Everything in the Torah (the Law) has spiritual applications leading to The Christ.
Everything YHWH says/does is for a reason.
Slavery was a way of life in those days and even still today in some countries. We know man has used slavery as cruel forms of oppression.
But among the children of Israel, there are very specific regulations for slaves or “bondservants”, “ebed” in hebrew. We are told a common reason for this servitude was in the case of theft.
Ex.22:1 says “If a man steal an ox or a sheep and kill it or sell it, he shall restore 5 oxen for an ox and 4 sheep for a sheep”. If the offender cannot make restitution “then he shall be sold for his theft” (EX.22:3)
So a man was not sent to a jail, but rather had to pay off the debt.
Another reason is if someone was poor and could not pay a debt (Lev.25:39).

WHY is all this so?

Here is the Spiritual Principle:
Both the offender and the poor man can be likened to us. Because of our trespasses we have been “sold under sin” (Rom.7:14), and for “the wages of sin is death” (Rom.6:23). We sin, our payment is DEATH, and there’s no way we can make a payment to change that!
The Torah , the “Instruction” is to NOT be like the masters of the nations. these slaves are to be treated well “For they are MY servants” saith YHWH, and you were NOT to buy or sell them for money. And “Thou shalt NOT rule over him with rigour ‘cruelty’ but shalt fear thy God.” (Lev.25:42-43).

Exodus 21

  • Now these are the judgments “mishphat” which thou shalt set before them.
  • 2 If thou buy an Hebrew servant, SIX years he shall serve: and in the SEVENTH he shall go out free for nothing.
  • 3 If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he were married, then his wife shall go out with him.
  • 4 If his master have given him a wife, and she have born him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master’s, and he shall go out by himself.


Six years corresponds to 6 days. Six the number of man and the number of labor. It also corresponds to the 1000 year framework of the Ages. Leading to The SEVENTH year or the 7000 Sabbatical Age of the Kingdom where those in Christ will have “rest” from the works of the flesh.
So, If the master gives the man a wife and family and after 6 years he leaves, he cannot take them with him.


To explain we can use the parable Jesus spoke of the talents, and likened it to the Kingdom of God (Mt.25:14). That master gave his servants talents and those that did good were allowed to stay but to the wicked servant he was cast out and the Master said “For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath” (MT.25:29).
You see, there is a spiritual lesson displayed here. We , in Christ are his servants, “bought with a price” (1 Cor.6:20). We look forward to the Sabbatical 7000 year, but not to leave….. To stay…..
  • “5 And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free:
  • 6 Then his master shall bring him unto the “judges” (literally “Elohim” God manifested in the Judges see Ex.18:13-32, also 22:8-9) … “and HE SHALL SERVE HIM FOREVER!!!” (EX.21:6).
You see, the master was to be Christlike, so the servant would not even want to leave!
Like it is our to desire. It is a “Type” of us and our Lord.
Furthermore if we read the next verse, under the Mosaic Law a man is allowed to sell his daughter! (EX.21:7)


Again, every single law has spiritual principles.
If a man was too poor to provide for his daughter and wanted her to have a better future, he could provide an opportunity for her to be Married into a more fortunate family. This was not just for social balance but because WE represent that woman! Before, poor and destitute with no hope!
But now there is Hope. We marry into the Family of God in our Baptism, in Christ.
But we all shall appear before the Judgment seat.
(EX.21:8) “If she please not (literally “is evil in the eyes of”) her master” she can be sold back to her father or sent away with nothing.

Or she can also be married to “His son” and she will be His daughter (Ex.21:9).

Whenever you see in Torah a relationship between a man and wife it always SYMBOLICALLY represents either YHWH and his people or Messiah and his bride.
And all her rights as a wife shall NOT be taken away, “her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish” (EX.21:10).
They shall be like equals. The 2 become 1. In a joined union.
John the apostle said “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM” (1 JN.3:2).
That we “may be ONE” with Christ as he is ONE with YHWH (Jn.17:11,22). Forever.
And Jesus said “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit WITH ME ON MY THRONE, even as I also overcame, and am set down with MY FATHER ON HIS THRONE” (Rev.3:21).
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