Central church of Christ 

New Smyrna Beach, Fl 

Sunday Bible Study, 9am.    Sunday Worship, 10am & 5 pm.    Wednesday Bible Study, 7pm.

Dealing With Issues: Oppression.

The unfair or cruel treatment of individuals or nations, which prevents them from having the same opportunities, freedom and rights as others. Oppression leads to the exploitation of the weak and vulnerable by the strong.


The victims:


1) The weak Ps 12:5 See also Ps 10:2; Ecc 4:1; Eze 34:4.


2) The poor Pr 22:22-23 See also Ex 23:6; Dt 15:7; Pr 22:7,16; 28:27; Eze 22:29; Am 2:6-7; 5:11-12; 8:4,6; Zec 7:10; Jas 2:6.


3) Widows and orphans Ex 22:22 See also Dt 24:17; Job 24:3,9; 31:21,22; Ps 94:5-6; Pr 23:10; Isa 1:23; Jer 7:6; Zec 7:10; Mal 3:5; Mk 12:40.


4) The foreigner Ex 22:21 See also Ge 15:13; Ex 23:9; Lev 19:33-34; Dt 23:7; 24:17; Ps 94:6; Jer 22:3; Eze 22:29; Mal 3:5.


5) Servants Dt 24:14-15 See also Ge 16:6; Ex 1:11; 3:9; Lev 19:13; Isa 58:3; Mal 3:5; Ac 7:24; Jas 5:4.




Examples of oppression

Ge 16:6 Sarah oppresses Hagar; Ge 31:39 Laban oppresses Jacob; Ex 1:8-22 the Egyptians oppress Israel; Isa 52:4 the Assyrians oppress Israel.




The oppressors’ motives:


1) Greed Jer 5:27-28 See also Pr 31:5; Ecc 5:8-9; Isa 1:23; 10:2; Jer 22:17; Am 4:1.


2) Lust for power Ex 1:10 See also 2Ch 10:14; 16:10; Pr 28:15.




God’s attitude to the oppressor

Ex 22:22-24 See also Dt 27:19; Pr 21:13; Isa 14:5-6; Jer 6:6; 22:3-5; Am 1:3,6,9,11; 2:1; Zep 3:1; Lk 20:47.




The experience of oppression:


1) It brings grief and crying to God Ps 42:9 See also Ex 3:7; Jdg 2:18; Ps 43:2; 137:1; Ecc 4:1.


2) The example of Jesus Christ Isa 53:7 See also Mt 27:27-31; Mk 15:16-20; Ac 8:32-35.


3) Following Jesus Christ 1Pe 2:21 See also Jn 16:33; Ac 14:22-23; 1Th 3:2-4; 2Ti 2:3; 3:12.