He Came to Set the Captives Free
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Jesus is concerned about the downtrodden. Who are they? They are the ones who have been bruised by life. The Greek verb means to break into pieces. The bruising can be both in body and in spirit. Many are broken and crushed spiritually and physically. to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.
Verse 19 will provide our conclusion. Jesus was anointed to “proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.” What is the descent that Paul is thinking about when he says, "he also first descended into the lower parts of the earth" (verse 9)?The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to publish good tidings to the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
On that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of the deep darkness the eyes of the blind will see.The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed, Jesus is deeply concerned about poor people. Here, Jesus means those who are impoverished economically. Does this mean that He is not concerned about the wealthy or the common people who are not poor? No, it does not. He just did not have to express that concern here. His audience would have understood that a leader would be concerned about those who are better off. By focusing on the most needy, He includes all who have needs. Thus, He begins by expressing concern for those who were despised by others. And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written,