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Take Up Your Cross April 23rd 2015

Are you being bound or restrained by the lure of sin upon your life?

And the army of the Chaldees pursued after the king, and overtook him in the plains of Jericho: and all his army were scattered from him. So they took the king, and brought him up to the king of Babylon to Riblah; and they gave judgment upon him. And they slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with fetters of brass, and carried him to Babylon. (2 Kings 25:5-7 KJV)

Nebuchadnezzar was wroth with Zedekiah and ordered his army to go after him to capture him and bring him before the King of Babylon.  The army pursued him catching up with him and binding him by the feet in cruel metal restraints called fetters as he was led captive to Babylon.

Joseph, Jacob’s son, was also bound and sold as a captive slave in fetters by his own brothers:

Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread. He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant: Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron: Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him. (Psalms 105:16-19 KJV)

Joseph was sold into slavery by his cruel brothers and was also placed in fetters.

History tells us fetters weighed about 5lbs each and likely made out of brass and were placed on both ankles preventing any easy escape from captivity.  These rough cuffs were a cruel form of captivity which often cut into the feet of those who were forced to wear them.

The Bible does speak of an instance where a devil possessed man could not be held captive by fetters as he was able to escape having enough superhuman strength to break the fetters and chains into pieces:

Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. (Mark 5:3-4 KJV)

Breaking out of fetters was not a common feat that mankind could do in their own strength but this man was in control of the devil.  God used His unlimited supernatural strength to release prisoners from jail who were likely restrained in fetters as well.

And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction; (Job 36:8 KJV)

Lastly, The Bible correlates being bound in fetters also as a picture of being bound in affliction.  Mankind can find themselves bound or restrained both physically and spiritually.

takeupyourcrossredocmclearWhen man makes a choice to live in the clutches of a sinful lifestyle they become wrapped up in sin and shame spiritually restrained and estranged from having a personal relationship with God.

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