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The Lawful Captive

Osadebe Ijeoma lawful captive

Isaiah 49: 24,25

Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?

But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.

Isaiah 49 vs 12 to 26 was my confession for this week and while I was reading it, these two verses jumped at me and I decided to meditate on them. Here is the lesson I got from it.

A lawful captive is someone who did something that ‘demanded’ that he be taken captive. He probably committed a sin or an offence. He may have been found guilty of a crime and the law demanded and ordered his captivity. Let us assume that his fore fathers committed a sin or were involved in activities which the consequences ought to be suffered by him.

Here, God is saying, “Yes. I understand that there is justification for your captivity. I understand that is something well deserved yet, I will contend with anyone who justifiably holds you captive.”

BOOM! What more can I ask for?

Could it be that there is no more justification to stay in bonds?

Is it possible that it is the state of our minds that keep us still in captivity because we make excuses for the reason for our captivity; believing that God is punishing us for a sin he no longer has account of?

Now, what will you do differently with this understanding that you have no limits, no bounds, and no chains?

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