7 Jehovah Mephalte, Our Deliverer, Part One

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Romans 7:24 KJV O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

When we talked about the God of righteousness, Jehovah Tsidkenu, we found that this awesome God can tolerate no sinful condition in his presence.  And man…has no claim to righteousness.  Romans 3:10-18    As it is written:  “There is no one righteous, not even one; 11 there is no one who understands;     there is no one who seeks God.  12 All have turned away; they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. 13 Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips.  14 Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 ruin and misery mark their ways, 17 and the way of peace they do not know. 18     There is no fear of God before their eyes.

Sobering, gut wrenching news!  Abraham, the father of the Jewish nation, favored by God was not a righteous man.  Righteousness was given him because of his faith in what God told him.  Not one human being has sought God, understands God, or even wants God.  Gentile and Jew have turned away from Him.  We do not even want to obey God and we are of absolutely no use to him.  There is no hope.  Or is there?  Now for the rest of the story,

God has a history in the role of deliverer. Without God our struggle in our own strength is doomed to failure.  Romans 8:25  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. God has provided deliverance.  Looking at the definition of the word “deliverer, we can find many instances of God in his holy role as Jehovah Mephalte, deliverer of his people. The definition of deliverer in Webster made me ask;   “How does God meet these definitions?”  We will discuss how Jesus meets this definition in another segment.

The definition of deliverer:

1.       to set free:

God had promised to deliver the Israelites from their exile in a strange land many years before the slavery of that nation occurred. The only hope for deliverance from the Hebrew exile was through the promise given to Abraham that his descendants would be made slaves in a strange land but that he would deliver them from that bondage.  Genesis 15:13-14   “Then the Lord said to him, ‘Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. 14 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions’.”

Read Exodus 6:6-8.  How did God act as Jehovah Mephalte in this verse?  From your previous experience in the word of God, was this promise of deliverance kept?  How many times does the phrase I will appear in this text?

These are the seven “I wills of redemption.  (J Vernon McGee, Through the Bible)

a)    I will bring you out from under your burden.  God will deliver us from the burden of sin.

b)    I will redeem you with outstretched arms.  God is reaching for us with love and longing.  He has a plan to salvage us from our sins, but he must come to him for it.

c)    I will take you to me for a people.  He not only has plans to save us; he has plans for our future.

d)    I will be to you a God.  He chose us before the foundation of the world.  “He does not struggle to love His own in spite of their failures, God love his own because it is His nature to love.  He wants to be our God.”  (J Vernon McGee.)

e)     I will bring you into the land.   These “I wills” are a picture of what God wants to do for us.  The Old Testament is a picture, an arrow, pointing to Christ.  The land that was promised to the Israelites was Canaan.  For us, it is a picture of the Christian life as we should be living it.  We are given all spiritual blessings.  The Holy Spirit gives us the power to utilize and enjoy them.  Ephesians 4:1, And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, Ephesians 54:1-2 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

  f)      And I will give you the land for a heritage.  Our heritage is our salvation and it involves so much more than we realize.  We have access to God; The Holy Spirit to strengthen us and teach us, God’s love is real.  We have been delivered from the wrath we deserve.  We have been justified and have peace with him and in our hearts if we will just receive it.

  1.  to take and hand over to or leave for another: convey <deliver a package>hand over, surrender

Read  Exodus 23:30-31, Romans 3:24, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 4:3, Romans 5:13,18-21, Exodus 20:3-17. 

From these verses make a list of ways God has acted as Jehovah Mephalte, the Lord our Deliverer by taking, handing over, or conveying something?  Can you think of others?  Write them and the Bible verses to share with others.

He has no reason to justify us.  He freely gives us grace, his unmerited favor, because we need it. We receive his grace, through faith, which is also given if we listen to the word of God.

Adam’s sin, his disobedience brought condemnation and death.  The infinite Christ’s one act of obedience brought righteousness and life eternal.

3.  to assist in giving birth

Read 1 Samuel 1:1-9, Gen. 25:23, Genesis 17:15-16.  .  From your reading of the above verses, discuss how God acted as deliverer in the lives of these three women.

Jehovah Mephalte is merciful, all seeing, and all powerful.  Being a deliverer is just one characteristic of Yahweh.  He is interested in delivering us from our personal problems and stress.

