How to Treat Your Slaves (Exodus 21:1–6)

Part 1

Abide (Law)

God modeled the perfect picture of self-sacrifice so we could be freed from self-slavery.

Goal of all biblical interpretation: Worship


  • Consider genre/place in storyline
  • Think about original audience
  • Apply rules of genre
  • Take it to Christ

Genre #1-  LAW


Background info:

There are different kinds of laws

  • general (10 commandments)
  • specific (case laws: “If this...then”)

Original audience: Post-exodus, pre-conquest Israelites.                    


  • The Law reveals the character of the Law-giver
  • The Law exposes the human condition
  • The principle is the priority

Example: Exodus 21:1-6  

Original audience:____________________



  • What does this tell us about the Law-Giver?
  • What does this tell us about our condition? 
  • What’s the principle?
  • What about Christ?

Romans 8:3-4

2 Corinthians 5:14-15