“The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.” 2 Peter 2:9
“I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.”” John 17:15
But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and keep you from evil. 2 Thess.3:3
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
When God sends destruction on the ungodly, he commands deliverance for the righteous; and, if he rains fire and brimstone on the wicked, he will cover the head of the just, and they shall be hidden in the day of his anger.
During times, of global pandemics, our walk within righteousness is a demonstration of God’s presence in the world, and how His love and compassion are dispersed as a deliverance.
Matthew Henry Commentary on 2Peter 2 brings forward information on how God works with His children. “Here, we have an instance of his preserving Lot (Genesis 19:15). The character given of Lot; he is called a just man; this he was as to the generally prevailing bent of his heart and through the main of his conversation.
God does not account for men just or unjust from one single act but from their general course of life. And here is a just man in the midst of a most corrupt and profligate generation universally gone off from all good (Genesis 19:5).
He does not follow the multitude to do evil, but in a city of injustice, he walks uprightly. The impression of the sins of others made upon this righteous man. Though the sinner takes pleasure in his wickedness, it is grief and vexation to the soul of the righteous.
In bad company, we cannot escape either guilt or grief. Let the sins of others be a trouble to us. Otherwise, it will not be possible for us to keep ourselves pure. Here is a particular mention of the duration and continuance of this good man’s grief and vexation: it was from, day by day.
Being accustomed to hear and see their wickedness did not reconcile him to it, nor abate of the horror that was occasioned by it. This is the righteous man whom God preserved from the desolating judgment that destroyed all round about him.
From this instance, we are taught to argue that God knows how to deliver his people and punish his enemies. It is here presupposed that the righteous must have their temptations and trials. The devil and his instruments will thrust sore at them, that they may fall, and, if we will get to heaven, it must be through many tribulations.
It is, therefore, our duty to reckon upon and prepare for them. (1) The Lord knows those that are his. He has set apart him who is godly for himself, and, if there is but one in five cities, he knows him, and where there is a greater number, he cannot be ignorant of nor overlook any one of them.
(2) The wisdom of God is never at a loss about ways and means to deliver his people. They are often utterly at a loss, and can see no way; he can deliver a great many
(3) The deliverance of the godly is the work of God, that which he concerns himself in, both his wisdom to contrive the way and his power to work the deliverance out of temptation, to prevent their falling into sin and their being ruined by their troubles. And surely, if he can deliver out of temptation, he could keep from falling into it if he did not see such trials to be necessary
(4) God makes a very great difference in his dealings with the godly and the wicked. When he saves his people from destruction, he delivers over his enemies to deserved ruin. The unjust has no share in the salvation God works out for the righteous.
CLOSING STATEMENT by Robert
The charity of Christians should be extensive: but yet therein, particular respect is to be had to good people. God does good to all, but in a special manner, he is good to his own servants, and we must in doing good be followers of God as dear children.
2. The rule which we are to observe in doing good to others is as we have an opportunity, which implies, (a) That we should be sure to do it while we have the opportunity, or while our life lasts, which is the only season wherein we are capable of doing good to others.
If we would behave correctly in this matter, we must not as too many do, neglect it in our lifetime, and defer it till we come to die, under a pretence of doing something of this nature then.
For, as we cannot be sure that we shall then have an opportunity for it. So neither, if we should, have we any ground to expect that what we do will be so acceptable to God, much less than we can atone for our past neglects by leaving something behind us for the good of others when we can no longer keep it ourselves. But we should take care to do good in our life-time, yea, to make this the business of our lives.
(2) That we are ready to improve every opportunity for it. We should not content ourselves in having done some good already. But, whenever fresh occasions offer themselves, as far as our capacity reaches, we should be ready to embrace them too, for we are directed to give a portion to seven and also to eight (Ecclesiastes 11:2).
Matthew Henry’s commentary explains why our Lord prays as He does. “Now the first thing Christ prays for, for his disciples, is their preservation, in John 17:11-16, to which he commits them all to his Father’s custody. Keeping supposed danger, and their danger arose from the world, the world wherein they were, the evil of this he begs they might be saved from. Now observe, The request itself, Keep them from the world. There were two ways of their being delivered from the world.
1. By taking them out of it and he does not pray that they might be so delivered. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world that is, (1) “I pray not that they may be speedily removed by death” If the world will be vexatious to them, the readiest way to secure them would be to hasten them out of it to a better world, that will give them better treatment. Send chariots and horses of fire for them to fetch them to heaven Job, Elijah, Jonah, Moses, when that occurred which fretted them, prayed that they might be taken out of the world, but Christ would not pray so for his disciples, for two reasons.
 Because he came to conquer, not to countenance, those intemperate heats and passions which make men impatient of life, and importunate for death. It is his will that we should take up our cross and not outrun it.”
“ Because he had work for them to do in the world, though the world was sick of them (Acts 22:22), and therefore not worthy of them (Hebrews 11:38), yet could ill spare them. In pity, therefore to this dark world, Christ would not have these lights removed out of it, but continued in it, especially for the sake of those in the world that were believing in him through their word.”
“Let not them be taken out of the world when their Master is, they must each in his own order die a martyr, but not till they have finished their testimony. Note, First, The taking of good people out of the world is a thing by no means to be desired, but rather dreaded and laid to heart, Isaiah 57:1.”
“Secondly, Though Christ loves his disciples, he does not presently send for them to heaven, as soon as they are effectually called, but leaves them for some time in this world, that they may do good and glorify God upon the earth, and be ripened for heaven. Many good people are spared to live because they can ill be spared to die.”
Please remember these articles are the work of a humble servant of Yeshua doing His bidding as a Watchmen sounding the Trumpet to warn of impending danger within the Assembly. May our Father abundantly bless each one of you with wisdom and discernment to go forward as His “”Modern Day Disciples””
Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee, Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord Yeshua is everlasting strength. (Isaiah 26:3-4)