I Will Deliver Thee
by Jim Murriner
Jer 15:21 And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the hand of the terrible.
At this time in our country we might find two very comforting things in this verse.
We can apply all that is said here to all the dangers which we face today, but I want us to look at the more deep meaning here.
I want us to look at this verse in light of our salvation.
I. First note who it is that will deliver us.
"I will". It is the Sovereign of the universe, the God of Heaven, It is the One who created this world out of nothing,
He pledges Himself personally to deliver His people.
Gen. 22:8 God provided Himself to be a sacrificial lamb.
“ And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.”
John 1:29 Jesus is shown to be the Lamb of God, or God the lamb, sent for the purpose of being the sacrificial lamb.
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
This is God fulfilling the pledge that He made in Jeremiah 15:21, because Jesus is God.
John 1:1 - 3
1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
2 “The same was in the beginning with God.”
3 “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made”
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:”
“I and my Father are one.”
Even when Jesus was about to be born He was said to be coming to save His people.
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
In our text verse Jeremiah 15:21 there is no mention of any effort of our own which may be needed to assist the Lord.
He considers not our strength or our weakness.
Noting also that God tells us that He will deliver us from the hand of the wicked, why then do we look to weak and miserable things to help us get to heaven.
“ But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?”
Trying to keep the law or trying to do any other good work that might impress God, is what the Apostle Paul, by the inspiration of God is calling weak and beggarly.
God has power enough to deliver us from the wicked, without borrowing from our puny arm.
Isaiah 64:6 tells us that if we wanted to do works to add to that deliverance which God gives, that we would not have the ability to do good works.
“ But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
While Isaiah by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit tells us that we have no good works to present for our own deliverance, we are told that God not only will deliver us with His stretched out arm, but is quite able to do so.
“ Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”
“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,”
Today if you are not sure that you are on your way to heaven, you must trust this one who, not only promised to deliver, but is able to do so.