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Introduction 5.2

This bible study gives many scriptures to prove that God has promised deliverance from all sin. The following scriptures are all to do with promises of deliverance, some from persecutions, some from sickness, some from sin, and depending on our interpretation, some could cover all three. The principle is that God has promised deliverance from all evil (2 Timothy 4:18), and if we regard "the wicked" as the Devil in a spiritual sense, then many of these scriptures point to our deliverance from any of his oppressions. In order to pray in total faith, we need to know for certain that deliverance has been promised. Then when we have the promise firmly in our heart we can claim it with confidence, because "all the promises of God in him are yes, and in him Amen" (2 Corinthians 1:20).


PSALMS 97:10
10 You who love Yahweh, hate evil: he preserves the souls of his saints1; he delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.

1 CORINTHIANS 10:13 (Paul)
13 There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.

2 TIMOTHY 4:18 (Paul)
18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me to his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Note: The word translated saints1 (Hb. חָסִיד, Htr. chasid) (Psalm 97:10) is an adjective which is often used as a noun. It is translated "saints" 19 times, which means "holy ones" or "sanctified ones", and is also translated "holy" (Deuteronomy 33:8; Psalm 86:2), "holy one" (Psalm 16:10; 89:19), "merciful" (2 Samuel 22:26; Psalm 18:25; Jeremiah 3:12), and "godly" (Psalm 4:3; 12:1; 32:6; 43:1). Certainly a holy person should have these characteristics; Paul did when he wrote "the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work" (2 Timothy 4:18), and if we are living a holy life then God will certainly deliver us from every evil work also.

#5.204 TO THE POOR

JOB 5:8, 15 (Eliphaz)
8 I would seek to God, and to God would I commit my cause:
15 But he saves the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty.

JOB 36:5, 15 (Elihu)
5 Behold God is mighty, and does not despise any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.
15 He delivers the poor in his affliction, and opens their ears in oppression.

PSALMS 34:6 (David)
6 This poor man cried, and Yahweh heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

PSALMS 35:10 (David)
10 All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like you, who delivers the poor from him who is too strong for him, yes, the poor and needy from him who plunders him?

Note: Any of us who are poor can claim these promises of God for deliverance:

(Job 5:15) "he saves the poor ... from the hand of the mighty."
(Job 36:15) "He delivers the poor in his affliction,"
(Psalm 34:6) "Yahweh heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles."
(Psalm 35:10) "who delivers the poor from him who is too strong for him,"

As God has chosen the poor of this world (Isaiah 66:2; James 2:5), then surely then he will deliver us when we cry out to him for help.


PSALMS 34:17-19 (David)
17 The righteous cry, and Yahweh hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 Yahweh is near to those who are of a broken heart; and saves such as are of a contrite spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but Yahweh delivers him out of them all.

PSALMS 37:32-33, 39-40 (David)
32 The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him.
33 Yahweh will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.
39 But the salvation of the righteous is of Yahweh: he is their strength in time of trouble.
40 And Yahweh shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them because they trust in him.

Note: "The wicked" (Psalm 37:32, 37:40) can be considered either as people, or as the Devil, who is trying to enslave Christians through fleshly sin so that he can render them spiritually ineffective:

(Galatians 5:17) "For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would."

However, deliverance is not unconditional. These promises to the righteous are to those who have God's word in their heart (Psalm 37:30-31 Isaiah 51:7), to those who obey God's word from the heart (Deuteronomy 6:25; Isaiah 48:18; Ezekiel 18:5-9; Romans 6:16-18), and to those who have the faith of the indwelling Spirit of Christ (Romans 3:22; Galatians 2:16; Philippians 3:9). Therefore, if we want deliverance, we must set our heart to learn God's word and to obey it. We can then receive righteousness by faith, and expect that God will certainly deliver us.


PSALMS 41:1 (David)
1 Blessed is he who considers the poor: Yahweh will deliver him in time of trouble.

Note: If we consider the poor then this is a promise that we can appropriate, but if we have surplus money in the bank, saved up for an "emergency", while the poor of the world starve, go thirsty, without clothes or homeless, then how will God deliver us? Or if we covetously spend our money on ourselves, pampering our vanity with beauty treatments, or expensive clothes, or collecting worldly possessions around us in direct disobedience to the words of Jesus (Matthew 19:21; Mark 10:21; Luke 11:41; 12:33; 16:9; 18:22), then how will God deliver us? Most of the poor are oppressed because they lack the means to supply their own worldly needs, but if we have the means to relieve their oppression and are not doing it, how can we expect God to relieve our oppression?

