Manservants Maidservants and Obedience

46 And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. 48 For He has looked upon the humble state of His slave, For behold, from this time on, all generations will count me blessed. 49 For the Mighty One has done great things for me, And holy is His name.Luke 1:46-49 (LSB) 

Back in 2010 after John MacArthur published his book Slave, I read it and then wrote and posted several articles about it. In one of those articles, I posted something in which I focused on the Greek word δοῦλος which is translated as “servant” in most modern versions of the New Testament. However, it is best translated as a form of “bondservant” such as “manservant,” “maidservant,” or even as “slave.”…

The reason I remember it so well was I received one comment in which a person copied my text from my post into their comment and used the cross-out feature on the word “slave” that I had used and replaced it with the word “servant.” That was deliberate. It was a deliberate refusal by that person to see himself or herself as one whose will was in total submission to God in all cases. View article →