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Anybody Want A LifeSaver?

“…deliver us…” from Matt 6:13 NASB

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This word ‘deliver’ caught my attention today. Most translators use the word deliver in this context, however the NASB uses the word ‘rescue’ for most of the other times this appears. In fact Thayer’s says that the Greek word ῥύομαι’ (pronounced rhü'-o-mī) means “to draw to one’s self, to rescue, to deliver.” I get the picture in my mind of a Life Saver on the side of a ship.

Jesus is standing on a safe place (OK – He is that safe place) and He throws us a lifeline which we cling to (OK – He is that life line) and He draws us to Himself as we hang on (but we have no strength for holding on.)

NOPE – scrap that – that’s not it – how about this.

God the Father is that solid, immovable, safe place, and Jesus is the Life Saver. God throws His only Son into the torrents and Jesus grabs us as we cry for rescue. He holds onto us and draws us back to the safe place, by His power, His strength, His hold on us. He is what we depend on for rescue. He is our rescue!

Here are 4 other places this word show up – check these out.

For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, (Colossians 1:13 NASB)

“then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment,” (2 Peter 2:9 NASB)

The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen. (2 Timothy 4:18 NASB)

and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come. (1 Thessalonians 1:10 NASB)

Check it out – rescued from:

  • Domain (or dominion) of darkness
  • Temptation
  • Evil deeds
  • Wrath to come

So Jesus, in the Lord’s Prayer instructs us to pray that Our Father deliver/rescue us from the dominion of darkness, temptation to walk in evil deeds, and from the wrath to come. Good prayer!

Pray this with me today.Lord, rescue us! [Tweet This]

Thanks for reading today. Hope this helps.

Ben

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