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Welsh Maid

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Do We Still Need Domestic Servants? 051013

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Psalm 97 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2097%20&version=MSG

Exodus 33:12-17 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus%2033:12-17&version=MSG

Revelation 22:6-9 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation%2022:6-9&version=MSG

Do We Still Need Domestic Servants? 051013

Somewhere, without noticing where I heard it,someone said that someone who thinks themselves very important and grand, had expressed as a solution to
the immigration problem, that we should allow as many immigrants in as were needed to supply domestic servants for those wealthy who desire domestic servants.

Inresponse a second grand person had responded that neither she nor her family thought of themselves only as domestic servants, but had a life and spirit beyond simply being a domestic servant, as they once had been, before rising.

As Christians, we should question all of this, for several reasons. First, what Christian would think it right either to be so wealthy, so lazy, so consumptive of earth’s resources as to even need domestic servants. Christ completely erased all human and living hierarchies—we are no better and no less than any other living thing. In fact, we were given the task in Genesis, at the very
beginning to care for and protect all of earth.

Further, as a Christian who dare put themselves in a social class above anyone or anything. We don’t get to rank ourselves in the grand scheme of creation. In fact, the more we can operate as servants, the better (except it is wrong to lower ourselves in anyway, just because we choose to serve—but we must choose to serve—and not be relegated to service because what someone else falsely believes.

Revelation 22 screams to us in Verse 8 and 9:

I fell on my face to worship at the feet of the Angel who laid it all
out before me. He objected, “No you don’t! I’m a servant just
like you and your companions, the prophets, and all who keep the
words of this book. Worship God!”

Bless the Rich, because they need blessing. Better to be an humble workeror servant or farmer than suffer the sins of wealth.

"When I was a servant in Rosemary Lane......

“When I was a servant in Rosemary Lane…” Image by Jean-Étienne Liotard. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Psalm 97
The Message (MSG)

97 God rules: there’s something to shout over!
On the double,mainlands and islands—celebrate!

2 Bright clouds and storm clouds circle ’round him;
Right and justice anchor his rule.

3 Fire blazes out before him,
Flaming high up the craggy mountains.

4 His lightnings light up the world;
Earth, wide-eyed, trembles in fear.

5 The mountains take one look at God
And melt, melt like wax before earth’s Lord.

6 The heavens announce that he’ll set everything right,
And everyone will see it happen—glorious!

7-8 All who serve handcrafted gods will be sorry—
And they were so proud of their ragamuffin gods!

On your knees, all you gods—worship him!
And Zion, you listen and take heart!

Daughters of Zion,sing your hearts out:
God has done it all, has set everything
right.

9 You, God, are High God of the cosmos,
Far, far higher than any of the gods.

10 God loves all who hate evil,
And those who love him he keeps
safe, Snatches them from the grip of the wicked.

11 Light-seeds are planted in the souls of God’s people,
Joy-seeds are planted in good heart-soil.

12 So, God’s people, shout praise to God,
Give thanks to our Holy God!

Exodus

33:12-17

The Message (MSG)

12-13 Moses said to God, “Look, you tell me, ‘Lead this people,’ but you
don’t let me know whom you’re going to send with me. You tell me,
‘I know you well and you are special to me.’ If I am so special
to you, let me in on your plans. That way, I will continue being
special to you. Don’t forget, this is your people, your responsibility.”

14 Godsaid, “My presence will go with you. I’ll see the journey to the end.”

15-16 Moses said, “If your presence doesn’t take the lead here, call this
trip off right now. How else will it be known that you’re with me
in this, with me and your people? Are you traveling with us or not?

How else will we know that we’re special, I and your people, among
all other people on this planet Earth?”

17 God said to Moses: “All right. Just as you say; this also I will do,
for I know you well and you are special to me. I know you by name.”

Revelation 22:6-9

The Message (MSG)

Don’t Put It Away on the Shelf

6-7 The Angel said to me, “These are dependable and accurate words, every one.
The God and Master of the spirits of the prophets sent his Angel to
show his servants what must take place, and soon. And tell them,
‘Yes, I’m on my way!’ Blessed be the one who keeps the words of
the prophecy of this book.”

8-9 I, John, saw all these things with my own eyes, heard them with my ears.
Immediately when I heard and saw, I fell on my face to worship at the
feet of the Angel who laid it all out before me. He objected, “No
you don’t! I’m a servant just like you and your companions, the
prophets, and all who keep the words of this book. Worship God!”

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