Isaiah 51:14 ” For where is the wrath of the oppressor? The cowering prisoners will soon be set free; they will not die in their dungeon, nor will they lack bread.”

The figurative use of the Hebrew word for dungeon in this verse gives the imagery of a pit in which snares were laid for wild animals. And in some ways, we have all felt like we’ve been sitting in a pit this past year…isolated, alone, and afraid. But we can take heart that the Lord wants to pull us out of this gloomy place…”To open the eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.” (Isaiah 42:7) For it’s the Lord’s compassion and mercy that says to the captives, “Come out,” and to those in darkness, “Be free!” (Isaiah 49:10) … that’s because God is in the liberating business…”Shattering the yoke of burden and the rod of the oppressor.” (Isaiah 9:4)

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