Where is our trust…

 

 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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Isaiah 36:1-10

In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and took them.

And the king of Assyria sent the Rabshakeh from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem, with a great army. And he stood by the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Washer’s Field.

And there came out to him Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebna the secretary, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder.

And the Rabshakeh said to them, “Say to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria: On what do you rest this trust of yours?

 Do you think that mere words are strategy and power for war? In whom do you now trust, that you have rebelled against me?

Behold, you are trusting in Egypt, that broken reed of a staff, which will pierce the hand of any man who leans on it. Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him.

 But if you say to me, “We trust in the LORD our God,” is it not he whose high places and altars Hezekiah has removed, saying to Judah and to Jerusalem, “You shall worship before this altar”?

 Come now, make a wager with my master the king of Assyria: I will give you two thousand horses, if you are able on your part to set riders on them.

 How then can you repulse a single captain among the least of my master’s servants, when you trust in Egypt for chariots and for horsemen?

 Moreover, is it without the LORD that I have come up against this land to destroy it? The LORD said to me, Go up against this land and destroy it.'”

 

 

The world notices when we turn our backs on our God. It makes us appear weak and vulnerable. They begin to flex their collective muscles for they know of God also. Those who rely only on their own strength, the strength of ‘Egypt’ will find no strength in comparison with what we have when we rely on God. We can see this being played out in our world today. Let us turn to the One who can defeat any enemy, especially the enemy of our very souls. Let us rely on His strength.

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Where is our hope?

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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Isaiah 20

  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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In that day…

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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Isaiah 19:16-25

  In that day the Egyptians will be like women, and tremble with fear before the hand that the LORD of hosts shakes over them.  And the land of Judah will become a terror to the Egyptians. Everyone to whom it is mentioned will fear because of the purpose that the LORD of hosts has purposed against them.

 

  In that day there will be five cities in the land of Egypt that speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the LORD of hosts. One of these will be called the City of Destruction.

 

  In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the LORD at its border.

  It will be a sign and a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt. When they cry to the LORD because of oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and deliver them.   And the LORD will make himself known to the Egyptians, and the Egyptians will know the LORD

 

in that day and worship with sacrifice and offering, and they will make vows to the LORD and perform them.   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.

 

  In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria will come into Egypt, and Egypt into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.

 

  In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth,

  whom the LORD of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.”

Salvation comes to all.  Prophesied here, even the enemies of God’s people are turned away from evil and toward God.  There is a repentance coming, a turning from evil, a forgiveness and healing offered to all who worship the Lord God.  O that all who hear and see would receive!!!  Be sure it is for us; we need to see to it that we receive all that is offered to us.  Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Consequences of foolish counsel…

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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Isaiah 19:11-15

  The princes of Zoan are utterly foolish;

the wisest counselors of Pharaoh

give stupid counsel.

How can you say to Pharaoh,

“I am a son of the wise,

a son of ancient kings”?

 Where then are your wise men?

Let them tell you

that they might know what the LORD of hosts has purposed against Egypt.

 The princes of Zoan have become fools,

and the princes of Memphis are deluded;

those who are the cornerstones of her tribes

have made Egypt stagger.

 The LORD has mingled within her

a spirit of confusion,

and they will make Egypt stagger in all its deeds,

 as a drunken man staggers in his vomit.

  And there will be nothing for Egypt

that head or tail, palm branch or reed,

may do.

When foolish counsel is given and heeded there can no good come from it.

“…The princes of Zoan have become fools,

and the princes of Memphis are deluded; …”

These are those to give counsel to Pharoah, the head of the people.  We have the same.  Advisors to our leaders who are foolish and delusional.  God’s word says when these are heeded and their advice is followed:

“…there will be nothing…

that head or tail, palm branch or reed,

may do. …”

Consequences of poor advice, advice that is given based upon man’s abilities and pride, when followed will come.  Those consequences are given over and over in scripture.  The unbeliever has no recourse.

For the believer there are many promises of provision, refuge, care, love given by God to his people.  Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Hand of judge or hand of love…

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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Isaiah 191:10

  An oracle concerning Egypt.

Behold, the LORD is riding on a swift cloud

and comes to Egypt;

 and the idols of Egypt will tremble at his presence,

and the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.

 And I will stir up Egyptians against Egyptians,

and they will fight, each against another

and each against his neighbor,

city against city, kingdom against kingdom;

 

  and the spirit of the Egyptians within them

will be emptied out,

and I will confound their counsel;

and they will inquire of the idols and the sorcerers,

and the mediums and the necromancers;

  and I will give over the Egyptians

 into the hand of a hard master,

and a fierce king will rule over them,

declares the Lord GOD of hosts.

  And the waters of the sea will be dried up,

and the river will be dry and parched,

 and its canals will become foul,

and the branches of Egypt’s Nile will diminish and dry up,

reeds and rushes will rot away.

  There will be bare places by the Nile,

on the brink of the Nile,

and all that is sown by the Nile will be parched,

will be driven away, and will be no more.

 The fishermen will mourn and lament,

all who cast a hook in the Nile;

and they will languish

who spread nets on the water.

 The workers in combed flax will be in despair,

and the weavers of white cotton.

 Those who are the pillars of the land will be crushed,

and all who work for pay will be grieved.

This is a collapse of the economy that is built around a river that dries up.  The One who created the river is rejected and despised and the resulting judgment affects all.  We can learn from this.

“…For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us,…”

The same One who creates and judges also loves.  This same One gave a son to redeem back those who were deceived and turned away.  We know this One, the Lord God of all,  and His Son, Jesus Christ.  With this knowledge we receive that redemption and our lives are a contrast between righteous and unrighteous.  God has not changed, will not change.  He is who He is and does what He does.  We know that.  We also know with forgiveness through Christ, comes light that can transform a dark world.  Let us be that light and turn back the coming tide of judgment against all who reject and deny the One who created them.  Let us be active in prayer, in sharing what we know and receive.  Let us lead by example, in humility, in love as Christ led and leads.  Let us allow the Holy Spirit to do the work of the kingdom of God through us.

hand of love

We are warned over and over what denying God will bring.  Let us take heed, share the wisdom found in scripture, share the love found in Christ, share the redemption and remission of sins through Christ’s sacrifice, share the joy of life lived in Him.

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