Thoughts about Imprisonment
Imprisonment as a punishment for criminal behaviour is never referred to in the Pentateuch (Mosaic law).
However by the days of the kings this had changed. "The princes were angry with Jeremiah, and they struck him and put him in prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe. For they had made that the prison. When Jeremiah entered the dungeon and the cells, and Jeremiah had remained there many days, then Zedekiah...sent and took him out. The king asked him secretly in his house, and said, "Is there any word from the LORD?" … Jeremiah said, "There is." Then he said, "You shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon!" Moreover Jeremiah said to King Zedekiah, "What offence have I committed against you, against your servants, or against this people, that you have put me in prison? Where now are your prophets who prophesied to you, saying, ‘The king of Babylon will not come against you or against this land’? Therefore please hear now, O my lord the king. Please, let my petition be accepted before you, and do not make me return to the house of Jonathan." (Jeremiah 37:15‑20 NKJV)
A prisoner would be bound in chains of bronze or of iron. Sometimes his feet would be placed in stocks. (Jer.40:1; Judges 16:21; Job 13:27; Jer.20:2)
Jesus told his followers that many would find themselves in prisons as it says in Luke 21:12 (NKJV), "they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake."
JESUS is the REWARDER.
He pays us wages according to our service, good or bad. JESUS says… The one who loves Me, cheerfully gives of time, talent, and self to Me. Visit Me in prison or in nursing homes, clothe Me, feed Me, touch My diseased body or tormented mind with healing, give Me a home. As you serve others you will find that I have taken a towel and water to wash your tired feet...
"Behold! I am coming speedily; and my REWARD is with me, to give to each one as his work is."
Revelation 22:12 (Diaglott)
At The Name of Jesus
A Christian is happier in a prison cell with Christ than in a palace without him.
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