Lead us ... Deliver us

"And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."

I have heard that this verse changes a bit when the comma is moved to follow 'lead us'. Either way you read this there seems to be two aspects to what Jesus is saying. He speaks first to our need for God to lead us - left to ourselves we would always give in to temptation. Yet through His indwelling presence in our lives we have the power to resist and overcome temptation.

The second part of the verse is sometimes translated 'deliver us from the evil one'.
It reminds me of this verse in the book of Jude:
But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.”
This is somewhat of an obscure verse but the point of it is that even archangels need the Lord to fight the evil one. Often when I sense an evil presence I will do what Michael did and simply rebuke the devil in Jesus' name. The Lord shows us in this verse that we are to pray for such deliverance. Life is a spiritual battle and the name of Jesus defeats evil.

Lead me today Lord. I need your presence. I need your deliverance from evil.

2 comments:

  1. It is an interesting verse. The word evil here is the same one used by Paul in Romans when he says to "abhor that which is evil." It literally can mean "evil that does harm." We cannot avoid evil in a broken world, and I do not believe God wants us to remove ourselves from the world (we are in the world but not of the world). But protection from the harmful effects of evil, that is a good and reasonable request.

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  2. Your comments Bob, and also Spherical are very inlightening.

    The verse comes to mind ~~Greater is He that is in us, then he that is in the World.

    PTL we have the indwelling Holy Spirit, and in His power rebuke the Evil one in Jesus Name.

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