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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Worship Him Only

The Old Testament narrative generally follows a progression of: worship God; stop worshipping other gods; and, worship and serve God only.

According to Joshua 24:2, the ancestors of Abraham worshipped other gods. Genesis 22:5 is the first mention of anyone worshiping God. It was Abraham saying he was taking Isaac to the mountain to worship God. From then on, Abraham and many of his descendants worship God, but it seems that many of them worship other gods, too.

At the burning bush, in Exodus 3:12, God tells Moses that he and the people are to worship God when they are delivered from Egypt. In Exodus 20:4, the Second Commandment requires the people of God not to worship any idols or anything other than God. The rest of the Old Testament seems to be a running battle of the Hebrews worshiping God and other gods, God punishing them until they repent, them repenting and turning to God only, and them returning to worship other gods, too.

Primary Scriptures:
Genesis 22:5, 1 Samuel 7:3, Luke 4:8
Story Summary:
Servants of God worship him and him only
40 AD