Slaves in the household--what would happen?

by sd-7 4 Replies latest jw friends

  • sd-7

    "Who really is the faithful and discreet slave [class and its Governing Body], who the master appointed over his domestics [anointed ones, otherwise known as 'house slaves', as opposed to the field slaves] to give them their food at the proper time? Happy is that slave if the master on arriving finds him doing so. Truly I tell you, he will appoint him over all his belongings [the field slaves and all that they own]."

    So...let's follow this metaphor. Here is a slave, who just happens to serve food to fellow slaves. Some of them eat it up and think it's great, while others spit it out or refuse to even eat it. Feeling that his food is excellent, the slave begins telling his fellow slaves that the master has arrived, appearing only to this particular slave, for the sake of appointing him over the household. The slave then proceeds to give thorough instructions which he repeatedly claims are coming from the master.

    Many slaves obey, putting trust in this 'faithful slave', sincerely believing he speaks for the master. But the slave first claims the master arrived/appeared to him on one date, then changes said arrival to a date many years later. Most of the slaves who believe him do not find this unusual in any way, but simply believe the master is somehow transmitting updated instructions to the 'faithful slave' every so often. The faithful slave receives many such updates, which eventually leaves the rest of the slaves either too confused or overworked to give it much thought, confident to just keep their head down and work for the master, or...there are other slaves, who are somehow different.

    These slaves begin searching for proof that the master has returned in some way that is evident only to a select group. They realize that the master really hasn't returned, because the master said that none of his slaves would know when he would return; he left them no advance knowledge of that. They confront the faithful slave with this accusation and demand an explanation. Clearly unable to prove any of his claims, the faithful slave grows furious and orders these slaves thrown out of the household. When asked about them, this faithful slave says that these slaves were evil, unwilling to obey the master, and that they needed to be thrown out for fear they might contaminate others with their disobedient thinking.

    Such slaves might reason, But would the master return in such a way that most of his slaves would never know? Why would the master be so unclear in his instructions that constant clarifications have to be made? How does it reflect on the master if he, for lack of better terms, can't get his story straight, can't communicate his message or instructions accurately? Is he confused? Or worse, is he so demented that he enjoys arbitrarily making and then erasing rules, even rules that harm his slaves?

    This is wicked reasoning, some might say--no other household is working for the master except this one. Where else can we go?

    A slave who realizes this must make a decision. Does he leave the household and face uncertainty as a free man, or does he stay, trusting that his invisible master will correct matters at an unspecified time? Well, that depends on how many corrections need to be made, I suppose. At a certain point, one is forced to realize that either this household's appointed slave is good enough or if he is negligent in his duties--or worse, deceiving people about the master's intentions.

    That slave could choose to be a free man, and decide his own destiny, and call no one his master until he finds one worth the title. The to be a slave to slaves. Let's hope this slave chooses wisely. Will you?

  • snowbird

    It would be good for the slaves to recognize that ALL are slaves, and that only the Master gets to decide who's faithful and discreet.

    The examples below show that is what Jesus of Nazareth had in mind when he spoke the parable.

    Matthew 24:45 -47 "Who here qualifies for the job of overseeing the kitchen? A person the Master can depend on to feed the workers on time each day. Someone the Master can drop in on unannounced and always find him doing his job. A God-blessed man or woman, I tell you. It won't be long before the Master will put this person in charge of the whole operation.

    48 -51 "But if that person only looks out for himself, and the minute the Master is away does what he pleases—abusing the help and throwing drunken parties for his friends—the Master is going to show up when he least expects it and make hash of him. He'll end up in the dump with the hypocrites, out in the cold shivering, teeth chattering." MSG

    Luke 12:41 Peter said, "Master, are you telling this story just for us? Or is it for everybody?"

    42 -46 The Master said, "Let me ask you: Who is the dependable manager, full of common sense, that the master puts in charge of his staff to feed them well and on time? He is a blessed man if when the master shows up he's doing his job. But if he says to himself, 'The master is certainly taking his time,' begins maltreating the servants and maids, throws parties for his friends, and gets drunk, the master will walk in when he least expects it, give him the thrashing of his life, and put him back in the kitchen peeling potatoes. MSG

    Tee hee hee.


  • jamiebowers

    My dear SD-7, you think way toooooooooo much, but that's what makes you so smart and witty!

  • not a captive
    not a captive

    The giving out of food in the Master's house was not a mandate to open a restaurant to make a name for himself. The master himself had assigned work for his other slaves. Nourishing the fellow slaves was all the fds was commissioned to do. He had no business beating his fellow slaves for any reason whatsoever.

    The fds doesn't necessarily incorporate, does he? There is no indication that there is a group with a title. It is to speak of God's faithfulness that he testifies of that is the only food that is worth eating. To speak of Jesus--and to encourage others to look to the same. And to be patient and faithful themselves. Never to lord it over them.

    Mat. 23:8-10 warns the followers of Jesus to never call themselves Teacher or Leader. And they are never to call anyone else on earth "father".

    How does this work for the FDS at WTS?

  • TheSilence

    I have to say, the title of this thread led my twisted mind in a whole different direction from that of the thread itself. It was an enjoyable romp, though, thanks! ;)


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