05 January 2011

Slave by John MacArthur

In this eye opening new book by John MacArthur we have the chance to discover how "one word changes everything".  MacArthur shows us how the Greek word for slave (doulos) has been incorrectly translated as servant in most English versions of the Bible.  Our concept of slavery has been shaped and molded by modern times in the Western world and we find the idea distasteful, even appalling.  But, as the subtitle The Hidden Truth About Your Identity In Christ promises there are great rewards in being a slave to our King.

As I read about the Roman (and Hebrew) systems of slavery the New Testament came alive to me in a fresh way.  A slave had all of his needs for food, clothing and shelter taken care of and all he needed to concern himself with was doing the will of his master.  Isn't that exactly what Jesus tried to teach His disciples?

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

I would recommend this book to anyone seeking to know Jesus in a more profound way and to gain a deeper understanding of the Lordship of Christ.  As for me, I was purchased with His blood and am forever His, more willing than ever to surrender to His will and His ways.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.



Bev said...

what a provocative perspective. i attended john macarthur's church in so. calif. in the mid-70's when i was a new believer. his ministry was so much a part of my growth...he baptized me! wow, hadn't thought about that in a long time! thank you for sharing this and i will check it out...

NikoleHahn said...

I like that ending. I review for booksneeze, too. I've liked every book I have ever asked for and was getting worried that people may think my reviews are tainted. LOL.

Sounds like a great book!

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