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Deliverance from people or forces that are overwhelming. It implies a liberator with strength and wisdom to ensure true freedom. God’s physical rescue of the Israelites points to the spiritual deliverance obtained by Jesus Christ.

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When rescue is the only answer

Psalm 35:10 HCSB
My very bones will say, Lord, who is like You, rescuing the poor from one too strong for him, the poor or the needy from one who robs him?”
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God’s power to rescue in times of need

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God’s people cry to him for rescue

Judges 10:15 HCSB
But the Israelites said, “We have sinned. Deal with us as You see fit; only deliver us today!”
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God’s physical rescue of his people

From their enemies

Exodus 3:8 HCSB
I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and to bring them from that land to a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey —the territory of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites.
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The Israelites recognise God’s rescue:

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Israel’s enemies recognise God’s rescue of his people.

From trouble

Daniel 6:27 HCSB
He rescues and delivers; He performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth, for He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”
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From oppression


God’s spiritual rescue of believers

From the guilt, penalty and power of sin

Isaiah 61:1 HCSB
The Spirit of the Lord God is on Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and freedom to the prisoners;
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From the dominion of Satan

Colossians 1:13 HCSB
He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves.
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From spiritual attack

2 Timothy 4:18 HCSB
The Lord will rescue me from every evil work and will bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom. To Him be the glory forever and ever! Amen.

From fear and the fear of death

Hebrews 2:14–15 HCSB
Now since the children have flesh and blood in common, Jesus also shared in these, so that through His death He might destroy the one holding the power of death—that is, the Devil — and free those who were held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death.
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Rescuers sent by God



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Examples of people rescued

Joseph; Jeremiah

Daniel and his friends:

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