God’s Deliverance-Jeremiah 39:15-18

Jeremiah 39:15-18 “While Jeremiah had been confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the Lord came to him: 16 “Go and tell Ebed-Melech the Cushite, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I am about to fulfill my words against this city through disaster, not prosperity. At that time, they will be fulfilled before your eyes. 17 But I will rescue you on that day, declares the Lord; you will not be handed over to those you fear. 18 I will save you; you will not fall by the sword but will escape with your life, because you trust in me, declares the Lord.'”

Geremia 39:15-18 «La parola del Signore fu rivolta a Geremia in questi termini, mentre egli era rinchiuso nel cortile della prigione: 16 «Va’ e parla a Ebed-Melec, l’Etiope, e digli: “Così parla il Signore degli eserciti, Dio d’Israele: ‘Ecco, io sto per adempiere su questa città, per il suo male e non per il suo bene, le parole che ho pronunciate, e in quel giorno esse si avvereranno in tua presenza. 17 Ma in quel giorno io ti libererò’, dice il Signore; ‘tu non sarai dato in mano agli uomini che temi; 18 poiché, certo, io ti farò scampare e tu non cadrai per la spada. La tua vita sarà il tuo bottino, poiché hai posto la tua fiducia in me’”, dice il Signore».

     Jeremiah was arrested and thrown into a cistern to die but God had promised Jeremiah that he would live to see the Babylonians overtake Jerusalem. In the courtyard’s cistern of Zedekiah, God used an Ethiopian servant named Ebed-Melech, who trusted in the words of Jeremiah, to rescue him. Zedekiah rarely obeyed the prophetic words of Jeremiah but he had also seen Jeremiah’s words come true. Hoping for God’s favor in the future, he allowed Ebeb-Melech to save Jeremiah.

     As a result, God promised Ebed-Melech that during the upcoming destruction of Jerusalem, his life would be spared. As a servant of Zedekiah, he along with others, would be executed (Jeremiah 39:6) by the Babylonians but God delivered him because of his trust in the prophetic words of Jeremiah.

     In our time as well, judgment will come to a world that has rejected the voice of the Lord. But God has also provided a promise like that of Ebed-Melech; God will make a way of escape for those who trust in Him. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 gives answers to those who have questioned their fate in the coming judgment. Paul tells us that the believers who have already died and those who are still alive will share in the deliverance from the great tribulation. God honors those who trust in Him!

Prayer with me: Lord, I see in the Scriptures many examples of Your deliverance for God’s people during times of judgment. Help me to remain assured that when You come, we will meet You in the clouds and forever be with You.

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