November 25, 2019

From Slavery to Freedom

November 25, 2019


Psalm 117
Jeremiah 30:1-17
Revelation 21:5-27
This weekend’s scripture: Matthew 24:36-44


Jeremiah 30:8 – On that day, says the Lord of hosts, I will break the yoke from off his neck, and I will burst his bonds, and strangers shall no more make a servant of him.

From slavery to freedom is one of the three great spiritual movements. 

Throughout the scriptures are accounts of our God hearing the cries of the enslaved children of God and then God coming to their rescue. 
And throughout the scriptures we find theses ordinary prophets, men and women of God, reminding the people of this movement towards freedom. 

This was good news for God’s people during the time of Moses, during the time of Jeremiah, and during our times as well.   Now sometimes we find ourselves enslaved to addictions or bad choices or harmful habits or oppressive systems and we need to remember that we can cry out to God to rescue us.  But other times, when we are experiencing freedom, it’s our divine duty to listen for those who are crying out, so that we can partner with God in the rescue effort.


  • What prevents you from crying out to God when you need help? 
  • What prevents you from hearing the cry of the oppressed?


  • What do you think is more difficult: to receive help or to give help?


To the God who hears, sides with, and rescues those in need of freedom; free me from all that hinders me from following you fully; free me from all that hinders me from freeing others. Amen.