Getting Slavery Out of the People
Inspired by We Make the Road by Walking by Brian D. McLaren
Scripture references – Exodus 20:1-21, Matthew 22: 34-40 and Hebrews 10: 1-18
I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying, “You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl.” Well that is what Moses was up against – getting the slavery out of the people. They had a slavery mentality.
Do you feel stuck? Maybe you are living in the past or allowing past hurts to control your life today. “We are all on a wilderness journey out of some form of slavery.”
The ten commandments as given in We Make the Road by Walking:
1. Put the God of liberation first, not the gods of slavery.
2. Don’t reduce God to the manageable size of an idol-certainly not one made of wood and stone by human hands, and not one made by human minds of rituals and words, either, and certainly not one in whose name people are enslaved, dehumanized, or killed!
3. Do not use God for your own agenda by throwing around God’s holy name. If you make a vow in God’s name, keep it!
4. Honor the God of liberation by taking and giving everyone a day off. Don’t keep the old 24/7 slave economy going.
5. Turn from self-centeredness by honoring your parents. (After all, honor is the basis of freedom.)
6. Don’t kill people, and don’t do the things that frequently incite violence, including:
7. Don’t cheat with others’ spouses.
8. Don’t steal others’ possessions, and
9. Don’t lie about the others’ behaviors or characters.
10. In fact, if you really want to avoid the violence of the old slave economy, deal with its root source-in the drama of desire. Don’t let the competitive desire to acquire tempt you off the road of freedom.
“Through the ten plaques, we might say, God got the people out of slavery. Through the red commands, God got the slavery out of the people.”
Our personal struggles, our wilderness, prepare us for freedom.
1. What significant wilderness experience in your life has prepared you for freedom?
2. What kinds of slavery do you think we are still stuck in?
3. Activate: Review the ten commandments as written above and look for ways this ancient moral code is relevant in today’s world.