The first thing you need to know is that the word slave in the Bible does not include all the racial connotations that we Americans associate with slavery. Slaves in Jewish society were slaves because they could not afford to live otherwise. So Jews from Old Testament times and continuing through Jesus’ time would choose to be slaves for financial reasons.
Gentile slaves at the time of Jesus may have also chosen slavery for financial reasons, or they may be a race that was conquered by the Romans.
So, slaves were of many different colors, not just Africans. Most likely the percentage of slaves who were African would have been quite low.
But Mary was not a slave in society. She used this word to describe her relationship with God.
Mary used bondslave to express to the Lord God Almighty that she was not His servant because she was conquered nor because she was poor but that she was His servant by choice and that she would do whatever He wanted with humility.
Before I went to Uganda for the first time a year ago, I told the Lord in prayer that I would be His bondslave and promised that when I returned, I would make an outward sign of my commitment.
Based on Exodus 21:5-6, I pierced both of my ears with a second hole. Now, you wouldn’t know that my second piercing was showing my choice to be a bondslave, but I do!
It’s my reminder to myself that I will do whatever God wants with humility.
That doesn’t make me a Saint.
Trust me: daily I need to reach up and feel that second piercing to remind myself to listen and obey because telling all of you my story was never in my plan (see Faces of Abortion and Forgiveness and Peace that Passes All Understanding).
But I am trusting God that He is using my story to save women from the darkness of abortion and premarital sex (for sexual immorality is not like other sins, see 1 Corinthians 6:18 or all of 1 Corinthians 6:12-20).
Being the Father’s bondslave is not easy, just like Mary’s choice was not easy, but God’s plans are always better than my own.