Some people think that my using the word “master” when referring to Michael is some sort of kinky code… ha! I realize there are people that participate in “S&M” and this language is used in that realm… but I assure you, that is NOT the case with my master and I.
Let me clarify that “master” is an honorific that shows respect, honor, and recognition of one’s authority or position. I use it to illustrate my submission to my beloved eesh who is the leader of our household (and also my best friend).
Some examples of folks who called another their lord or “master”:
- Abigail / David (1 Samuel 25)
- Joseph / Potipher (Genesis 39)
- Eliezer / Abraham (Genesis 24)
- Elisha / Elijah (2 Kings 2)
- The Shunammite woman / Elisha (2 Kings 4) who calls herself Elisha’s shifkaw (H8198 – female slave).
I am seeking understanding about how and why Abigail and the Shunammite woman call another man their master when they each have husbands at the time? I’ll just let that sit on the low burner of my heart – Yehovah will show me more in His time if it’s His will. Regardless, in both cases these women recognize a man of Elohim and revere him (as they should). They humble themselves and recognize their place under the authority of Yehovah’s man.
I recognized this in Michael – I saw that he was a man who was searching, wholeheartedly, after the life and truth that is given by Yehovah to those who diligently seek Him. He wants to know and walk in the ways of our Creator. His desire is to understand and walk out the torah of Elohim. When, by the grace of Yehovah, I was convicted that I was uncovered and not living according to the divine order set in place at the beginning of time, I knew I had to do something about it!! I came to Michael with desperation and begged him to take me under his wing – to let me be called by his name – so that I would be in line with the will and ways of Yehovah.
Does this mean that I am a “slave” to my master?
The dictionary defines the word slave as one who is owned by another person and works for that person without pay or a person who is strongly influenced and controlled by something. (So YES! Ha!) Okay, let me go on… it defines servant as one who performs duties for others or a devoted and helpful follower or supporter. (Note that practically everywhere in the Tanakh both “slave” and “servant” are translated from the Hebrew word “eved” which is a “male servant”. The translator’s discretion determines how this word is rendered in the final copy.)
So the words “slave” and “servant” are fairly similar – I think the biggest difference in the way it is played out in society is that a servant is often paid while a slave is not. (Note, this train of thought is only relevant for the 21st century – back in the day, most “servants” lived with the family in the household or within the gates. They worked for the master and in exchange they had provision, protection, and purpose.)
The Hebrew word for a male servant is “eved”. The female equivalent is called an “amah”. Then there were also “shifkhaw” who were generally the maidservants who worked in the house and served the “isha” – the mistress or woman/women in charge. These ladies are called “wives” in today’s society.
I wasn’t raised in a family that believed in arranged marriages (unfortunately), so my coming into being as Michael’s isha was a calculated decision because I am a woman who wants to walk according to the ways outlined in Torah. I want to live my life as a faithful isha…a help meet… an ezer kenegdo (H5828 + H5048)… an aid suitable/ counterpart for my ba’al (husband/master). The language is a bit different than we are used to, but the life that leads to peace is still available to those who walk according to the ancient paths.
I want to belong to a man following The Elohim – Yehovah. I yearn for the purpose, protection, direction, and provision that Yehovah’s set apart men can offer. Yehovah said man – eesh – will rule over me (Genesis 3:16). For me, I’m a mess on my own – I was created differently than man – with different talents, abilities, and skills. I can compliment him, but I don’t have the emotional, physical, or spiritual tools to replace him as ruler of my life. So I submit to the divine order that our Creator set in motion
Slave of Jesus Christ
I find it interesting that in the New Testament church, many call themselves a “slave (G1401) of Jesus Christ”… his “servants”…. JESUS is “master” (G1988)? How come that type of verbiage is accepted THERE but not here in “real life”? How come the same people who are on board with that language in the context of “New Testament” are so troubled when they hear it used as it was intended?
Part of the counterfeiting that keeps people in bondage to false doctrine is this separation from reality – this is making the way, truth, and life into something intangible (or into a some PERSON?!!). There is twisting and perversion galore in the NT. Please do yourself a favor and set it aside. Learn the foundation … the Torah …heck, the whole Tanakh is chock full of teaching, parables, warnings, history, and prophesy – it’s all you need. Once you master that – learn what Yeshua was talking about and then (if you still feel inclined), go back to the NT with new eyes.
I am not far into this archeological dig of the foundations of the bible, and I foresee that it will be a long time before I can get back (armed with knowledge and truth) to look at the “NT” to determine if there is real truth in it, or just bait – bite sized pieces which keep folks trapped – hook, line, and sinker – into a defiled commentary about true Israel. We’ll see. In due time. Not now. For now, I want to know the TRUTH which I heard that someone said will set you free…
I encourage you to read my master, Michael’s, series on “Adonai Is My Master”… learn what that word means and who says it to whom!
Regarding the grammatical value of the word “master” (and more), I found simple reality well stated in one of my master’s friend’s Facebook posts which said:
“Mr. is an abbreviation of the word “Mister” which is simply a variant of the word “Master”. A Master is the male head of household that holds the ability to use, control, or dispose of his property. Mrs. Is an abbreviation of the word “Mistress”. Mistress by definition is a female of the household that holds authority and power over servants. There is a reason these words have fallen out of use. It would be untruthful in today’s society“