The Author of Liberty

In what words does the Bible describe the bondage of Israel in Egypt? "And the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage." Exodus 2:23. Compare with James 5:1-4.

Who heard their cries for help? "God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob." Exodus 2:24.

What did God tell Moses to do?" Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt." Exodus 3:9, 10.

In giving His law to His people, how did God describe Himself? "I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage." Exodus 20:2.

What did God do to protect Israel against slavery? "And if thy brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee. And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty: thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out of thy winepress: of that wherewith the Lord thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt give unto him. And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the Lord thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing to day." Deuteronomy 15:12-15. "Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt." Exodus 22:21; (See 2 Corinthians 1:2-4.)

What was one of the reasons that Israel should keep the Sabbath? "And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the Lord thy God commanded thee to keep the Sabbath day." Deuteronomy 5:15.

What proclamation was made every fifty years?" And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family." Leviticus 25:10.

NOTE. - The year of jubilee was a unique institution found in no other religion. It was a sort of exalted Sabbatical year which was to be kept every fiftieth year, being announced at the sound of the trumpet on the Day of Atonement. During this year all slaves who were Hebrews were to be liberated, and all lands restored to the former owners.

Because Israel failed to do this, became oppressive and forsook the Sabbath, what did God do? "Therefore thus saith the Lord; Ye have not harkened unto Me, in proclaiming liberty, everyone to his brother, and every man to his neighbour; behold, I proclaim a liberty for you, saith the Lord, to the sword, to the pestilence, and to the famine; and I will make you to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth." Jeremiah 34:17. (See also Jeremiah 17:24-27; 2 Chronicles 36:19-21.)

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