Summary: THERE ARE MANY TODAY THAT SATAN HAS IN BONDAGE, BOTH IN THE WORLD AND IN THE CHURCH. ISAIAH 61 REMINDS US THAT WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE SPIRIT OF THE HOLY GHOST TO SET THEM FREE
SET THE CAPTIVE FREE
Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die;
HERE WE HEAR THE CRY OF A PERSON IN DISTRESS
A PERSON WHO IS BEING HELD CAPTIVE AGAINST HIS WILL
AS WE STUDY THE OLD TESTAMENT BEING IN CAPTIVITY OR A PRISONER WAS A WAY OF LIFE AT TIMES IT SEEMS
OFTEN TIMES ISRAEL WOULD FIND THEMSELVES AT THE MERCY OF THEIR CAPTOR CRYING OUT TO GOD FOR HELP
USUALLY BECAUSE OF THE HARDNESS OF THEIR HEARTS, AND FOLLOWING UNGODLY LEADERSHIP
Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee—The sighing of him who is bound. The allusion here is, doubtless, to those among the Hebrews who had been taken captives, and who “sighed” not only on account of the sufferings which they endured in their bondage, but because they had been taken from their country and home. The meaning is, “Hear those sighs, and come for the deliverance of those who are thus held in captivity.”
According to the greatness of thy power—. It is implied here that great power was needful to deliver those who were held in captivity, power such as God only could exert—power which could be wielded only by an Omnipotent Being. It was the power of God only which could rescue them, as it is only by the power of God that sinners can be saved.
Preserve thou those that are appointed to die—This might apply to those who were condemned to death; or, to those who were sick and in danger of death; or to those who were prisoners and captives, and who were, by their sufferings, exposed to death.
Once taken, Captives were often treated with great cruelty and indignity (1 Kings 20:32; Josh. 10:24; Judg. 1:7; 2 Sam. 4:12; Judg. 8:7; 2 Sam. 12:31; 1 Chr. 20:3)
When a city was taken by assault, all the men were slain, and the women and children carried away captive and sold as slaves (Isa. 20; 47:3; 2 Chr. 28:9-15; Ps. 44:12; Joel 3:3)
Captives were sometimes carried away into foreign countries, as was the case with the Jews (Jer. 20:5; 39:9, 10; 40:7).
Tortured under saws and harrows
2 Sam 12:31; 1 Chr 20:3
Judg 16:21; Jer 39:7
Lam 5:11-13; Zech 14:2
Yokes were placed on them
In Jer. 27:2; 28:10, 12. The yoke speaks of severe bondage, or affliction, or subjection (Lev. 26:13; 1 Kings 12:4; Isa. 47:6; Lam. 1:14; 3:27).
In the New Testament the word “yoke” is also used to denote servitude (Matt. 11:29, 30; Acts 15:10; Gal. 5:1).
To put one’s feet on the neck of an enemy is a sign of complete victory (Josh. 10:24). A yoke placed on the neck is a frequent emblem of servitude (Gen. 27:40; Deut. 28:48; Isa. 10:27)
THERE WHERE GENERATIONS THAT GREW UP IN THIS TYPE OF BONDAGE KNOWING NO OTHER WAY OF LIFE
HERE WE SEE GENERATIONAL CURSES AT WORK, BECAUSE OF THE REBELLION OF THE FATHER, THE SON HAS TO SUFFER
TODAY THERE ARE PEOPLE STILL IN BONDAGE
MAYBE NOT THE SAME TYPE OF BONDAGE THAT ISRAEL OFTEN FOUND THEMSELVES IN BUT, A BONDAGE JUST AS REAL
THERE ARE MANY TODAY WHO SATAN HAS THEM IN BONDAGE
IT IS AS IF THEY HAVE A YOKE AND CHAIN AROUND THEIR NECK, AND THEIR LIFE IS BEING CONTROLLED
THEIR BONDAGE TORTURES THEM, - THEIR BONDAGE ROBS THEM, - OFTEN THEIR BONDAGE BLINDS THEM
SATAN’S FOOT IS ON THEIR NECK, AS THEIR FACE IS TO THE GROUND AND YOU ARE BEING USED AS HIS STEPPING STONE
SADLY ENOUGH MANY KNOW THE WAY OUT OF THIS BONDAGE BUT CHOSE TO LIVE THERE ANYWAY THEY HAD RATHER SUFFER THE OPPRESSION OF BONDAGE THAN BE FREE
THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO SATAN TRIES TO KEEP IN BONDAGE
THEY ARE BOUND BE HEALTH
THEY ARE BOUND BY FINANCES
THEY ARE BOUND BY OPPRESSION
THEY ARE BOUND BY PAIN
THEY ARE BOUND BY CIRCUMSTANCES
THEIR BONDAGE CONTROLS THEM, THEY ARE A SLAVE TO THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES
AND THEN THERE ARE SOME TODAY WHO ARE IN A BONDAGE TO SEDUCING SPIRITS
THEY HAVE A SPIRIT OF JEALOUSY THAT CONTROLS THEM, A SPIRIT OF ENVY, A SPIRIT OF CONTROL
SOME HAVE A SPIRIT PF SOWING DISCORD
AND AS A RESULT OF THESE ENTRAPMENTS SATAN STILL CONTROLS THEM TO A MAJOR PART OF THEIR LIFE
BUT THERE IS GOOD NEWS THIS MORNING
THERE IS A WAY OUT OF YOUR BONDAGE
6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? 7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?