Devotional Reading: John 10:1-10; Background Scripture: Leviticus 25:8-55; Isaiah 61; Luke 4:14-21
Key Verse: He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:21
A few years ago, there was a popular book by Rick Warren, which focused the readers on their purpose for living. The Purpose Driven Life, which is still in print, challenged readers to move beyond and give soul-searching thought to the question, Why am I here? And Why am I here at this particular time?
More than 2000 years ago, Isaiah prophesied about oppression of the poor; yet he also spoke comfort and relief for those who were less fortunate. The text we are studying for this lesson, speaks of that very comfort. God never meant for any of his children to be slaves. However, when disobedience resulted in a natural consequence, god established a plan for relief. Indeed, god had a plan to set the captives free.
How can we rescue people from the various things/situations that hold them captive today?
In verse 2 in our scripture from Isaiah, the writer talks about comfort, but it involves much more than simply opening a prison cell. He is talking about restoration of inheritance. He is referring to the fact that God plans to grant, the people, the desires of their hearts.
This is really good news! What would our world look like, if all of us could fully grasp God’s mission, purpose, and love for us?
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