From the beginning of time, laid in the foundation of this earth, there is freedom.
Before the years started coming and going, before the seasons began to change, when Adam and Eve were created and resided in the perfect climate of Eden, God breathed His perfect, agape love into humanity’s lungs, and we were born.
The thing about God’s perfect, agape love is that it gives way to the other party; in this case, that’s us. Agape love, in its core, is a freeing thing. Take a second to read Paul’s famous chapter on love, 1 Corinthians 13, and you will find a trend of love bowing in humility and giving way to the will of another. If there is anyone who has to be in chains, love would be it.
Built into the Law God gave Moses is system of setting captives free (Deuteronomy 15). Every seven years, under the jurisdiction of God’s Law, ALL captives were to be set free. Every slave, every debtor, every human being under the authority of another… Everyone was freed. There were no exceptions. “The Lord’s release [was] proclaimed” (Deuteronomy 15:2), and all sins were forgiven among the Jewish people.
That was God’s Law. Everyone had the chance for freedom.
This is why there are countless Psalms about captives being freed. The Jewish people all had personal experience being set free, having all iniquities forgiven 100%, or else being the one who did the forgiving.
This is what “The Afflicted” had to say about this freedom:
Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord:
That he looked down from his holy height, from heaven the Lord looked at the earth,
To hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die,
That they may declare in Zion the name of the Lord, and in Jerusalem his praise,
When the peoples gather together, and kingdoms, to worship the Lord.
Psalm 102:18-22 (ESV)
This afflicted person (literally, only called “One Afflicted” as the Psalmist) wanted nothing more than to ensure the people coming after him knew of God’s sovereignty in the realm of freedom. He wanted to make sure that people “yet to be created” would know the absolute goodness of a God who “sets free the people who are doomed toward death.”
God’s aim on this earth, since Adam and Eve sinned in Eden and messed it up for the rest of us, is to hear the cries of the weak and weary oppressed. No human being was ever meant to own another, and no human being was ever meant to be owned. No human was ever meant to live under oppression in their bodies, souls (mind and emotions), or spirits.
We are living unhealthy, oppressed lives, yet without the power of God, we can never be free from them. We need to recognize God’s heart for us, that we were meant for lives much greater than the ones we live.
This is God’s Law: Everyone has the chance for freedom.
There’s a song by Jon Foreman I’d like to share with you as we begin this series together. It’s called “Your Love is Strong.” I’d like to highlight the end, where he sings a few lines that follow along the Lord’s Prayer listed in Matthew 6.
Our God in Heaven
Hallowed be Thy name
Above all names
Your kingdom come
Your will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven
Give us today our daily bread
Forgive us weary sinners
Keep us far from our vices
And deliver us from these prisons
Thank you for reading this post, friend. This is only the beginning of the Prisons series, and it only gets better from here on out. I hope this series will bring you the freedom into your soul we all desperately need.