Keeping your word is a sign of obedience for a follower of Christ.
Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
Ezekiel 34:16 - But now you have shrugged off your oath and defiled my name…
Read - Ezekiel 25, Jeremiah 34, 21
Our word is our bond. Once you break it with someone it is tough to regain trust. Judah released its slaves according to the law of God but then put them right back into slavery. This not only broke trust with these slaves, it broke faith with God and was a sign of how the people felt towards God’s Covenant. Let us remember that when we do something immoral or wrong we aren’t just hurting people but we are telling God how we feel about His way.
Lord, let my yes be yes and my no be no.
The Israelites broke their covenant with God and also broke their promise to the freed slaves. Read James 5:12.
Slaves are set free only to be put back into slavery again. Sounds horrible, eh? This is a picture of the power of sin and the curse of our Marring as well as the ongoing struggle with the Misleading of our Enemy. God sets us free by the power of Jesus when we are Mended by His Sacrifice and we have an opportunity to serve God rather than our former master and its ways. When we do not we can find ourselves back into slavery once again. Remember, those whom Christ sets free are free indeed! (John 8:36)