This weekend, we will celebrate our 239th anniversary as an independent nation. There’s just something about being able to drive from the west coast to the east coast without fear of losing your life. But the independence that humans so desperately need goes deeper than one nation’s history.
“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.'” Genesis 1:26
I often wondered what it meant to be created in God’s image. How can we, who are mortal, delicate and prone to illness, be made in the likeness of God, Who is immortal, all powerful? What did Genesis mean to say?
What Genesis is telling us is that God made us to be like Him, in that He is free. God has free will, and so, He created us with free will. We are free to love or hate. We are free to do the wrong thing, or the right thing. Independence is not necessarily speaking to freedom, but freedom from being ruled…by anyone but God.
We failed as humans at being like God, so we require governors. The sad thing is, without government, the world would be utterly evil. But Genesis says God intended for man to rule the world, not to be ruled by any but God. So why can’t we live that way?
When we put our own desires over those of God, which are all good, we build our own house, rather than living in his. Because we don’t understand us like He does, our rooms are not suited for us as they should be.
I hear a lot of comments from people about God being cruel and unjust because of stories they read in the Old Testament. They read scriptures in Leviticus about slavery and think God is pro-slavery, or at least the Old Testament is. So why read it? Why believe what is there?
“If you buy a Hebrew slave (one who sold themselves to pay debt, indentured servant), he shall serve for six years; but on the seventh (regardless of how much he still owed) he shall go out as a free man without payment.” – Exodus 21:2
This is God’s law regarding indentured servitude. (See also Exodus 21:7,20,26,27)
God desired that we not be indebted to anyone, but if we are, to work for the one who pays our debt, and then be released, because we are not meant to be in debt, or a servant to another person, except as a willing participant for the aforementioned reason.
Taking people from their homes is forbidden by God’s law, which simply says, “You shall not steal”.
So what now? Will you read the scripture more closely? I hope that you will try with all your might to learn and understand what the Bible really says, and believe that God wants for you to be dependent upon Him alone.
Happy Independence Day,
May God bless you and your family.