Proverbs 3 1-3-23

Have you seen The Chosen*, yet? We are in season 3 and really enjoying the mind blowing efforts of this talented team!

As we watched Episode 3, Jesus was reading the Scripture in His hometown of Nazareth,

16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
18 “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,
19     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor [Jubilee].”
20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Luke 4:16-20

Our passage in John 8 is very similar,

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”
34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed

When Jesus announced Himself to be Messiah (which is what He did in Luke 4:21), He was calling everyone to believe in Him. In believing in Him, He would set them free from spiritual bondage. It sounds a lot like what He read in Isaiah 61, doesn’t it? I find it interesting that the Jews answered Him that they have never been slaves of anyone. Were their ancestors not slaves in Egypt? Were they not slaves in Assyria and Babylon? Were they not currently under the governorship of Rome? But, Jesus was speaking of spiritual bondage,

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor [Jubilee**]
.
Luke 4:18-19

The first confession for all of us is to confess our spiritual bondage and our need for a Savior, namely Jesus. Unless and until we are willing to make this confession, we cannot turn from our darkness to the Light (John 3:21), nor can we break the chains of sin that bind us (Romans 11:30-32). We need the Son to set us free. He will set us free from our known chains, but He will also set us free from the chains that are hidden from us. These chains must be revealed before they can be dealt with, which is really hard on Christians, especially if they have been followers for any length of time. Yet, our vulnerability is the very thing that we need in order for Christ to deal with hidden sin, secret sin, and besetting sin. Church is not designed to be a museum, but a hospital where people go for help. May we be willing to accept broken and chained people–for that is what we all are!

Tomorrow we will discuss being sons (and daughters) of the heavenly Father.

Abba, how do we move back into alignment with You? Church tends to be a place where people come to hide (the truth about themselves from others) rather than a place to heal and be healed. Helping others break out of bondage requires that we confess our own bondage and seek help, too. Having victory is a daily thing, just like Your daily bread (grace). It is why You renew us daily (2 Corinthians 4:16). Thank You, Jesus, for your mercies; they are new every morning. Great is thy faithfulness! (Lamentations 3:20-21) Amen.

*The Chosen- “The first-ever multi-season series about the life of Jesus (and His disciples)”
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**Jubilee- Every 50th year, every indentured servant was set free, all land bought and sold went back to its original families, debts were forgiven, and land was “set free” (it wasn’t sown that year). See Leviticus 25.

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