OUR LORD WHO RESCUES HIS PEOPLE
In the book of Genesis, an account is given of some war lords ransacking the house of Abraham's Nephew Lot. They took Lot and the people in his household and his belongings.
When Abraham heard the news, He quickly mounted up an army and pursued the raiders. When he caught up with them, he planned an attack on the war lord's camp. He defeated them and then returned home with His family members.
This is how the story unfolds in Genesis 10 verses 10 - 16 :
Now the valley of Siddim was full of tar pits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and they fell into them. But those who survived fled to the hill country.
Then they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food supply, and departed.
They also took Lot, Abram’s nephew, and his possessions and departed, for he was living in Sodom.
Then a fugitive came and told Abram the Hebrew. Now he was living by the oaks of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and brother of Aner, and these were allies with Abram.
When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he led out his trained men, born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.
He divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them, and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus. He brought back all the goods, and also brought back his relative Lot with his possessions, and also the women, and the people.
The story of a daring rescue is a picture and a foreshadowing of the rescue that the Lord Jesus would undertake to save His people.
Whereas His people had been ransacked and taken by the kings of this world, the Lord Jesus mounted a rescue effort to redeem His people who had been taken into bondage.
The Lord fought against the powers of darkness and won. He triumphantly returned home with those He had saved from both His own people and people from other families.
What a wonderful image of our Lord as saviour.