Deliverance and Escape

Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause ME to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me.

Psalm 71:2.

Two modes of preservation are highlighted in our text: deliverance and escape, both being types of salvation.  God is involved in all, but to different degrees.  ‘In His righteousness,’ that is, usually without reference to my rightlessness or any significant input from me, God can deliver me.  At other times, however, He merely opens the door and lets me use my legs to complete the salvation process.  That is, He causes ‘ME’ to consciously get myself out of the obvious danger.  That is escape.  Either way, God has ‘saved’ me.

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And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her.

Genesis 34:2.

  1. Eyes that Shouldn’t See You

That is the story of Dinah, the only known daughter of Jacob (although Genesis 34:16 speaks of “daughters”).  During the 600-mile journey from Mesopotamia (where Jacob had been on exile for about twenty years) back to Canaan (as instructed by the Lord), the family passed through Shechem, a city (or “country”) that bore the same name as its iconic prince. 

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