This photo was taken at the "Dead Sea Scrolls and the Ancient World" exhibition a couple of days ago. The description indicates that it is a miniature Bible, chained to its pulpit (England 1890).
And I can't help but wonder when and where it was said that the Bible owns or belongs to a pulpit as its home. You don't really chained something in your house unless you are afraid that it will run away, do you?
Why would God's word, which is supposedly freely available to all, be chained in this instance? Do we wish to control God's word by restricting it to the pulpit ministry? Have we forgotten Isaiah 55:11 and the power of His word (Heb 4:12)?
"So is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and
achieve the purpose for which I sent it." ~ Isaiah 55:11
Is it also possible that we have chained the Word of God besides God's word, with our hearts and deeds? Is the Word of Life dwelling richly and freely in us that it is able to bring forth the Spirit of freshness? What should we do or how should we react when encountering the word of God and the Word of God? Can others see the living Word in us? Does the Word possess us?
Some food for thoughts.