But I will rescue you on that day, declares the LORD; you will not be given into the hands of those you fear. Jeremiah 39:17 NIV
In the last days before Jerusalem was destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, Jeremiah was prophesying. He was encouraging the people to turn themselves over to Babylon and live. If they stayed in Jerusalem, they would die. The city leaders were not happy with Jeremiah’s prophecy. They strongly believed that they could withstand an attack from Babylon. Jeremiah was the messenger, bringing a message from the Lord. The leaders had Jeremiah thrown into a pit. (Jeremiah 38:1-6)
Our verse today was a word of encouragement from the Lord through Jeremiah to Ebed-Melek. He had risked his life by going to King Zedekiah on behalf of Jeremiah to have him taken out of the pit. (Jeremiah 38:7-13).
Because of Ebed-Melek’s rescue of Jeremiah, the Lord promised that he would be rescued from his enemies.
God takes notice of our acts of kindness in helping others.