40 Hebrew Words for Forty Days - Day 38
The Hebrew noun עֶבֶד (‘eved) means ‘servant or slave’ and its verbal form is עָבַד (‘avad). עֶבֶד (‘eved) is used in the Old Testament to denote ‘a slave, servant, subjects, high rank subordinates, worshippers of God, individuals chosen by God, people of Israel, kings, prophets, etc.
In the New Testament Jesus Christ insists that ‘whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant (διάκονος - diakonos) and whoever wants to be first must be your slave (δουλος – doulos).’
‘Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom to many.’ Moreover, by washing disciples’ feet Jesus has set an example of ‘servant leadership.’
Source: BDB, KAHAL, TDOT
Dr. Aravind Jeyakumar Moniraj is serving as the Associate Professor and HOD, Department of Old Testament at Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute in Chennai.
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