Prison in Hebrew words are “cohar”, meaning round house or fortress. The earliest occurrence of the word “prison” is found in the narrative of Joseph’s life in Egypt the Jahwist. The term used, namely, cohar, means perhaps “round house” or “tower.”

It seems probable that among the Hebrews there were no special buildings erected as “jails” in the premonarchical period, and perhaps not before the post-exilic period, when the adoption of the civic institutions and customs of surrounding nations prevailed, on the contrary, there were probably public buildings corresponding to our modern jails.

In the Old Testament, it was often necessary to restrict the liberty of individuals who for various causes were a menace to those in authority, without inflicting any corporal punishment:

1. Joseph’s brethren were kept “in ward” three days, Genesis 42:19.

2. Shimei was forbidden to pass beyond the boundary of Jerusalem, 1 Kings 2:36.

3. The person who was caught gathering sticks on the Sabbath was put “in ward” pending his trial, Numbers 15:34.

4. Prophet Jeremiah was put “in the stocks that were in the upper gate of Benjamin, which was in the house of Yahweh,” Jeremiah 20:2.
While in the New Testament, “prison” generally occurs for the Greek word phulake, which corresponds to the Hebrew word mishmar, Matthew 5:25; Acts 5:19; 1 Peter 3:19:
1. In connection with the imprisonment of John the term used is desmoterion, “place of bonds” or “fetters” Matthew 11:2.
2. The same word is used in the case of Peter and John, Acts 5:21,23.
3. And of Paul and Silas, Acts 16:26.
4. But the more common term is also found in these narratives. In Acts 12:17 “prison” renders a Greek word which means “dwelling.”This would correspond to the modern “police station” or “lockup.”
There are two types of prison in life:
1. Physical imprisonment in which one is confined and locked up in a cell and free movement is restricted.
2. One can be free physically yet in the prison of the power of darkness. A mad person is free but his mental capacity has been imprisoned. Such person can move around if the state has not worsen to being bedridden but his health is in the prison.
3. Other prisons are prison of poverty, bad luck, oppression, backwardness, barrenness, failure, etc. Come to Jesus Christ, He will set you free. Only Him can set you free.

Prayer Points:-
1. O Lord God, silence every spirit of prison in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ.
2. Divine power that brought Paul and Silas out of the prison, bring me out of prison now by fire, in the name of Jesus Christ.
3. Divine mercy and favour that located Joseph and catapulted him from prison to palace, rest upon me now to take me to the palace of my life, in the name of Jesus Christ.

Have A Fulfilling Weekend!

Pastor Timothy Ogundele-Jesu

Pastor Timothy Ogundele-Jesu

Pastor Tim Ogundele_Jesu is a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and an apostle by the grace of God. He has been used by God prominently in the area of salvation, healing, blessing, and especially deliverance.

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