"He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love." --- (SofS 2:4)
Travis Case, Pastor/Teacher Northgate Baptist Church F.E.A.S.T Ministries
A. The prophet Jeremiah was Condemned To Die.
1. He was confined a murky dungeon --- (hole dug in the ground).
2. He was even denied food and water.
B. Ebed-Melech (a black man & servant of the king) went to the king for permission to help.
1. The king not only gave his consent, but he commanded him to take thirty other men with him.
2. Ebed-Melech effected the deliverance with Great Compassion.
C. In this story we have a wonderful Picture of Our Lord Jesus Christ who engaged in a great mission of rescue.
How Did Ebed-Melech Rescue Jerehiah And
I. Ebed-melech Heard of The Seriousness of Jeremiah's Plight.
A. V. 7, "Now Ebed-Melech the Ethiopian, one of the eunuchs, who was in the king's house, heard that they had put Jeremiah in the dungeon."
1. He saw a man starving, sinking and Under Condemnation.
2. Have you seen the Souls of Men like this?
Psa. 40:2-3, "He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock,and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth - praise to our God;"
David --- Psa. 142:4, "Refuge has failed me; No one cares for my soul"
B. Jeremiah Also had compassion for others.
Lam. 3:51, "My eyes bring suffering to my soul..."
C. Do We see and feel the need of those around us who are perishing without Christ?
Matt. 9:36-38, "But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest."
II. Ebed-Melech Had An Interview With The King.
A. You and I can do the same.
Heb. 10:19-20, "Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holinest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh..."
B. If you are Burdened for the souls of your loved ones and of others --- Seek An Interview with the King about them.
A. We, also, have our King's authority for seeking the co-operation of others for the great work of soul-winning.
(( The Great Commission --- Matt. 28:18-20 ))
B. The paralytic man --- Mark 2:3, "Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men."
C. Matt. 18:19, "Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven."
IV. Ebed-Melech Showed His Love For Jeremiah.
A. He Not Only showed it by Seeking His Deliverance --- he used ropes And Rags, which would prevent the ropes from chafing under his arms.
1. Jeremiah Could have been saved Without The Rags.
2. But, it so much better with Love And Compassion.
B. Are those around us really Convinced that We Love Them and are concerned about their wellfair --- instead of just being interested in numbers.
V. Ebed-Melech Did Not Rest Until Jeremiah Was Rescued.
A. He had the Patience to --- go to the king --- gather 30 men --- find the needed supplies --- etc.
B. However, sometimes it takes a very long time before a lost friend or loved one is brought to the Lord.
Gal. 6:9, "Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."
Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
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