FEBRUARY IS LOVE MONTH – PART 1

LOVE MONTH 2013
SERMON #1: “If you love Me, be My servant” (Ex. 21:5)
FBC Earlville 2-03-13 10:30 AM Rev. J.B. Stopford, Pastor

INTRODUCTION Today’s special: “Memento”
Seeing her friend Sally wearing a new locket, Meg asks if there is a memento of some sort inside.
“Yes,” says Sally, “a lock of my husband’s hair.”
“But Larry’s still alive.”
“I know, but his hair is gone.”

February is “Love Month” at FBC! Can you imagine the looks of passersby as they see the marquis?
Look at the intimacy that our Savior has with His children:
John 14:15,21,23,24,28 “If you love Me” is His motto of the fellowship He hungers for with us.
Do we have that hunger for Him? This month’s passages will draw us to that hunger. PRAYER

#1 JUST A JOB (vs. 1-3)
Overview vs. 1-3: on the surface, it reads like the relationship of one who worked for a Jewish master. These were the laws governing that relationship
All Hebrews were free-born
* Key phrase: “if you buy a Hebrew servant” (v. 2). What would be the reasons that an Hebrew would be in a position to be purchased? The Amplified Bible explains, “as the result of debt or theft. Bible scholars tell us that the need might have been poverty, a crime, or a debt – but they were entitled to freedom at the end of 6 years.
What about us: Romans 3:23 (“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”); 6:23 (“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”)
* Life can be like “just a job”, going through the routine, OR it can be like we are slaves with no hope of being free. Slaves to debt; to poverty; to our environment; to our upbringing; no hope. Eph. 2:12: “having no hope and without God in the world.”
For us there is no freedom after 6 years. Freedom may be just a dream.

#2 JUST A JOY (vs. 4-5)
* The key word here is “but” (v. 5) – a word of contrast
* “BUT God commends His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:8)
* “I love my master, my wife, my children” – I chose to be a servant
I chose to surrender my life to the love & life offered by My Master

#3 JUST FOR JESUS! (v. 6)
* And the result is: v. 6 the hole in the ear – I belong to my master (demonstrate boring of ear to show ownership).
* Joshua 24:15: “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.””
Rom. 6:10-13 – the choice to serve as a fruit of love

CONCLUSION: Jesus a Servant?
Psalm 40:6 “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require.” The phrase, “My ears You have opened” literally means that the Messiah willingly became, chose to be a servant for the Father. He had His ear pierced as a servant (“a body prepared” some versions say).
Demonstrate “boring” of feet, hands, side to show His servitude to the Father at the cross
Hebrews 10:9 “Then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” “He is surrendered to do the Father’s will
Hebrews 5:8 – “Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.”
– “through total obedience to God” (Expanded Bible)
* Philippians 2:5-11 – He became a servant that He might go to the cross
* Yes, Jesus was a Servant, that we might be free!
* IF I LOVE HIM, I WILL BE HIS SERVANT -surrendered to Him alone.
Are you?
CLOSE IN PRAYER

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