When many days had passed, the Jews plotted to kill him, but their plot became known to Saul. They were watching the gates day and night in order to kill him, but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a basket. Acts 9:23-25 ESV
At Damascus, the governor under King Aretas was guarding the city of Damascus in order to seize me, but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall and escaped his hands. II Corinthians 11:32-33 ESV
Blessed be the Lord,
who has not given us
as prey to their teeth!
We have escaped like a bird
from the snare of the fowlers;
the snare is broken,
and we have escaped!
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth. Psalm 124:6-8 ESV
During the time the Nazis were in power in Europe and Germany was invading and occupying other countries, Jewish people were in terrible danger, and many European Jews were put to death. When the country of Denmark was occupied by the Nazi government, a German diplomat warned the people who were part of the Danish Resistance that the Nazis were about to round up and deport all the Danish people who were Jews. The Danish people worked quickly to help their Jewish friends and neighbors to escape. Most of the Jewish people in Denmark escaped by buses, trains, or on foot to the coast of Denmark, where Danish fishermen smuggled them in boats over the water to Sweden, where they would be safe.
Saul also had to escape from Damascus after awhile. He had kept on preaching that Jesus was the Son of God and the promised Savior, and after awhile the Jewish religious leaders became angry with him. They got together and planned to kill Saul, who wrote later that the governor of the city was also involved in the plot. Saul found out about the plot, and he knew he had to get out of Damascus, but all the gates to the city were being watched night and day. So some of Saul’s disciples put him in a basket and lowered the basket through a window opening in the city walls during the night. Saul was able to get away from his enemies and to escape the death they had planned for him.
We were all under the power of our enemies, sin and death and the devil, and we had no hope of escape. We needed help to be set free and to be saved from the evil forces that were hurting us. Jesus came to this world to rescue us from sin and all the evil that had us under its power. He died on the cross and rose again from the dead so that we could be set free. Because of Jesus, we are safe from everything that could ever hurt us, and we are free to be his people and to love and serve him now and forever.
Dear Jesus, thank you for setting us free from sin and death and for making us your people forever. Amen.