(Proverbs 21:13) "Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard."
(Proverbs 28:27) "He who gives to the poor shall not lack: but he who hides his eyes shall have many a curse."
(Galatians 6:7) "For whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap."

Considering the poor is one of the attributes of the righteous (Psalm 37:21; 37:25-26; 112:9; Proverbs 21:26; 29:27;  2 Corinthians 9:9), and if we do it too, then God will surely deliver us in the time of our trouble.


PSALMS 34:4 (David)
4 I sought Yahweh, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Note: Even if we consider that we do not fulfill any of the other qualities which carry the promises of deliverance, this one can be claimed by anyone who is prepared to seek God. How do we do it? (See #5.638 Note). Seeking God can also bring many other benefits besides deliverance from some oppression. It can obtain for us forgiveness (2 Chronicles 7:14), understanding (Psalm 14:2; Proverbs 2:1-9; 28:5), meekness (Zephaniah 2:3), righteousness (Zephaniah 2:3; Hosea 10:12; Matthew 6:33), justification (Galatians 2:17), as well as the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33; Luke 12:31), and rest (2 Chronicles 14:7). If we seek God with all of our hearts, then God will surely deliver us from all our fears, including any kind of sin.


PSALMS 34:7 (David)
7 The angel of Yahweh encamps round about those who fear him, and delivers them.

PSALMS 103:11 (David)
11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward those who fear him.

PSALMS 103:17 (David)
17 But the mercy of Yahweh is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children;

PSALMS 145:18-19 (David)
18 Yahweh is near to all those who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth.
19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.

Note: Sadly, not enough Christians today have a genuine reverential fear of God. It is clean and everlasting (Psalm 19:9), it keeps away evil (Proverbs 19:23), it brings upon us salvation (Psalm 85:9; 145:19), God's goodness (Psalm 31:19), God's pity (Psalm 103:13), God's provision (Psalm 34:9; 111:5), God's mercy (Psalm 103:11; 103:17; Luke 1:50), deliverance (Psalm 34:7), blessings (Psalm 115:13), and the fulfilling of our desires (Psalm 145:19). It comes through learning the word of God (Deuteronomy 4:10; 17:19; 31:13; Proverbs 2:1-5), by being obedient to God (Deuteronomy 8:6; 14:23; 28:58), through repentance (2 Corinthians 7:9-11), and through seeing signs and miracles (Luke 5:24-26; 7:14-16). It is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10), it gives God pleasure (Psalm 147:11), and when we have it, it will cause us to depart from evil (Exodus 20:20; Proverbs 16:6). Fearing God is an attribute of those who are obedient to God's word (Deuteronomy 5:29; 6:2; 8:6; 28:58), of the righteous (Psalm 112:1-3), of God's servants (Psalm 119:38), and of his saints (Psalm 34:9). Certainly God will deliver those who fear him - he cannot lie (Numbers 23:19; Titus 1:2).


PROVERBS 28:26 (Solomon)
26 He who trusts in his own heart is a fool: but whoever walks wisely, he shall be delivered.

Note: To walk wisely can be likened to walking in many other ways (See #5.616 Note 1), but sometimes people, and even God, are also described in scripture as walking with their mouth (Genesis 3:8; Psalm 73:9; Proverbs 6:12). So to walk wisely could mean to speak wisdom also. There are many scriptures which show that deliverance comes through speaking the right things (See #5.33; #5.628), and as it is an attribute of the righteous (or just) (Psalm 37:30; Proverbs 2:7; 10:31), then this is one reason why they obtain deliverance (See #5.206).


PSALMS 91:14-15
14 Because he has set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he has known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him.

PSALMS 145:20 (David)
20 Yahweh preserves all those who love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.

Note: Loving God is nothing less than total obedience to him:

(John 14:21-24) "He who has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me: ... If a man love me he will keep my words: ... He who does not love me does not keep my sayings:"
(John 15:10-14) "If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. ... You are my friends if you do whatever I command you."
(1 John 2:5) "But whoever keeps his word, truly the love of God is perfected in him:"
(1 John 5:2-3) "By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous."
(2 John 6) "And this is love, that we walk after his commandments."

To set our love upon God, the condition to be delivered (Psalm 91:14), means to set our hearts to be obedient to him, and if we do this, then surely he will deliver us when we ask him.


2 SAMUEL 22:20 (David)
20 He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me because he delighted in me.

PSALMS 18:19 (David)
19 He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me because he delighted in me.

