You Won’t Have a Leg to Stand On

We watched a rerun of “The Carol Burnett Show” the other night. It was a popular variety show in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

On this episode, they demonstrated how they developed a comedy sketch. They were careful not to offend anyone. As they rehearsed the scene they changed lines deemed offensive. In the end, the sketch was –

“Hello, Mrs. Smith.”

“Goodbye, Mrs. Johnson”

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Thursday, we read King Ahaz removed everything offensive from The Temple. He was trying to placate the king of Assyria. Did it work? No. It angered God.

2 Chronicles 28:5, “God, fed up, handed him over to the king of Aram, who beat him badly and took many prisoners to Damascus.” The Message

King Ahaz sent bribes to the king of Assyria twice. What did the Assyrians do? They kept the riches and attacked him anyway.

2 Chronicles 28:20, 21, “But the king of Assyria, Tiglath-Pileser, wouldn’t help – he came instead and humiliated Ahaz even more by attacking and bullying him….[21] and got nothing in return, not a bit of help.” The Message

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Isaiah 7:9, “…If you don’t take your stand in faith, you won’t have a leg to stand on.” The Message

God is our only hope. He gave us instructions to survive our time on earth in the Bible. Our answers are found when we study it. Nothing else works.

Isaiah 8:10, “…Because when all is said and done, the last word is Immanuel – God-With-Us.” The Message

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Isaiah 8:20, “Tell them, ‘No, we’re going to study the Scriptures.’ People who try the other ways get nowhere – a dead-end!” The Message

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