Metaphysical meaning of Ebed (mbd)
Ebed, e'-bed (Heb.)--worker, i.e., one who works for another; laborer; servant; slave.
a Father of Gaal; Gaal aided the men of Shechem in opposing Abimelech (Judg. 9:26-31). In order to become ruler, or judge, over Israel, Abimelech had slain all his brothers except the youngest one, who escaped. b An Ebed returned with Ezra from the captivity in Babylon (Ezra 8:6).
Service is good but it should always be done freely in love to God and man; it should be prompted by the idea of divine sonship, rather than by the thought of servitude. If we get the thought of serving from the standpoint of a hired laborer, servant, or slave, our ministry becomes a burden and we are not blessed thereby. This is the Ebed type of service. When directed against error it does not come to fruition; it miscarries (Gaal); it does not lead to real overcoming.