“If a man sells his daughter as a servant, she is not to go free as male servants do. If she does not please the master who has selected her for himself, he must let her be redeemed. He has no right to sell her to foreigners, because he has broken faith with her. If he selects her for his son, he must grant her the rights of a daughter.
Exodus 21:7-9 –
Interesting passage in Old Testament, a slave woman could go from being a servant and slave to a daughter with all the rights a son would have. If the son married the woman, his father the master was to grant her “The rights of a daughter”
This passage in Scripture is not promoting slavery as a particularly good thing but often in these times if someone owed a debt and could not repay it- their children or themselves could be forced to become servants till they repaid the debt. Yet the Spiritual significance we see.
Paul said in the New Testament, “We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. Romans 7:14-15 –
Sin has caused us to become slaves, yet Jesus said “Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
John 8:34-36 –
Just like the Old Testament passage speaks of, if the son of the master delights in the servant girl and marries him unto himself, she becomes at that point more an adopted daughter than a slave indeed as the passage states: “If she does not please the master who has selected her for himself, he must let her be redeemed.”
God here is forshadowing the fulfillment of what Christ did to redeem us, we indeed were slaves of things that displeased the Master, Our God. We were “displeasing to him” and the Son said “Wait father, I will redeem her and marry her to myself, I love her and want to make her a permanent part of our family”
Ah blessed truth, “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs —heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Romans 8:15-17 –
Jesus paid the price for our freedom with all the love and suffering he did, so we could belong to Him as Lord, Master, and the One who loved us enough to give us a new start to life.