For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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In the year that King Ahaz died came this oracle:
Rejoice not, O Philistia, all of you,
that the rod that struck you is broken,
for from the serpent’s root will come forth an adder,
and its fruit will be a flying fiery serpent.
And the firstborn of the poor will graze,
and the needy lie down in safety;
but I will kill your root with famine,
and your remnant it will slay.
Wail, O gate; cry out, O city;
melt in fear, O Philistia, all of you!
For smoke comes out of the north,
and there is no straggler in his ranks.
What will one answer the messengers of the nation?
“The LORD has founded Zion,
and in her the afflicted of his people find refuge.”
It is significant that those against whom the Lord comes in judgment are told to fear. When a word comes to any of God’s people, they are told ‘fear not’; but this message to those who have oppressed God’s people tells them to fear…
In which camp do we want to be? “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord…” It may come with suffering, but we are told there is refuge, there is safety, there is provision in Zion, a symbol of God’s grace and salvation. It will be worse for those who do not believe. However, the believer can say with David, “I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever…”
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