Note: Who does God delight in? - those who obey his voice (1 Samuel 15:22), his elect (Jesus) (Isaiah 42:1), the righteous (Jeremiah 9:24), the merciful (Micah 7:18), and the upright (Proverbs 15:8). These scriptures (2 Samuel 22:20; Psalm 18:19) show that, if God delights in us then he will certainly deliver us when we need it.


DEUTERONOMY 4:30-31 (Moses)
30 When you are in tribulation, and all these things are come upon you, even in the latter days, if you turn to Yahweh your God, and shall be obedient to his voice;
31 [For Yahweh your God is a merciful God;] he will not forsake you, neither destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which he swore to them.

Note: Obedience is commanded everywhere in God's word (Leviticus 19:37; 20:8; 22:31; 25:18; Deuteronomy 5:31-33; 6:17-18; 6:24; 7:7; 8:1; 8:6; 8:20; 10:12-13; 11:1; 11:13; 11:22; 11:32; 26:16:17; 27:1; 27:10; 29:9; 30:16; 2 Kings 17:13; Jeremiah 7:23; 11:2-40), and without delay (Psalm 119:60; Proverbs 3:27-28; 6:3-4). It is the foundation on which we should build our future habitation (Matthew 7:24-27; Luke 6:47-49), it is a condition for our spiritual prosperity (Deuteronomy 29:9; Joshua 1:7-8; 1 Kings 2:3; 1 Chronicles 22:12-13; Job 36:11), and it comes before blessings (Deuteronomy 7:12-14;  11:27-28;  28:1-14; Jeremiah 7:23). Obedience to God is nothing less than our duty (Ecclesiastes 12:13; Luke 17:10), and it is also an attribute of the righteous (Deuteronomy 6:25; Isaiah 48:18; Ezekiel 18:5-9; Romans 6:16-18). If we are obedient to him, then God will surely deliver us when we ask him, because we will be able to ask in faith.


PROVERBS 11:21 (Solomon)
21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

Note: Just as in the past children have suffered through the sins of the parents (Deuteronomy 28:15-18; 28:58-59; 2 Samuel 12:13-19; 1 Kings 17:17-18; Hosea 9:16-17), so they have been delivered through the prayers of righteous parents (Psalm 37:25-26; James 5:16; 1 Peter 3:12). It would be a mistake, however, to assume that it always happens. David, who for most of his life had a perfect heart with God (1 Kings 11:4; 15:3), lost his son (2 Samuel 12:13-19) for his adultery with Bathsheba, and the murder of her husband Uriah the Hittite (2 Samuel 11:1-17). Job was described as "a perfect and upright man" (Job 1:1; 1:8), but all ten of his children died (Job 1:18-19). Nevertheless, the scripture indicates that there was something lacking in both of these men's lives at the time of their trouble, which accounts for their lack of faith to avoid it.


JEREMIAH 15:19-21 (God to Jeremiah)
19 Therefore thus says Yahweh, If you return, then will I bring you again, and you shall stand before me: and if you take forth the precious from the vile, you shall be as my mouth: let them return to you; but return not you to them.
20 And I will make you to this people a fortified bronze wall: and they shall fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you: for I am with you to save you and deliver you, says Yahweh.
21 And I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem you out of the hand of the terrible.

Note: In a natural sense, this was a promise that God made to Jeremiah, to deliver him out of the hands of the wicked people who he preached to. In a spiritual sense, any of us whom God has called to preach the truth of his word, could claim this for deliverance out of the hands of the Devil, who is both wicked and terrible (Jeremiah 15:21).


2 PETER 2:9
9 The Lord knows how to deliver the godly1 out of temptations, and to preserve the unjust to the day of judgment to be punished.

Note: The word translated godly1 (Gr. εὐσεβής, Gtr. eusebes) is elsewhere translated "devout" in the KJV. It is so used of Cornelius (Acts 10:2), one of his faithful soldiers (Acts 10:7), and of Ananias who was sent by Jesus to heal Saul and to lay hands on him to receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 22:12). It means 'pious', 'earnestly religious', or simply 'faithful and obedient', and if we are such then God knows how to deliver us out of temptations, and will do it.


PSALMS 18:25 (David)
25 With the merciful you will show yourself merciful; with an upright man you will show yourself upright;

MATTHEW 5:7 (Jesus)
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Note: These scriptures show that if we are merciful to others, then God will be merciful to us, which means that he will deliver us when we need it. Therefore if we are failing to receive the mercy of God to deliver us from any kind of sin, we should look to our own lives to see where we are failing to show mercy to others. (See also #5.17 and #5.208.)

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