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But if the servant plainly says, “I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free,” then his master shall bring him to the judges. He shall also bring him to the door, or to the doorpost, and his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him forever. (Exodus 21:5-6)

There is something else very interesting about the law of the bondservant that isn’t so obvious by just reading the text. However, when you consider what is happening in this process, something remarkable comes to light when looking at it from a Hebrew point of view. It begins to take shape when the servant is taken to the door of his Master’s house. In those three words — door, house, and Master — is revealed an important concept and promise.

In Hebrew, the three words are delet (door), beit (house) and aluf (master). Each of those words are represented by Hebrew letters that are phonetically equivalent to their  respective words — dalet, beit and alef. When those letters are read as a word, the result is do’ve, an old Hebrew word meaning “abundance.” In other words, we are permitted access to the Master (alef) and become part of His house (beit) when we first go through the door (dalet), the Messiah. To come to Him is to enter into life, as He said: “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

There is something else revealed by these three Hebrew letters that is also confirmed by the Messiah’s words in John 10. If we were to reverse the order of the Hebrew letters and read it as alef, beit, dalet, a different Hebrew word is formed. The resulting word is avad and means “to be lost, or destroyed.” In other words, if we were try to get into the Master’s (alef) house (beit), without going through the door (dalet), we would lose our way. 

Messiah said, He said, “No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Furthermore, He said that anyone who tries to get in by a way other than the door is a “thief and a robber” (John 10:1). Thus, in the law of the bondservant we are reminded that Messiah is “the way, the truth and the life.” There is “no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). It is our mission to be His witnesses and to lead men to the door.

Blessings and Shalom,  






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