31 that I may be rescued from those who are disobedient in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may prove acceptable to the saints (Romans 15).
The word “rescued” was used to describe a current of water which draws things into it to be swept away along with it. What a wonderful description of the sovereign and saving intervention of God Paul was praying for, which would draw Him out of the hands of those “disobedient” ones in Judea who were seeking his life because they refused to believe in the gospel.
It is important to see that Paul’s desire for rescue from evil men was not just so he could carry on with his life. No, it was so he might be able to serve others, particularly those saints in Jerusalem who needed two things: 1) the offering itself to help them with their physical needs, and (perhaps even more importantly), 2) recognition of those Gentile brothers and sisters in Christ who gave it. In accepting the offering, they would be accepting the givers of it, thus manifesting the power of the gospel and its ability to draw diverse peoples together as one.
Lord, thank You for Your sovereign “current” of grace, drawing us into both salvation, as well as service to others. Help us This Day to be completely swept away in it for Your glory. Amen.