Servant of God

The Servant of God Series is a collection of six narratives. They define what it means to be a servant and suggest some ways to be a servant of God.

The word “servant” in English implies that a person has a choice whether to be a servant and whether to obey orders. Voluntary, options, choices.

The Old Testament was written in Hebrew and the New Testament in Greek. The words translated as “servant” in English originally meant “slave”. Involuntary, no options, no choices.

Because the word “slave” has so many horribly negative connotations in the modern world, most Bible translators choose servant or bond servant as the words to use.

Whichever English word is used in your Bible, the important point to remember is that God’s people are completed dedicated to him. Voluntary, but complete, obedience. Because they love God, they choose to follow his Word exactly.

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In about 536-538 BC, the Lord moved the heart of King Cyrus of Persia to aid the Jews in making the first return to Judah from exile in Babylon/Persia. The exiles were led by Zerubbabel, Nehemiah, Joshua the Priest and others.

Upon arrival in Judah, the former exiles settled in Jerusalem and in towns throughout Judah. Soon after that, the people gathered in Jerusalem to rebuild the altar of God under the leadership of Joshua and Zerubbabel. Despite the dangers posed by the people around them, the Jews finished building the altar, made sacrifices on it, and celebrated the Festival of Tabernacles.

Following those celebrations, the people began to gather the resources needed to rebuild the Temple. According to Ezra 3:8-9 the leaders and all the people, including all of the Levites, began the work. It is easy to imagine that everyone, regardless of their position or clothing, was sweaty and dirty. Everyone was intent on following the desire of God to rebuild the Temple.

Joshua the Priest
Primary Scriptures:
Ezra 3:1-4:4; Zechariah 3:1-10
Story Summary:
Servants of God get accused for obeying God
538-490 BC