“The LORD looses the prisoners.”
“The LORD does not despise His prisoners.”
When God has prisoners, He does not despise them, but works with them so that they might be free again. Because of their rebelliousness, God cast the whole nation of Israel into a prison of spiritual darkness, but He loved Israel, and Jesus said in his very first sermon in Nazareth that God sent him to set the captives free (Lk. 4:18). He could have plainly told them that day that God sent him to set them free, but he knew they did not want to hear that. And later, when he did tell them, they were outraged: “‘You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’ They answered him, ‘We are Abraham’s seed, and we have never been slaves to anyone. How can you say, “You shall be free”?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I tell you that everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin.’ ” (Jn. 8:32–34).
The Father, through Isaiah, told the Son that the day was coming when He would “give you for a covenant of the people . . . saying to the prisoners, ‘Come out!’ And to those in darkness, ‘Show yourselves!’ ” (Isa. 49:8b–9a). And again through Isaiah, He spoke to the Son, and said, “I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness, and I will hold your hand and keep you hidden. And then, I will give you for a covenant for the people, for a light of the nations, to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house” (Isa. 42:6–7).
If you feel imprisoned by anything – sickness, spiritual weakness, a bad memory, or any unpleasant circumstance – please do not be discouraged. God does not despise you! He sent His Son to set you free and make you happy again. Just admit you are in prison, and Jesus will bring you out!