Psalm 107,Study 10,The Captives Of Rebellion
Continuing with the second person of Psalm 107 with verses 10-16
These are different wanderers in differing circumstances and situations
Like looking down from the top of a high tower block and veiwing people as
they wander around in their busyness
Now this applies to the babylonian captivity here but in this the people were free yet
bound until the 70 years were completed
Much like Paul under house arrest , yet unlike the captivity of the jews, Paul was following the Will of God thus leading to his arrest, able to continue to live , yet unable to be free as
At these times of imprisonment during the testing times we have no choice but to submit
to the authorities, our own liberty and freedom is restricted with the permission of God
At the time while Paul was under house arrest he was able to write the letters to the Churches
of which there were Colossians,Philemon,Ephesians and Philippians
Think if Paul had not been under house arrest and was able to continue on his Journeys ?
Would the letters to the Churches ever have been written ?
And I wonder how many people have been helped and ministered to by these letters which
are now a part of Gods Living Word ! Philemon 1:1
Not to mention the people who were able to vivsit Paul during house arrest and who were
ministered too Acts 28:16-29
And so at times that seem the darkest and gloomiest in life in our weakness having no choice
but to submit to the governing authorities , God can use this weakness to the greatest beneifit
Paul referred to himself not as a prisoner of Rome but as a prisoner of Jesus, such was the
understanding that Paul had of submission Philemon 1:9 Ephesians 4:1
I wonder what authorities people submit too ?
Could it be wifes or husbands, workplace or home, children or goverment ?
The wanderers of this life submit to all manner of things and peoples !
Now in the second person of Psalm 107 we turn to the "spiritual" sense of "captivity"
But not to those who walk in darkness as in Isaiah 9:2 "unsaved " but rather those who are "prisoners"
Of Jesus who walk in the Light and submit to His authority Philemon 1:23
Romans 16:7 Greet Andronicus and Junias, my relatives who have been in prison with me.
They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.
This is probably Paul referring to his fellow workmen in the Lord who are prisoners of Christ
Jesus. Colossians 4:10 and
Timothy our brother Philemon 1:1
This man named Saul writing as Paul, who was blinded by the Light and who was set free , writing and using his roman name, to be all things to all people
A Roman citizen, yet submitting to a higher authority , not to the authority of Rome but to his heavenly authority
Building the Temple
"Then the fellow labourers in Christ "
Paul said "lest I labour in vain"
Here in this is the building of the foundations of the temple and the walls there of
As the fellow labourers were in prison , so too they cried out to God and sang His praises
with worshipful hearts Acts 16:26
Paul and Silas in prison yet their chains fell off and they were freed
Now note that Paul was not released from house arrest in the same way while in Rome
This was a different time and a differing season for Paul and time to reflect and write under
the submission of Christ
Before conversion Paul probably submitted to authorities under leaders above him as we all
do, even when we walk in darkness and being unconverted (submission is not refined only
to the converted) he knew submission and the rules of submitting
But once converted his over all authority is and was Jesus Christ over and above all
From that time onwards everything Paul did was with the guidance of the Holy Spirit
In everything he did he submitted to the authorities as unto Christ
A prisoner of Christ
Lead me not into temptation, that is to say "Do not lead me into a trial or test"
“But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. My feet
have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside.”
We follow Jesus and is it any wonder then that we should come across trials !
"Lead me not into a time of testing as you submit me to the trial - Lord Father God
But deliver me from the evil one whom is sifting me, that I may be a better labourer in
Your Kingdom Lord Father God In Jesus Name and so be it - Amen"
Psalm 68:6 God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the
rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.
THE Rebellious, yes the Rebellious
No doubt many "followers of the way" found themselves in prison due to nero's
persecution and Paul mentions these as literal events
Philemon 1:23 Colossians 4:10
But we also have "prisoners of Christ" in a spiritual sense
For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles--
Here as we see a reflection of The Will Of Two Nations,Psalm 106, Study 19,
Now we know that some are prisoners of free will and some being prisoners at Gods Will,
Some being prisoners against their will, yet more being willing prisoners and yet more
Some for doing Gods Will , some for not doing Gods will, some for following their own wills,
yet more for doing someone elses
GOD FOR THE SECOND PERSON
Remember that this Psalm is speaking of many persons as a second type
Imagine for one second if you were God and you were able to see all things at once
and all these people within the "second person" or type of
The prisoners in chains who walked in darkness "spiritual"
The literal prisoners in chains who were in darkness both "literal and spiritual"
The Prisoners who were and are in chains for preaching the gospel
The prisoners of God who walk in the Light
The Israelites walking and following God yet imprisoning themselves in their unbelief
Gods chosen in the land of Canaan free yet imprisoned with other gods
The exiled ones who were being held captive in babylon for a time
Job being a type of "imprisoned" person for a while
And so we go on....
Imagone seeing all these peoples as if all at once knowing what they were thinking and
Psalm 107 captures this "type" yet mere words can never comprehend nor facilitate
anything near the reality of "what God see's or understands"
Such is the limitation of the written Word , yet the Holy Spirit can bring revelation
to the Word ,be it only in part 1 Corinthians 13:12
How dark the rebellion that is worse than the sin of witchcraft 1 Samuel 15:23
This is Those who rebel against God in that they stubbonly refuse to heed or to
listen and persist in this way and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry in
1 Samuel 15:23
To refuse to listen and to continue not to take heed is to become exiled and made captive
to the very thing we otherwise follow and submit too
As Gods chosen were sent into exile they became the captives of the heathen nation
through worshipping the heathen gods of nations
To continue in this way is "spiritual death" to walk in darkness and to be as in the
"land of the shadow of death"
Therefore they who walk in this dark way will stumble and fall 1 Peter 2:8 and their
proud heart is made low Isaiah 40:4
But God still saves if they call on Him then He will answer Psalm 40:2
I will call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised and so shall I be saved from
my enemies (both literal and spiritual) the Lord lves and blessed be My Rock
He brings us out of darkness and breaks away the chains of affliction and misery
He raises us up and brings us up out of the miry clay and into the Light and sets our feet
upon a Rock
And the people who walked and who now walk in darkness will see and have seen a great Light
and that Light of the first day - that Light of revelation of Jesus Christ shines in their hearts
and iluminates the path ahead
He sets the captives free and restores the fallen temple
And builds us up in Him
Think of ways in which a person can be in chains
How can a Christian be in chains
In what ways can God release a person