Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, Bound in affliction and irons— Because they rebelled against the words of God, And despised the counsel of the Most High, Therefore He brought down their heart with labor; They fell down, and there was none to help. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, And broke their chains in pieces. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
-Chain in Hebrew is written as chan which is used as a symbol of authority and identity like the gold chain placed on Joseph’s neck (Gen 41:42), high-priest (Exo 39:17-21), Israel adorned (Eze 16:11). Gold chains were also used in the temple (1 Kin 6:21). Chain is as a symbol of wisdom (Prov 1:9). Midianites placed chains on the neck of their camels (Jud 8:21-26). Chains were used to bound prisoners (Jud 16:21; 2 Sam 3:34; 2 King 25:7; Jer 39:7), as Paul was bound by chains (Acts 21:30-33; Acts 28:20, Eph 6:20, 2 Tim 1:16) and Peter (Acts 12:6), a demon possessed man (Mk 5:1-6). Paul like Christians are chained to Christ through the gospel (Phil 1:12-14, Eph 6:19-20).
-When King Nebuchadnezzar captured Jerusalem, he took away all the treasures from the temple and destroyed it. He also captured some Israelite’s as captives to Babylon. In dark prisons and dungeons; he bound them in chains of affliction day and night because of their disobedience to Gods’ word. They suffered for seventy years and when they cried out to the Lord; He rescued them. God delivered them from the shadows of death and broke their chains of distress into pieces. As it has been evidenced, rebellion to Gods’ word might bring about captivity causing spiritual imprisonment that manifest in life struggles. Like physical imprisonment; spiritual chains give birth to barrenness, stagnation, lack, physical retardation, death and other forms of challenges. But when we were still sinners, God demonstrated His own love toward and Christ died for us (Rom 5:8). We are therefore reminded to offer our thanksgiving and praise to God for His unending love upon us and to follow His word in obedience; as He calls each of us.
We thank You Lord our Father for loving us with an everlasting love that You sent Your Only begotten Son Jesus for the salvation of the world. All glory and thanksgiving belongs to You. For the many times we have rebelled against Your word Lord, forgive our sins and those of the whole world. Direct us in Your precepts and way of righteousness that we may come to faith in You Jesus; leading to life everlasting. You delivered the Israelite’s from captivity when they were in the dungeon; remember us Jesus in our various difficult situations and deliver us from the chains that capture us, by Your precious blood. Remember Lord all those who have court cases, prisoners and in spiritual chains; that You visit them, direct their paths and rescue us all by Your saving arm. Many among us are sick, struggling and waiting on You for various needs, may You hear and answer us all according to You merciful love. We thank You and give all the praise to You Lord for Your goodness and Your wonderful works in all the earth, now and forever. Amen
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