Melanie Pinedo (center) is one of our younger 2017 diggers!
We have several young women, even several pre-teens, who are diligently studying the Great Escapes this year with our international Digging Deep group. They are learning how to rescue souls. Kaitlyn Epling, age 12, of Elizabethton, TN was disappointed earlier this week when we failed to get to question number 10 in our podcast discussion. Here’s her list (verbatim) of several rescues from Acts 9-17. Kaitlyn’s styles of listing and study may evolve as she grows in Christ, but grow in Christ she will if she stays in the book!
Digging Deep- Great Escapes- Month Three- Question 10
• The disciples of the Lord were saved of Saul by Jesus 9:1-6.
• Saul was saved of his blindness by Ananias 9:18.
• Saul was saved of the Jews by the disciples 9:25.
• Saul was saved of the Hellenists by the brethren 9:29-30.
• Aeneas was saved of being paralyzed by Peter 9:33-34.
• Dorcas/Tabitha was saved of death by Peter 9:40.
• All those being oppressed were saved of the Devil by Jesus of Nazareth 10:38.
• Jesus was saved of death by God 10:40.
• Sinners were saved of sins by Jesus 10:43.
• Gentiles were saved of sins by Jesus 11:18
• Peter was saved of contending by his dream 11:2-10.
• The people were saved of famine by disciples 11:28-29.
• Peter was saved of prison by an angel 12:7.
• Peter was saved of Herod by God 12:11.
• Peter was saved of Herod by the brethren 12:19.
• Israel was saved of the nations of Canaan by God 13:19.
• Jesus was saved of death by God 13:30.
• Paul & Barnabas were saved of abuse & stoning by themselves 14:5-6.
• A man in Lystra was saved of lameness by Paul 14:8-10.
• Paul was saved of death by himself 14:19-20.
• Timothy was saved of the Jews’ wrath by Paul 16:3.
• Girl of fortune-telling was saved of a demon by Paul 16:16-18.
• The Philippian Jailor was saved of suicide by Paul 16:27-28.
• Paul & Silas were saved of prison by the Philippian Jailor 16:33.
• Paul & Silas were saved of the Jews by the brethren 17:10.
• Paul was saved of the crowd by the brethren 17:14.
I was kind of sad we didn’t get to that question, too. I had hoped to share my list from one single chapter, noting how God can use the faithful and the rogue to rescue His own and further the gospel. Let’s look at this list of ten rescues from chapter nine:
9: 7-8 Look at how the enemies of the cross are being used to lead around the most influential 1st century missionary.
9;13 Notice Ananias arguing with God, but then going straightaway to rescue the preeminent New Testament writer. God always accomplishes His purposes.
9:15, 16 Can you think of a more unlikely candidate to be the rescuer of Gentiles?
9:25 Those disciples could not go and powerfully write and preach, but they had a rescue basket for the one who could!
9:27 Barnabas would be greatly overshadowed in Scripture by Paul, but Paul might not have had the chance to do what he did without the jumpstart given by Barnabas.
9:30 Jerusalem was not the right place and time for Paul. But there were rescuers who knew how to get him to the right place and time.
9:33-35 Aeneas was a rescue tool for the people of Lydda and Saron.
9:39 Dorcas was a rescuer using needle and thread.
9:42 Peter rescued the recipients of Dorcas’ goodwill when he raised her.
9:42 In turn, Dorcas became a tool to rescue the people of Joppa.
Another young digger, Grace Yocum, of Louisville, Kentucky.