Friday, July 8, 2011

Keyword Search Results: Prison = 122 Biblical Instances

Are you surprised by the results of the title’s query?
I was.
122 times in the NIV bible, some form of the word Prison or Prisoner comes up.
You can verify this Here at BibleGateway.com.
Please do.
Go ahead and check it out.
You may be surprised by the way God used Prison and captivity as a lesson for His people.
Here is one of my new favorites:
 
God sets the lonely in families,
he leads out the prisoners with singing;
but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

Its one of those time when reading my bible takes on a new meaning.

to open eyes that are blind,
to free captives from prison
and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.

Do you get shivers when you read these?

The cowering prisoners will soon be set free;
they will not die in their dungeon,
nor will they lack bread.

The words of God in the bible are teaching me in a whole new way:

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
 because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners, Isaiah 61:1-3

How about now? Are these words getting to you?

As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit.
Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope;
even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you. Zechariah 9:11-12

Ever think God doesn’t care about prisoners?

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, Luke 4:17-19

Was that Christ speaking there? As foretold in Isaiah?
Then was He using a metaphor, or is it intentionally literal?

What if we are ALL prisoners? Prisoners in this world of sin?
And if so, how then can we expect to escape?
Isn’t salvation meant for us ALL?

Christ went to prison, as did John before Him, then Peter and Paul after.
They were beaten, chained, and made to suffer.
Can we expect to help others know Christ without being made a little uncomfortable?

Continue to remember those in prison
as if you were together with them in prison,
and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. Hebrews 13:2-4

This world is already more than a little uncomfortable for many.
To them, we can be the face of Christ they need most
because He came to free everyone from prison.

Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer.
I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution...
Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. Revelation 2:9-11

You see, some of us can expect prison because God has promised it.
But it is not to be feared, for afterwards we have a reward in heaven for all eternity!

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