Set Others Free

Free to Be

What is it that God requires? Is it the careful construction of houses of holiness in which to live apart from those who are ‘unclean’? Is it the strict observance of religious ordinances and fasts?

“You ‘humble’ yourselves by observing the motions of penance,” says the prophet Isaiah, “by bowing your heads like reeds in the wind. You dress in burlap and cover yourselves with ashes. And this you call fasting. But do you really think this will please the LORD?” No!

“This is the kind of fasting I choose, to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of bondage, to set free the oppressed and break every yoke!”

~Isaiah 58:5-6

My freedom will only be complete

when all are completely free.

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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13 Responses to Set Others Free

  1. Great post, Mitch! Especially for us to remember to communally pray for those in our hurting world who are not free….emotionally, physically and spiritually

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  2. Kelly Anne Liberto says:

    Love this post!

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  3. Mike Cullen says:

    The Step 3 prayer, from the book Alcoholics Anonymous speaks of the bondage of self. Self centeredness , self absorbed and selfish…when I was able top relive myself from this type of bondage I became able , willing and humble , to better do His work and carry out His will
    thanks Mitch

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  4. Paula says:

    This is one of my favorite passages in Isaiah. Thank you!

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  5. I recently spent time digesting this passage. It continues to play a pivotal role in my life as a Christ-follower, who was raised legalistic. Legalistic– as in we kept our hands clean, we did not dirty them with the pain or injustices or poverty or …anything for that matter —especially others outside the church and for those in the church that had these “issues” well, we dared not speak of it. As we dressed in our Sunday best, we also donned a mask that was labeled “holy”. I discovered sometime during my high school years that this mask was in actuality bondage. It is not the life Christ came to die for. Though I believe the Lord released me from these chains, replaced them with His gracious acceptance and love (freedom), I still struggle to be me–the broken bits exposed– in church. This passage is where I am right now. It is what I need to essentially tattooed on my forhead. Thank you for a great post!

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  6. Ali says:

    Yes! Isaiah was prophesying to the people that all of those rituals and traditions were not going to save them. It was the Savior, Jesus Christ who would come and ransom all with one single and swift act of love. He was prophesying that all of those traditions were the means, not the end to the fulness of the gospel -which was Jesus Christ. They were merely there to prepare their hearts for the Saviors coming. Today we sacrifice our hearts and our whole souls. This is our modern-day sacrifice.

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