The next “proclamations” that Philip (the sent one) is supposed to make, are these two: “to proclaim liberty to captives…. and freedom to prisoners….” I kept asking the Lord about this… why say two things that seem to almost be the same… The Lord simply told me to just keep “looking at it”… So that is what I did. I looked at 20 different translations of those two things… and dictionary definitions… a picture began to emerge for me.
First we have liberty to captives … as I looked further and further at the translations and the definitions, I began to see captives as something very different from being in a prison… where a door needs to be opened.
I can be in captivity... I can be enslaved to all kinds of different things…. (drugs, alcohol, sex, religion, anything) … I can also be dominated by not just things but by people, systems, culture or whatever. All of that, is what makes me a captive and Philip wants to proclaim that there is liberty for one held captive by any of those.
A prisoner is one who is locked in a prison… behind a door… a prisoner must have a door opened for them… there is no other way out of that prison…. that is a different proclamation than liberty to captives. Philip needs to also proclaim that there is freedom for prisoners… that the prison door has been opened for them… that there is a release from that darkness….
I will try to make each of these real by telling stories over the next couple days… explaining my own experiences with both of these… and… of course… point you to the one who takes care of all these things.