Posts Tagged ‘Prison’


Genesis 40:1-3,12-14,18-19,21-23 Then it came about after these things, the cupbearer and the baker for the king of Egypt offended their lord, the king of Egypt. Pharaoh was furious with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker. So he put them in confinement in the house of the captain of the bodyguard, in the jail, the same place where Joseph was imprisoned… Then Joseph said to him, “This is the interpretation of it: the three branches are three days; within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your office; and you will put Pharaoh’s cup into his hand according to your former custom when you were his cupbearer. “Only keep me in mind when it goes well with you, and please do me a kindness by mentioning me to Pharaoh and get me out of this house… Then Joseph answered and said, “This is its interpretation: the three baskets are three days; within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head from you and will hang you on a tree, and the birds will eat your flesh off you.”… He restored the chief cupbearer to his office, and he put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand; but he hanged the chief baker, just as Joseph had interpreted to them. Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.

Another story that captures our imagination with wonder about Joseph for he is shown to have the awesome ability to read one’s dreams!

Joseph is quite the man because we have find him faithful, God-fearing, honest, pure at heart, sincere worker and now gifted too.

For a man with such great qualities, what joy was there for him to serve God when injustice was being served? (more…)


Revelation 18:1-3,8-11 After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory. And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird. “For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality”… “For this reason in one day her plagues will come, pestilence and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for the Lord God who judges her is strong. “And the kings of the earth, who committed acts of immorality and lived sensuously with her, will weep and lament over her when they see the smoke of her burning, standing at a distance because of the fear of her torment, saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’ “And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes any more

As I read chapter 18, my mind raced through the many countries, cities, power houses, etc. that could be referred here. Is it the commercial capitals of the world, the gambling cities, the largest corporations that drive the world economies??

Who could this great Babylon be and what could her sins be that God is so furious with her? Why is God so furious at this great city and what is He speaking to us this day through this great warning? (more…)


Revelation 9: 5-6, 19-21 They were not given power to kill them, but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man. During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them… The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury. The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.

Do you picture in your mind these horrid times when ugly locusts will swarm the earth to strike humans with painful bites that take 5 months to heal and then horses with fire in their mouth and snakes in their tails will also join the attack of mankind who fail to call on Jesus as their Lord and Savior?

All of this sounds more like a mystical movie than reality and I’m wondering if John did not simply make these wild visions up while he was imprisoned in the dreary prison island of Patmos? What is God speaking to us through this chapter today?

In complete contrast to the Jesus depicted here in the book of revelation is the Jesus who came into this world as a nobody, lived a wretched life that seemed meaningless to the Jews, poured out His love towards to lost, needy, sick and suffering and finally died a death that was both most painful and shameful for no fault of His.

Both are the same person who was fully human and fully divine while He lived among us and is now fully God living in the presence of His father in heaven. To Him who is the epitome of Love is given the right to judge the living and the dead. Being God in human flesh, Jesus showed that He had power over sin and sickness and life and death and it is before Him that all mankind will bow down one day.

These end time trials are to wake up those in slumber who live in the ‘Matrix’ of Satan’s world and who are lost in the sickness of their worship of themselves. We as humans are brought up to love ourselves before the world and to seek our own benefit. To find real life, we need to die to sin and live in Christ and that is not humanly possible.

It is only possible through Christ who calls us to invite Him into our hearts. He will come in through His Holy Spirit, cleanse us of our sins forever, robe us in the heavenly white robe and put His seal upon us calling us His own. We will then be spared of these end times tribulations and will live in hope and joy that only He can give.

Are you marked by Jesus’ love and living in the fullness of His love for you? If not, call on Jesus right now and ask Him into your life. If you are saved but forgotten your first love, call on Him today and live in the fullness of Christ that He might reign supreme!

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Romans 6:10-12 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires.

Revelation 1:17-20 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

“Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Today I begin a journey I have dreaded for a long while, a journey across the book of Revelation, a prophetic book written by John when he was imprisoned on the island of Patmos. My dread was that I would not present it the way God would be glorified but knowing that this is a journey that God has set me out to complete, I trust God to provide me the wisdom to understand and pen what His heart is on these visions.

Often I have seen painted pictures of Jesus and if I were to see another picture, it would not be hard to recognize Him or so I thought until I read John’s description of Jesus (v 12-16). The Jesus in John’s vision is not the Jesus I know from sight and as I read through the 1st chapter, I began to wonder why Jesus would reveal himself in such a complex way through images that are hard for us to imagine and numbers that mean a lot more than just being literal numbers?

