Even from the beginning, God has built into His vast universe a spirit of freedom. He placed the planets, moons, evolving stars, and galaxies into an outward expanding outer space. The universe, after millions of years, is still expanding at a specific, uniform rate of speed with each heavenly galaxy maintaining the same relative relationship with each other. If this were not so, the universe would collapse with all of us in it. God gave His universe a spirit of freedom and independence of its own in which to operate. The universe has long operated in freedom of movement without help from any controlling power(s).
Likewise, when God created man, he created him also with the very same spirit of freedom which exist within the cosmic universe - (freewill). From the very beginning, God established the law of freedom within the moral nature of the universe. God also stamped His indestructible spirit of freedom into every structure of human personality. These two divinely creative powers, the law of moral freedom and the law of human liberation has been stamped into the soul of every man and woman.
St. Paul reminds us, “Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God...For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now” (Rom 8:21-22). Paul here is pointing out the liberation connection which exist between man and God’s cosmic creation, both having an innate desire to be free. Man is a part of the cosmic universe.
When St. John spoke of Jesus setting men free indeed, he was simply emphasizing God’s law of Liberation (John 8:36; Isa 61:1-2)). When St. Luke recorded Jesus, at the start of his ministry, reading from the words of the prophet, Isaiah, “I came to preach deliverance to the captives...set at liberty them that are bruised,” Our Lord was also emphasizing His Father’s cosmic law of Liberation (Luke 14:16).
This law of liberation and this spirit of freedom are of such heavenly concern that no ruler, power structure, system, or government can outlaw or overrule them. Any attempt to suspend, abridge, or obstruct these basic inherent rights of liberation causes divine intervention. Before God allows any defiance against His on-going purpose of love and freedom, He will wreck any power or system.
This is what has happened throughout the Old Testament history. God had always wanted His people to be independent and free, especially to worship Him. For some 400 or more years Egypt’s slave labor wheels was on the increase. When the unpaid and unappreciated Hebrews accelerated the wheels of the Egyptian industry to the point of no return, the work load came down heavy upon the Hebrew slaves. God’s enslaved people cried out for relief, He heard their cries and intervened. “And it came to pass, that in the morning watch, the Lord looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians… And He took of their chariot wheels that they drug in the mud and became stuck: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the Lord fights for them against the Egyptians (Ex 14:24-25).” God’s laws of freedom remain in tack. This God has continued to do through world history for those who claim Him as Lord. Contrary to popular belief, the Civil War, which set in motion freedom for the Negro slave was no accident when you view this event from the view point of God’s spiritual laws of liberation. God is taking off the chariot wheels of “Jim Crow”.
God is still in the process of taking off the chariot wheels of the Jim Crow South and North here in America. Only time will tell what moral effect, if any, the election of America’s first black president will have on the spirit of freedom for America’s black population.
God’s universal law of freedom applies to every aspect of a human’s life. Many a Christian have long been enslaved by many a bad habits. And if you have a bad habit which keeps you in captivity and you cannot seem to break free from it, a sincere cry out to God will eventually cause God to intervene. At this point, God may well start taking off “chariot wheels”. God’s chariot wheel justice may well include painful physical chastisement for the person being enslaved (Cor 5:5). It may well take the form of invisible physical and emotional healing of a disease not known to the person being stricken. In other words God took the wheels of the disease. “Chariot wheel” justice could well be God completely removing the evil, or person who is enslaving His child (1Chron 16:22). Will the Island of Cuba lose its wheels soon?
Those who may oppose God’s church “on the go”, may well have their chariot wheels removed and destroyed. We see this in the case of Sapphira and Ananias (Acts 5:1-10). Do you think America being in its worse recession/depression ever, is symptomatic of having lost its financial chariot wheels due to resisting God (Hag 1:2-7).
Moses came to the defense of his Hebrew slave brother, who, in a sense, was having his freedom taken away from him, and killed him. God then saw He could use Moses in gaining the freedom of His people. God also saw this freedom potential in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
If necessary, God will continue to take off the “chariot wheels” of pride, prosperity and accomplishments if we continue to oppress and enslave His Word and our fellow man.
“God died to make men holy” and “He died to make men free”. His truth of removing chariot wheels is marching on.