4.       to send (something aimed or guided) to an intended target or destination:

God is a deliverer in this sense also for he delivers his word to his people.  Each time he gives his word, he also has a definite target or destination for his word as well as a definite purpose.

Read Jonah 1:1, What was the word given to Jonah and what was its intended target.

Read 1 Kings 17:1 What word did God give to Elijah and who was the target?

God also sent word to Elijah on at least two other occasions for another purpose.

Read 1 Kings 17:2-15, What did God say to Elijah and why? What did God send to Elijah other than his word?

Read 1 Kings 17:16-38. Who did God send Elijah to and why?

1 Kings 17:16-38 tells the story of a confrontation between the priest of Baal and The God of Elijah.  The verses that concern us as we define our deliver are 1 Kings 17:31-38.

Read 1 Kings 17:31-38.   What did God send to Elijah that ensured his victory over the priest of Baal?

Elijah was sent to deliver God’s opposition to the worship of Baal and those who were participating in that worship.  He was given words of prophesy and signs of great wonder to verify his rebukes from God. God also sent word to Elijah advising him as to where he could find protection and sustenance from his enemies.

5.  to come through with: produce <can deliver the best results>

God always delivers.  He can be counted on to follow through on his promises.  Many stories in the Bible talk about God answering prayers.  Abraham would be the first to declare that God always delivers on his promises.

Daniel, a prisoner of Nebuchadnezzar, was expected enter the kings service after being trained in the ways of Babylon.  This included the worship of strange Gods, idols, which Daniel knew was forbidden in his own religion.  Daniel 1:88 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the king’s dainties, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.  He retained his faith in the most high God and was rewarded with wisdom and good health.  Later we read of the kings perplexing dreams, which only Daniel was able to interpret through revelation from God.

 Read Daniel 2:47-49 47 God sent the dreams to Pharaoh as a warning and he sent the answers to his faithful servant Daniel.  What was the result?

6.  to produce the promised, desired, or expected results:

God delivered Noah and his family and sent them out to repopulate the earth.  Abraham received the promised son.  Israel received the promised land, at least all of it that they were brave enough to take.

Read Joshua 5:13-15, Joshua 6:2.  Joshua 6:20.

The people marched around the city of Jericho as they were instructed.  I wonder if they knew what was going to happen.  Certainly the people of Jericho did not know. What was promised? What was the desired result of God’s instructions and did it come to pass.

How dumbfounded they must have been.  They got the desired results from Jehovah Mephalte.  All they had to do was rush through the broken walls and take the city.  He had delivered what he had promised.

7.  rescuer:

Read Revelation 13:8.  Who was to rescue mankind?

Jesus is the fireman, the policeman, the Coast Guard.  He is the Marine, the foot soldier, the Navy and the Air Force.  He alone can save us.

The plan of the Trinity (Elohim) before the world began was to save mankind. Jesus is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.  The blood of this sacrifice streams throughout the stories of the Bible.  The plan to rescue mankind involved all members of the Godhead.  The Father would give His Son to be the sacrifice.  Jesus would be the innocent sacrifice who would die to pay the penalty for the sin of man.   His blood would be offered to cover man and provide the justification necessary for him to enter the kingdom of heaven acceptable to God because of what Christ had accomplished on the cross.  John 3:16; 10:17-18 The Holy Spirit would provide the line of communication between God and men.  He would teach men the knowledge and power of the grace that was offered to whoever would come.

And of course Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego, and Daniel in the Lion’s den.  God personally entered the fiery furnace to rescue them and shut the mouths of the lions to deliver Daniel.

8.   Preserver

Psalm 12:7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever.

Read   Psalm 31:23NIV. Psalm 41:1-3NIV Psalm 97:10 ASV Who does the Lord preserve?

Though we might fail in our walk with God, he does not forsake us but instead preserves us.     Our souls are protected by Jehovah Mephalte.

And my favorite…Psalm 116:6. The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.   I love this verse because it refers to me personally and I am grateful he thought to preserve the simple.

Jehovah Mephalte, The Lord Our Deliverer; how I need him.  He sets me free, delivers his word to me, and conveys grace and favor to me.  He assists women in giving birth.  He always keeps his promises and his word produces results.  He personally enters the fiery furnace of our trouble and iniquity to save us.  He always delivers the promised, desired and expected results promised by his word.  He rescues us from death itself and preserves us by the efforts of the Holy Spirit that we might enter the Kingdom of Heaven.