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 the commander in chief, who was sent by Sargon the king of Assyria, came to Ashdod and fought against it and captured it— at that time the LORD spoke by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, “Go, and loose the sackcloth from your waist and take off your sandals from your feet,” and he did so, walking naked and barefoot.
Then the LORD said, “As my servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot for three years as a sign and a portent against Egypt and Cush, so shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptian captives and the Cushite exiles, both the young and the old, naked and barefoot, with buttocks uncovered, the nakedness of Egypt. Then they shall be dismayed and ashamed because of Cush their hope and of Egypt their boast. And the inhabitants of this coastland will say in that day, ‘Behold, this is what has happened to those in whom we hoped and to whom we fled for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria! And we, how shall we escape?'”
Where is our hope? These did not place their hope in God and they were overcome. When a people put their hope in the living God, He responds in love, with protection and provision.
“And the Lord will strike Egypt striking and healing, and they will return to the Lord, and he will listen to their pleas for mercy and heal them”
As individuals where is our hope? When it is in the Lord we can rest in the knowledge that He is present and willing to defend us.
“When they cry to the Lord because of the oppressor, he will send them a savior and defender and deliver them.”
Today we have the promise of salvation through Christ. God’s promises are not old that He cannot save. Our faith in Him and what He says, is our hope and our deliverance.
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