Isaiah prophesied regarding God’s plans for redemption, of his people from the captivity of Babylon. The Assyrian army were extremely oppressive towards the Jews during Isaiah’s time. Much of the oppression and captivity which the people of God experienced, was due to their disobedience and sin. Despite their wrongdoing, God had a plan of redemption. “A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God” (Isaiah 10:21). God encouraged his people to be courageous, as he would take vengeance against their enemies.
“For in a very little while my fury will come to an end, and my anger will be directed to their destruction” (Isaiah 10:25). Although the people’s disobedience caused their captivity, God had a reward for their enemies. God also promised that the burden placed on the people would be taken off their shoulders. The yoke around their necks would also be destroyed because of the anointing. This burden related to the slavery and oppression of God’s people. Their state or slavery was also synonymous to a yoke or a chain around their necks.
Captivity in those times resulted in forms of slavery or servitude, where people captured were made to work for the captors. Even for those who were disobedient, God hated slavery for his people. God wanted his people to be free in order to serve him. Nahum also had a vision concerning the city of Nineveh who oppressed God’s children. “And now I will break his yoke from off you and will burst your bonds apart”” (Nahum 1:13). God loves justice, hates oppression and Jesus died to set the captives free.
Although forms of modern slavery exists in our world today, widespread forms of slavery against people from specific nationalities and ethnicities have been outlawed. There are also spiritual forms of slavery and bondage that keep people oppressed. The tricky thing is that many people aren’t aware that they are bound and even some people who do, don’t know how to be set free. This week we will delve some more into what the bible says about deliverance. Isaiah spoke about the anointing being an instrument of freedom.
Oil was used to confer ceremonial anointing in the old and New Testament. Some churches still use anointing oil for blessing and consecration. The anointing which we refer to relates to the power from the Holy Spirit. This enables saints to manifest supernatural gifting and to function at a level outside of the ordinary. It is this supernatural power which breaks yokes and sets the captives free. People have spoken about being supernaturally set free from addictions and habits that they struggled with for years. This was under the divine ministration of the Holy Spirit and through the use of spiritual gifts.