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Yesterday we finished reading the New Testament, which we started reading on Pentecost Sunday. It’s a nice break from the Kings and their related books of prophecy.

Today we return to the accounts of the Kings. We finished reading about the life of King Hezekiah, 2 Kings 20. The Assyrians had taken Samaria and exiled the people from the northern kingdom of Israel, see 2 Kings 18:9-12.

When the Assyrian army’s commanders came to Judah, they asked:

  1. “Are you relying on Egypt?” 2 Kings 18:20, because the Israelite King Hoshea asked King So of Egypt to help, 2 Kings 17:4.
  2. “Are you trusting in the Lord, your God?” 2 Kings 18:22.

God performed a miracle. He sent an angel who killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers in their camp, (2 Kings 19:35-37)! Isaiah predicted this deliverance.

He started by telling how a treaty with Egypt would be worthless. He warned Judah about their rebellion and their ultimate deliverance. Then he told the Assyrians what would happen to them.

Isaiah 30:10, 11, “They tell the seers, ‘Stop seeing visions!’ They tell the prophets, ‘Don’t tell us what is right. Tell us nice things. Tell us lies. Forget all this gloom. Get off your narrow path. Stop telling us about your “Holy One of Israel”.'” New Living Translation

Does it sound familiar?

  • Don’t dream, save, and plan for the future. Live for today. Charge it.
  • Don’t tell me what is right.
  • Talk about nice things, not the evil things that are happening.
  • Tell us lies. We will convince ourselves it is true.
  • Forget gloom and doom.
  • Don’t be narrow-minded.
  • Don’t talk about God.

But, the Holy One of Israel, our God, tells us how to live during these times.

Isaiah 30: 15, 18, 21, “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength’…For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help…Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, ‘This is the way you should go.'” New Living Translation

Who can survive?

Isaiah 33:15, 16, “Those who are honest and fair, who refuse to profit by fraud, who stay far away from bribes, who refuse to listen to those who plot murder, who shut their eyes to all enticement to do wrong…Food will be supplied to them, and they will have water in abundance.” New Living Translation

Dear Father God,

We return to you. We will rest quietly and confidently, because we know you will guide us. Help us to live in a way that is honest, fair, and free from: fraud, bribes, murder, and enticement. Thank You for meeting our needs.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

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