When I look at these words, "freely and without payment" my first thoughts concerning the meaning would be that they have to do with money or giving or getting something for free. However, out of the 32 occurrences of the Hebrew word "chinnam", there are only a handful that have to do with money. "Chinnam" means without cause, for nothing, persecuted for no reason. As I looked over all the occurrences as a whole, I began to section them together. Then I took those sections and finally saw a pattern come together. Each following paragraph will show a picture of Yeshua. Each one also gives instruction for service.
“Will you serve me for nothing?” That is the very first usage of the word. Jacob was asked that by Laban. Jacob’s price was for his bride, Rachel. Yeshua’s price is for His bride. Our price as servants and disciples is to continue to add to the body of Christ. As disciples, everything we need is provided. Without a cause, innocent blood has been shed. Because of our love and a healthy fear of God we, too, will serve for nothing. “Freely we have received and freely we give” is without cause. We receive, and without cause we give.
Then comes the persecution without cause. We are told we will be persecuted and reviled by men. Yeshua was persecuted without cause, and we are told that we will also be persecuted and reviled by men. As Yeshua was persecuted without cause, so we must be prepared for the same persecution without cause.
It is useless to continue without a cause. There must be a reason. We don’t serve for nothing. To be a servant and disciple we will serve with our whole heart. Our walk is not an empty one. Yeshua’s instructions to the disciples tell us how to serve. As we go forth as disciples, our service is not in vain. It is not simply worthless or without cause, because God's Word includes words of prophecy of where we are headed.
I found it interesting how Jacob worked for 7 years for his bride. However, because of the customs of ancient Israel he received the firstborn, Leah. (Could this firstborn be Israel?) Jacob agreed to work another seven years for Rachel. (Could this second-born be the Gentiles?) I found it interesting that Jacob only had to wait a week to receive Rachel.
Without cause we have received, and without cause we give.
[Paula McGrath successfully completed the year-long online course in "Ancient Methods of Searching the Scriptures." This article is the paper she wrote at the end of the course to demonstrate her ability in searching the Scriptures for depth of meaning].
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