In Reference to Slavery


How could a loving God allow slavery? Wendy Pope sheds light on a dark period of human history.

Scripture: Numbers 4:1-5:31

Slavery is difficult to wrap our mind around. It’s especially challenging when we read about it in the Bible around the context of a loving God.

No matter what the subject matter may be, it’s important to read the Bible with one main thought in mind: God did everything for the good of His children. He would never do anything contrary to their best interest. Therefore, if something in Scripture seems harsh or mean to our 21st century thinking, we should read it again with the intent to see the benefit God has for His people.

Today’s passages inspired me to dig deeper. Re-reading these verses shed a different light on the subject and helped me come to a new understanding of God’s purposes when He made stipulations in the law for slavery.

Slavery was happening without God's consultation on the subject. Therefore, through His sovereignty, God protected those who were enslaved or would become enslaved by assigning laws. Like all laws, God’s intent was to protect and provide for a better life.

The bottom line is that we must trust and have faith in the sovereignty of our Lord, especially when reading difficult passages of Scripture. We can’t lean on our own limited and finite understanding of things as we see them. But we can have faith that God knew and knows best.

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