Matthew 8:28 (AMP)
28And when He arrived at the other side in the country of the Gadarenes, two men under the control of demons went to meet Him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce and savage that no one was able to pass that way.
These two demons were shrieking and screaming when they saw Jesus. They even asked Him if He came to torment them before the appointed time.
These two men were completely possessed that they spent their time in the cemetery with the dead; no family or friends. They were isolated from all they had known in bondage; complete submission to these demons.
Exodus 6:5-7 (KJV)
5And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant. 6Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments: 7And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
Egypt represents the house of bondage
When the Israelites were in slavery by the Egyptians for 400 years, they had no control over their situation; the Egyptians had full dominion over all.
But it wasn’t always that way. If we recall, Joseph was second in command to Pharaoh and he allowed him to bring his father, his brothers, and all his family to Egypt and save them from the famine that was plaguing Canaan. The Israelites lived well for many generations, but then a Pharaoh rose up to rule and he didn’t know anything about Joseph or his brothers; this generation had died off. He noticed that this nation was multiplying and was afraid that they may some day come against him. Step by step Pharaoh planned his way in pushing them to a state of bondage that included unfathomable cruelty and death.
When we look at these two stories, we can see a similarity of bondage; one spiritual and one physical. They both possess the characters of cruelty and if in this state long enough could bring death.
By the shedding of Jesus’ blood in Calvary, we can be completely healed by any type of bondage. If you continue to read the stories in Matthew and Exodus, we’ll find comfort in knowing that there was deliverance in both instances and they were set free. We have that same opportunity today.
Romans 2:14 (AMP)
When Gentiles who have not the [divine] Law do instinctively what the Law requires, they are a law to themselves, since they do not have the Law.
Divine – Supremely good, Heavenly, Godlike.
Law – the revelation of the will of God set forth in the Old Testament.
Divine Law = Heavenly revelation of the will of God
When we don’t have the Heavenly revelation of the Will of God, we try to keep the Law as they are written; this is difficult for all of us. We try and try to keep the commandments but we get snatched into a few every time.
If we don’t have the Law in the Spirit, we try to keep the written law without spiritual discernment. We become a bondage to ourselves trying to keep the Ten Commandments, hence not keeping the Law at all.
Romans 2:25-29 (AMP)
25Circumcision does indeed profit if you keep the Law; but if you habitually transgress the Law, your circumcision is made uncircumcision. 26So if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the requirements of the Law, will not his uncircumcision be credited to him as [equivalent to] circumcision? 27Then those who are physically uncircumcised but keep the Law will condemn you who, although you have the code in writing and have circumcision, break the Law. 28For he is not a [real] Jew who is only one outwardly and publicly, nor is [true] circumcision something external and physical. 29But he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and [true] circumcision is of the heart, a spiritual and not a literal [matter]. His praise is not from men but from God.
We can’t try to keep all the outward appearance in check if we don’t have the inward being in check. Eventually, the truth will prevail and what you try to hide will come out. People will see the true you.
This is true of the Church; the body of Christ not a denomination. We have those who on the outside look like they are all together but are more messed up than those who don’t look all that great. AND we’re quick to judge them!
The Pharisees in Jesus’ day showed themselves to be knowledgeable and worthy of the Word and enforced onto others all that was written in the Book of the Law. But this was the same group who were the first to want to crucify our Lord and Savior.
Romans 3:20 (AMP)
For no person will be justified (made righteous, acquitted, and judged acceptable) in His sight by observing the works prescribed by the Law. For [the real function of] the Law is to make men recognize and be conscious of sin [not mere perception, but an acquaintance with sin which works toward repentance, faith, and holy character].
The Law was established in order for us to acknowledge our sinful ways not to take us back to a bondage state of life.
We can see in Old Testament times when the Israelites didn’t keep the Law in their hearts. They weren’t truly obedient and didn’t read scripture and implemented it as part of their life; they were bound to fail.
If we’ve tasted the goodness of God why would we turn back to the world? What’s so enticing that we have to take a bite of the world then run back to God when we’re in trouble? It may seem innocent now, but the more we continue that activity, the more we’re giving in to the devil and the more your flesh is feeding into that thing that will eventually put you in a bondage state; as the men that were possessed by the demons.
All it takes is for the casual thing we do once in a while become a habit. That habit will turn into more frequent encounters until the next thing you know, we’re lured into it and can’t get ourselves out. The habit becomes bondage and we become a slave to it.
Romans 3:31 (AMP)
Do we then by [this] faith make the Law of no effect, overthrow it or make it a dead letter? Certainly not! On the contrary, we confirm and establish and uphold the Law.
Uphold the Law! We uphold it by giving our hearts to Jesus, receiving his wonderful gift of Grace and walk in the Spirit as he leads us in all aspects of life.
Just as we can become a bondage to the Law, we can become a bondage to drugs, alcohol, sex, pornography, to name a few. On the other side of the coin, you can become a bondage to work, family, friends, etc. We have to balance our life and when we do things, it needs to be done in moderation.
The Lord wants us to have freedom and not to be caught in bondage. Let’s learn to find that freedom in Him!