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Wednesday, March 21 2012
Delivery To And From Evil
The famous "Lord's Prayer" is a statement of truly repentant people ("Thy will be done") who are asking to be delivered from the world as it exists now ("deliver us from evil") until such time that the true Gospel of the coming Kingdom of God to Earth ("Thy kingdom come") is fulfilled (The True Gospel Of Christ). The prayer was about how to behave and what to pray for (see the Fact Finder question below). It is not something to be endlessly babbled or repeated - in the very prayer itself are Christ's instructions to "use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking."
"6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
"Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the Will of God and our Father"
The world becomes a very different place for those who truly repent. Repentant people remain in the world, but not of the world. God's people can see the world, for what it really is, now, and the deceived people of the world, for what they really are, now. The true people of the LORD are delivered from that evil, so "Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day." Why? "Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation."
"91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 91:2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 91:3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 91:4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 91:5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 91:6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 91:7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. 91:8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
But what about those who reject the LORD, or who misuse the Name of the LORD, calling themselves "Christian" (and hiring for themselves all sorts of smooth-talking religious harlots to spew what they've been told, or bought, to say), while disobeying His Commands?
"7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (Matthew 7:21-23 KJV)
From the verses quoted above, we see what their self-worshipping end will be - if they don't repent. But what about in the mean time - through all time?
Amazingly, the answer is found in the title Deliverer. As also stated in the verses from the Psalms quoted above, repentant and obedient King David referred to the LORD as his "deliverer." David used the term frequently:
"22:2 And he said, The LORD is my rock [see The Rock Of The Church and Appearances Of The LORD God], and my fortress, and my deliverer; 22:3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. 22:4 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies." (1 Samuel 22:2-4 KJV)
But as "The Lord's Prayer," as quoted above, or as stated by David, the LORD delivers, as in protects, truly repentant and obedient people from evil. But is the LORD also the Deliverer to evil, as in withdrawing His protection from evil? Yes. Examples:
"6:1 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years. 6:2 And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds." (Judges 6:1-2 KJV)
Those who claimed to be God's people, while doing whatever pleased their arrogance and self-lust, found themselves delivered unto evil, unto destruction - most often just by allowing them to destroy themselves from within by their immoral and adolescent behavior. But the reason for that wrath is correction - so that people may choose to repent and be delivered from their evil.
"9:13 And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this; 9:14 Should we again break thy commandments, and join in affinity with the people of these abominations? wouldest not thou be angry with us till thou hadst consumed us, so that there should be no remnant nor escaping? 9:15 O LORD God of Israel, thou art righteous: for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day: behold, we are before thee in our trespasses: for we cannot stand before thee because of this." (Ezra 9:13-15 KJV)
The purpose? "Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty. For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole."
"5:17 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: 5:18 For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole. 5:19 He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. 5:20 In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the power of the sword. 5:21 Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh. 5:22 At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth." (Job 5:17-22 KJV)
Notice when "deliver us from evil" happens - when people repent and stop being a part of the world's evil.
"97:10 Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked." (Psalm 97:10 KJV)
Until the return of the Messiah, the world remains under the evil illusions of Satan (see Sending Away The Escapades Goat and Who's Hiding On Your Wall?). That's what the "temptation of Christ" was all about i.e. " And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it." It was that world that Jesus Christ spoke of in His instructions for "The Lord's Prayer."
"4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 4:2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.
When Christ overcame, He provided the means for us to overcome "this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father."
"1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father" (Galatians 1:4 KJV)
This Day In History, March 21
717: The Battle of Vincy; Charles Martel fought Chilperic and Ragenfrid.
1188: Emperor Antoku acceded to the throne of Japan.
1413: Henry V became King of England.
1556: At Oxford, Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was burned at the stake as a heretic.
1788: New Orleans, Louisiana, was nearly completely destroyed by fire.
1800: After being driven out of Rome during a rebellion, Pius VII was crowned Pope in Venice with a temporary papal tiara made of papier-mache.
1804: The French civil code, the Code Napoleon, was proclaimed.
1844: The date set by "Adventist" founder William Miller for the day of Christ's return; when his prediction failed, he set a new date, October 22 1844, which also failed, becoming known as "the Great Disappointment" (see also When The Final Countdown Will Begin).
1857: An earthquake in Tokyo, Japan killed over 100,000 people.
1871: German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck opened the first Reichstag (Parliament) in the First German Reich (see also Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!).
1871: Welsh journalist Henry Morton Stanley began his famous journey to find the Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone (Dr. Livingstone, I presume?").
1917: Czar Nicholas II and his family were arrested by communist revolutionary forces in Russia.
1918: The Second Battle of the Somme, the last German offensive of the First World War, began (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1927: Nationalist Chinese forces of Chiang Kai-shek took the city of Shanghai; communist forces and local warlords fled before they arrived.
1963: Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay was closed.
1973: John Dean's "there's a cancer on the presidency" meeting with Richard Nixon.
1980: President Jimmy Carter announced that the U.S. Olympic team would not participate in the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow as a protest against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The U.S. itself thereafter invaded Afghanistan in 2001.
1990: Namibia became independent after 75 years of South African rule.