Sunday, May 29, 2016

He led captivity captive

Jdg 5:12  Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam.

Deborah is singing a song of triumph and trying to get the Jewish leaders to awake to the victory and to sing a song of praise to the LORD. Our leaders need to awake as well, to praise the LORD to acknowledge his victories and to not hide the light of God.
This is the first time the Bible has the words "lead thy captivity captive." It was not only a physical triumph over the enemy but a spiritual one as well, for the LORD had delivered the enemy before his people.
Psa 68:18  Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.

This Psalm is prophetic speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ who ascended on high, taking captivity captive . This was the freeing of souls by his salvation given to men and women of faith. Thou hast received gifts, even the once rebellious were given gifts of the Spirit. Ephesians gives an even fuller revelation of the work of God through Jesus Christ.
Eph 4:7  But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
Eph 4:8  Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
Eph 4:9  (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
Eph 4:10  He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
Eph 4:11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
Eph 4:12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Eph 4:13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
From the prophetess Deborah to the apostle Paul we celebrate the victory of the LORD to those who trust and believe in him. Awake, awake, not to a cult, but to the true Living God and our savior Jesus Christ.

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