In what words does the
Bible describe the bondage of Israel in Egypt?
"And the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and
they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the
bondage." Exodus 2:23. Compare with James 5:1-4.
Who heard their cries for
"God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with
Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob." Exodus 2:24.
What did God tell Moses
"Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto
me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.
Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring
forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt." Exodus 3:9, 10.
In giving His law to His
people, how did God describe Himself?
"I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land
of Egypt, out of the house of bondage." Exodus 20:2.
What did God do to
protect Israel against slavery?
"And if thy brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto
thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him
go free from thee. And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou
shalt not let him go away empty: thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy
flock, and out of thy floor, and out of thy winepress: of that wherewith the
Lord thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt give unto him. And thou shalt
remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the Lord thy God
redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing to day." Deuteronomy
15:12-15. "Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for
ye were strangers in the land of Egypt." Exodus 22:21; (See 2 Corinthians
What was one of the
reasons that Israel should keep the Sabbath?
"And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and
that the Lord thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a
stretched out arm: therefore the Lord thy God commanded thee to keep the
Sabbath day." Deuteronomy 5:15.
What proclamation was
made every fifty years?
"And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty
throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a
jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye
shall return every man unto his family." Leviticus 25:10.
Because Israel failed to
do this, became oppressive and forsook the Sabbath, what did God do?
"Therefore thus saith the Lord; Ye have not harkened unto Me, in
proclaiming liberty, everyone to his brother, and every man to his neighbour;
behold, I proclaim a liberty for you, saith the Lord, to the sword, to
the pestilence, and to the famine; and I will make you to be
removed into all the kingdoms of the earth." Jeremiah 34:17. (See also
Jeremiah 17:24-27; 2 Chronicles 36:19-21.)
What fault did the God of
heaven find with Israel's religious gatherings?
"Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all
your labours. Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite
with the fist of wickedness." Isaiah 58:3, 4.
What does God set forth
as the fast acceptable to Him?
"Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of
wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go
free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to
the hungry, and that thou bring
the poor that are cast out to thy house? when
thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself
from thine own flesh?" Verses 6.7.
Why did Christ come to
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to
preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the
brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of
sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised." Luke
In what condition are
those who commit sin?
"Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin." John
Why was Christ's name to
be called "Jesus"?
"And thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people
from their sins." Matthew 1:21.
What lies at the root of
"When lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin." James
1:15. "I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not
covet." Romans 7:7.
Which passage of
Scripture reveals that all men should have an equality of human rights?
"Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." Leviticus 19:18.
What rule of life has
Christ Himself given to guide us in such unselfish living?
"Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to
them." Matthew 7:12.
Who alone can remove the
selfishness from the hearts of men?
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name
under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12.(See
also 1 John 1:9.)
Who, alone, then, is able
to give to men genuine freedom?
"If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free
indeed." John 8:36.
What was the attitude of
Christ toward unbelievers?
"If any man hear My words, and believe not, I judge him not: for
I came not to judge the world, but to save the world." John
What attitude did Jesus
say should control all of His disciples?
"But Jesus... saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to
rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones
exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but
whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: and whosoever
of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of
man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a
ransom for many." Mark 10:42-45.
Wherever the Spirit of
God is guiding in men's lives, what is always present?
"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17.
What kind of worship can
alone be acceptable to God?
"But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall
worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to
worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in
spirit and in truth." John 4:23, 24.