John must’ve felt the same way when he was shown these mysterious visions and asked to record them. He must have know how incredibly bizarre all of this would be for anyone to accept after the simplicity of Jesus’ life here on earth just 60 years before the vision.

When Jesus placed His hand on John, His words were words John was very familiar with. When Jesus was on earth, He did say that He is the Great I AM, He did die a physical death that the world witnessed in Israel and was lifted up from the dead to sit on the right hand side of God The Father, He did tell His disciples that anyone who wanted to access the Father would have to do so only through His Son, Jesus Christ.

The reason for this mysterious revelation is that we are people with limited vision and understanding and like the glory of God which Moses had to be sheltered from because of the holiness of God, we cannot fully comprehend God or His ways which are much higher than ours. Our human minds cannot understand more than God has revealed to us but one day soon, we will join the hosts of heaven and praise God’s name or for those who never put their trust in Jesus, be a part of the many who are condemned by Him.

My prayer for you today is that you will open your heart and mind to Jesus and let Him take the reins of your life and direct you to His glory. I pray that we would not try to simply comprehend God and fit Him in our limited minds but instead explore Him to be filled by His love and grace that are sufficient for us.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Isaiah 44:6 This is what the LORD says—Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies: “I am the First and the Last; there is no other God.


Philemon 1:8-11, 15-16
Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, yet I appeal to you on the basis of love. I then, as Paul—an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus— I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains. Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me… Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back for good— no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord.

This book is only a chapter long and is a letter of appeal from Paul to Philemon, a wealthy man who owned a runaway slave by name Onesimus. Onesimus met Paul after he fled from Philemon, accepted Christ as His Lord and Savior and was now despatched by Paul back to Philemon with a letter which is our text today. Philemon was a member of the church in Colosse and Paul appeals to him as a Christian to another for the life of Onesimus and for his freedom. What caught my attention was the humility Paul shows in his request and the way he brought out the benefit of Onesimus in his new skin, as a Christian brother. What does this story have to do with us today? (more…)


Philippians 1:12-14, 19-21
Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly… for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

At our Bible study last Sunday, we learnt about the issue of complaining. The Israelites complained about how they missed their cucumbers and leeks back in Egypt and so God gave them so much manna and quail that they were repulsed by it. I fear that as a human, I will always be a complainer, a moaner and when asked what I want, I will always ask for things I desire. When we seek God, we are always asking and demanding and the focus is always ‘I’. Why is Paul’s motivation so different from ours and are we expected to be as insane as he was for Christ?

Paul talks about suffering as a blessing as did Jesus. Without suffering Jesus would not accomplish the greatest sacrifice of all and so also without suffering we cannot surpass the greatest challenge in our lives, US. We are instinctively selfish and care only about ourselves and our wants/needs/desires. However, when we are saved by the grace of God, we no longer belong to ourselves but to Him who saved us from death and destruction. We owe our lives to Him. In order for us to become like Him, we need to shed ourselves and that can only be achieved through total submission to Jesus Christ. That submission will cost us dearly but the reward is eternal. Are you in it for the here and now or are you in it for eternity? We cannot have the best of both worlds because Jesus reminds us that we cannot serve 2 gods at one time.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me


Acts 27:21-25
After the men had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.

Eventually Paul was sentenced to prison based on King Agrippa’s ruling and this began a treacherous but significant journey for Paul, the other prisoners, the guards and the crew of the ship transporting them. Against Paul’s advice, the centurion, based on the ship crew’s advice, decided to proceed to Phoenix because they believed it to be safer to berth the vessel there rather than Crete. Paul spoke up after many days of suffering in the storm and gave them an assurance of safety revealed to him by an angel of God. This might have sounded reassuring to those seeking God’s intervention or ridiculous to those who were cold to the very mention of God. What is God saying to us this morning?

We like to hear good things about ourselves and our situations and dislike being corrected. Paul’s initial warning might have sounded silly to anyone who had no faith in Paul or his God or to anyone who felt they knew better. Doesn’t that sound like us? We would rather focus on reading what astrologers have to say because they always have nice things for us than read God’s word which seems harsh and painful. God’s direction is like our parent’s advice that seems hard and painful but really is meant to build us up. We need to open our hearts and minds to Jesus through his word because through obedience to him, we have an assurance of salvation, forgiveness of our sins and an eternity in God’s presence whereas without him, we have the world and all the frustrations and disappointments that come with it.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy