Wednesday, May 18, 2022

OUR LORD WHO LEADS HIS MIGHTY ARMY

Joel chapter 2 verses 9 - 10 says this;

They rush upon the city; they run along the wall.

They climb into the houses; like thieves they enter through the windows.

Before them the earth shakes, the heavens tremble, the sun and moon are darkened, and the stars no longer shine.

This passage tells of an unprecedented assault on the kingdom of darkness by the army of the Lord after the trumpet in Zion is sounded.

Disciplined and unrelenting, this swarming force sweeps through cities and houses leaving smouldering destruction behind them.

The effect of this ground movement is so profound that nature itself reels  and the earth shakes , the heavens tremble, the sun and moon are darkened and the starless night sky is pitch black.

The Lord, at the head of His vast and mighty army, thunders His commands which His forces take heed to obey.

Even at this juncture, as it says in Joel chapter 2 verses 12 - 13, the Lord offers a chance to his people to return to Him. 

“Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. 

Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.

How mighty the Lord is and how gracious He is.

Amen.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

OUR LORD WHO GATHERS THE NATIONS FOR JUDGEMENT

Joel chapter 4 verses 2 - 9 says this;

I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment with them on behalf of my people, my heritage, Israel;

Because they scattered them among the nations they divided up my land. For my people they cast lots trading a young boy for the price of a prostitute, exchanging a young girl for the wine they drank.

Moreover, what are you doing to me, Tyre and Sidon, and all the regions of Philistia? Are you paying me back for something? If you are, I will very quickly turn your deeds back upon your own head. You took my silver and my gold and brought my priceless treasures into your temples! You sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, taking them far from their own country! 

Look! I am rousing them from the place to which you sold them, and I will turn your deeds back upon your own head. I will sell your sons and daughters to the Judahites who will sell them to the Sabeans, a distant nation. The Lord has spoken!

Announce this to the nations: Proclaim a holy war! Alert the warriors! Let all the soldiers  report and march!

This passage begins by specifying the arena of judgement which will be at the Valley of Jehosephat which is also called the Kidron Valley which is between the city of Jerusalem and the Mount of Olives.

This judgment against the nations is predicated by what they did to God's people, the children of Israel. 

God's people were scattered, the land divided up, their children sold for prostitutes and wine.

The Lord's gold and silver implements were taken and placed in foreign temples. The people of Judah and Jerusalem  were sold to the Greeks so that they were far from their homes.

For these actions against the Lord and the enslavement of His people, these scriptures are a call to alert the army of God. 

Let all the soldiers report and march!

Amen.


Monday, May 16, 2022

OUR LORD WHO BRINGS DOWN THE PRINCES OF DARKNESS

Ezekiel chapter 39 verse 4 says this;

On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you. I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birds and to the wild animals.

This passage  references the spiritual kingdom of Meshek and Tubal led by a spiritual prince named Gog.

The prophecy written by Ezekiel against Gog describes how he is dragged from the far north and compelled to move against the mountains of Israel. 

Here, Gog is disarmed and he falls along with all his troops and all the nations aligned with him. His remains are given to vultures and scavenger animals as food.

This passage illustrates how the hierarchy of the kingdom of darkness is systematically brought to utter ruin by the God of Israel. 

Mighty princes are corralled into inescapable strategic positions and their weapons taken from them. They and their allies are then destroyed.

Such is the fate of those who rally against the Lord God Almighty and who disregard His offer of salvation through belief in Jesus Christ who paid by His death to redeem mankind.

Call upon the name of the Lord and be saved.

Amen.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

OUR LORD WHO HEARS HIS PROPHETS IN JUDGEMENT

Amos chapter 7 verses 7 - 8 reads as follows;

This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb, with a plumb line in his hand. And the Lord asked me, “What do you see, Amos?”

“A plumb line,” I replied.

Then the Lord said, “Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.

The previous judgements against Israel that were shown to Amos were aimed at the entire nation. 

The locusts swarms that the Lord showed Amos, were going to devour the crops of all the people of Israel and destroy the whole country. Amos asked that the Lord spare Israel and the Lord relented.

Next, the Lord showed Amos the judgement of fire that was going to dry out the great deep and devour the land. The totality of the destruction caused Amos to ask the Lord to allay the judgement of fire and the Lord relented.

The plumb line in this passage represents the measuring of Israel's alignment to God's standard of righteousness and this was the means that the Lord showed to Amos that did not bring complete ruin to Israel.

This tool was the means by which judgement was to be aimed precisely at those who were causing Israel to be out of alignment. 

When the Lord held the plumb line among the people of Israel,  He named the following areas in Amos chapter 7 verse 9 as those that would be targeted for destruction;

“The high places of Isaac will be destroyed and the sanctuaries of Israel will be ruined; with my sword I will rise against the house of Jeroboam.”

The Lord heard the pleas of His prophet Amos and relented on His total  judgement of Israel and instead, aimed ruin against the religious and political leadership of the country that was  leading people into error.

Amen.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

OUR LORD WHO BRINGS RETRIBUTION ON THOSE WHO COMMIT ATROCITIES

Amos chapter 1 verse 7 says this;

I will send fire on the walls of Gaza that will consume her fortresses.

Here, in a prophetic utterance by the prophet Amos, the Lord speaks judgement on Gaza, which is the land Southwest of Israel, because they took entire communities captive and sold them to the kingdom of Edom.

Because of their wholesale cruelty, their walls and fortresses were burned down. A fire was ignited along the perimeter of their cities and it spread to their fortresses and destroyed them.

Without fortresses, these cities were exposed to attacks that would result in those who dwelled in them being taken as captives and sold as slaves.

Their leaders in their main cities, Ashdod and Ashkelon, were slain because of their part in wiping out whole communities for profit by selling them to Edom. For this,  the Lord set his hand to wipe out every last Philistine in Gaza.

This judgement on Gaza is reciprocal in that the evil that they did to others is visited upon them. 

As the Lord Jesus said in Mathew 7 verse 12, "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Amen.


Friday, May 13, 2022

 OUR LORD WHO KNOWS OUR FRAME

Ezekiel chapter 4 verses 13 -14 is a excerpt from a conversation between Ezekiel the prophet and the Lord in which the Lord is instructing Ezekiel to lie down for 390 days  in the sight of the people Jerusalem and eat food cooked over human excrement. This action is to be a prophecy of the defiled food the people of Israel will eat when they are sent into exile.  The passage goes like this;

The Lord said, “In this way the people of Israel will eat defiled food among the nations where I will drive them.”

Then I said, “Not so, Sovereign Lord! I have never defiled myself. From my youth until now I have never eaten anything found dead or torn by wild animals. No impure meat has ever entered my mouth.”

Ezekiel responds to the Lord by objecting to eating food cooked over human excrement. He mentions to the Lord that he has never defiled himself by eating animals found dead or those torn apart  by wild animals and that he has never eaten impure meat.

Ezekiel equates eating bread cooked over human excrement with eating defiled meat which  means that the exposing bread to burning human excrement defiles it in the same way that the meat of animals torn apart by wild animals is defiled or how the meat of animals that die of natural or unknown causes is defiled.

The Lord gives Ezekiel a reprieve by allowing him to use cow dung instead of human waste to cook his bread which transmits the same prophetic message  to the observers but without bringing  defilement to Ezekiel. 

Let us bless the Lord who remembers that we are but dust and who lightens our burdens that he  gives us so that we can bear them. 

Amen.


Thursday, May 12, 2022

OUR LORD WHO JUDGES HIS PEOPLE IF THEY ARE UNFAITHFUL

Ezekiel chapter 14 verse 15 - 16 is a warning from the Lord to Israel that if they sin against the Lord by being unfaithful towards Him, they would draw repercussions upon themselves. 

The judgement against then would be so sure that even if Noah, Daniel and Job were among them, these three righteous men would be saved but Israel would still suffer judgement. These three intercessors would not be able to allay the punishment of the Lord on Israel.

The passage reads like this;

“Or if I send wild beasts through that country and they leave it childless and it becomes desolate so that no one can pass through it because of the beasts, as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, even if these three men were in it, they could not save their own sons or daughters. They alone would be saved, but the land would be desolate."

In this particular judgement possibility, wild beasts are let loose in the land so that the country is left childless and desolate. If the Lord were to let that occur, Noah, Daniel or Job would survive but even their own sons and daughters would not be saved and  the whole  land would be not escape desolation.

This judgement mirrors Leviticus chapter 26 verse 22 which delineates the consequences of  not obeying the law of the Lord. It reads this way;

I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, destroy your livestock, and make you few in number; and your highways shall be desolate.

The wild beasts rob children and destroy livestock  and shrink the population and make the whole place desolate and no one moves along the roadways.

Let us act faithfully towards our the Lord listening to Him only and not to the allurements  of the world and the temptations of the flesh.

Amen.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

OUR LORD WHO BRINGS DOWN THE PRIDEFUL

Ezekiel chapter 31 is a prophetic pronouncement that uses trees as metaphors for spiritual kingdoms. 

The use of trees to represent spiritual kingdoms in this chapter is  the same as when the Lord Jesus used the metaphor of a mustard seed to describe the Kingdom of heaven in Mathew chapter 13 verses 31 and 32 which reads like this;

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”

In Ezekiel chapter 13, the Lord, speaking to Pharaoh  of the spiritual kingdom of Egypt, tells him of the spiritual kingdom of Assyria which He compared to a cedar tree describing it this way;

I made it beautiful with abundant branches, the envy of all the trees of Eden in the garden of God.

Here, the Lord informs Pharoah that it was He who made Assyria beautiful so that even the trees planted in the garden of God envied it.

Nevertheless, when the tree of  Assyria grew tall and pridefully towered over the nations, the Lord cast it aside and it was ruthlessly cut down.

The Lord then informs Pharoah of the spiritual kingdom of Egypt that in the same way, even though his kingdom exceeds all other kingdoms, he will be brought down from his heights and he will lie among the slain. Ezekiel chapter 31 verse 18 says it this way;

“‘Which of the trees of Eden can be compared with you in splendor and majesty? Yet you, too, will be brought down with the trees of Eden to the earth below; you will lie among the uncircumcised, with those killed by the sword.

Bless our Lord whose power and might can bring down the kingdoms of the oppressors even though they are formidable and entrenched.

Amen.


Tuesday, May 10, 2022

OUR LORD WHO CLEANSES HIS PEOPLE

Isaiah chapter 4 verses 1 - 5 says this;

In that day seven women  will take hold of one man and say, “We will eat our own food and provide our own clothes only let us be called by your name. Take away our disgrace!”

 In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in Israel.  Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem. The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; he will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire.Then the Lord will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over everything the glory will be a canopy.

This passage reveals some surprising aspects of the day of the Lord which is the day of judgement as revealed in Isaiah chapter 3 verse 13 which says; "The Lord takes his place in court; he rises to judge the people."

Starting off, the women scramble to get the attention of a limited number  of men asking them if they could be called by their names in order to "take away their disgrace."

This verse implies that on the day of judgement, there will be a category of women who will realise that they are in a state of insufficiency that could potentially be mitigated by attaching themselves to a man and so a bidding war begins with women trading their requirements down to even where they would cover  their own expenses as long as they could be called by a man's name.

Next, the branch of the Lord, which is the church (as Jesus said, "I am the vine and you are the branches"),  is described as "beautiful and glorious" the fruit of whom is the pride of Israel.

The passage goes on to say that those who are holy will be the ones who remain and are found in Jerusalem.

The passage then speaks of the filth of the women being washed away by the Lord and the bloodstains of Jerusalem being cleansed by a spirit of judgement and a spirit of fire which reveals that the Lord himself will wash away residual stains among His people so that they are presented holy and blameless. 

Then, the Lord will create a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming  fire by night as a canopy over everything. This canopy will provide shade and shelter for God's people which is reminiscent of the pillar of cloud and pillar of fire that led the children of Israel in the wilderness.

Amen.

Monday, May 09, 2022

OUR LORD WHO CURTAILS THE SCHEMES OF HIS ENEMIES

Revisiting Isaiah chapter 19 verse 13, let's look again at what this verse  says about the oppressors of God's people, represented by Egypt;

The officials of Zoan have become fools, the leaders of Memphis are deceived; the cornerstones of her peoples have led Egypt astray.

The backdrop of this verse is that Egypt's leadership had decided to enslave the children of Isreal because they believed they were becoming too numerous and that they represented a political threat to their establishment.

When the Lord moved to free His people from the bondage of slavery, He targeted the leadership of Egypt by pouring a spirit of dizziness on them. 

The officials of Zoan, which at the time was an important administrative center of Egypt, became fools. Their perceptions of reality were distorted and they could not properly formulate rational decisions.

The leaders of Memphis, which was an important religious center,  were deceived. In their religious pursuits, they became gullible and followed bad spiritual counsel.

All the leaders of Egypt who should have been the cornerstones of the nation to bring knowledge and wisdom for the guidance of the country, instead, led Egypt astray.

For the oppressors who conspire to subjugate God's people using administrative weapons and spiritual deception, the Lord has means of His own to render the  schemers mentally  unable to plan and execute their ambitions.

Bless the Lord who saves His people from oppressors no matter how formidable they appear.

Amen.

Sunday, May 08, 2022

OUR LORD WHO IS NOT MOCKED

Ezekiel chapter 35 verses 1 - 3 reads this way;

The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, set your face against Mount Seir; prophesy against it  and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Mount Seir, and I will stretch out my hand against you and make you a desolate waste.

This prohecy of woe against Mount Seir stems from their ancient hostility against the land of Israel. As it says in verses 5 - 6;

“‘Because you harbored an ancient hostility and delivered the Israelites over to the sword at the time of their calamity, the time their punishment reached its climax, therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I will give you over to bloodshed and it will pursue you.

The kingdom of Mount Seir wrongly positioned themselves against the kingdom of Israel because the Lord had explicitly instructed Israel as they were approaching the promised land, not to claim any of the land of Mount Seir because He had given it to Esau, the brother of their forefather, Jacob.  Deuteronomy chapter 2 verse 5 says it this way;

don't contend with them; for I will not give you of their land, no, not so much as for the sole of the foot to tread on; because I have given Mount Seir to Esau for a possession.

Nevertheless, Mount Seir, in verses 10 - 11 of Ezekiel chapter 35, claimed Israel as their possesion. The passage says this;

 “‘Because you have said, “These two nations and countries will be ours and we will take possession of them,” even though I the Lord was there, therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I will treat you in accordance with the anger and jealousy you showed in your hatred of them and I will make myself known among them when I judge you.

Most offensive about this claim over Israel by the Kingdom of Mount Seir, was that it overlooked that fact that Lord, God of Jacob was there even though it was He who underwrote their protection from invasion by the approaching Israelites.

Because of their hatred towards Israel while they  ignored the presence of the Lord, the prophecy declared that their judgement would be according to their behaviour and attitude toward the kingdom of Israel.

In present times, the enemies of God's people have presumed to oppress the Lord's inheritance as though the Lord Himself were not there and they have rashly spoken against them and against the Lord.

In fact, the Lord is there and His judgement looms over those who do not have His salvation which is given as a gift through believing in Jesus, the one who died and shed His blood to pay for our sins.

Amen.

Saturday, May 07, 2022

OUR LORD WHO RESTORES HIS PEOPLE FROM USURPERS AND PLUNDERERS

Ezekiel chapter 36 verses 4 - 5 says this;

therefore, mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Sovereign Lord: This is what the Sovereign Lord says to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys, to the desolate ruins and the deserted towns that have been plundered and ridiculed by the rest of the nations around you

—  this is what the Sovereign Lord says: In my burning zeal I have spoken against the rest of the nations, and against all Edom, for with glee and with malice in their hearts they made my land their own possession so that they might plunder its pastureland.’

This passage is a prophecy spoken to the  mountains of Israel.  The mountains, which are the kingdoms whose foundations are the ancient heights of Israel, are given a solemn promise by the Lord that he will speak against the nations that have brought ruin to the towns and countrysides of Israel.

The nations who gleefully plundered and ridiculed the lands of Israel and took them for their own possession, will be zealously confronted by the Sovereign Lord.

The Lord will take action against those who over-run Israel and swears that he will invert Israel's plight so that those who plunder and ridicule Israel will themselves be plundered and ridiculed. As it says in verse 7;

Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I swear with uplifted hand that the nations around you will also suffer scorn.

Amen.


Friday, May 06, 2022

OUR LORD WHO REVIVES HIS PEOPLE

Ezekiel chapter 37 verse 14 says this;

I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’”

This verse concludes the famous passage in Ezekiel chapter 14 where the prophet wrote of his experience in the valley of dry bones.

In the Spirit, Ezekiel was taken to a valley littered with dry bones and the Lord commanded him to prophecy to the bones to be reconstituted into living bodies and that they would be revivified. 

Ezekiel did as he was commanded and the dry bones reassembled themselves and were covered with tissue and skin and then they were given breath and they arose to their feet - a vast army.

The Lord then explained the scene to Ezekiel telling him that the dry bones represented the people of Israel who had been in a state of hopelessness and despair as recorded in verse 11;

“Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’"

Proverbs 17 verse 22 echoes the condition they were in by saying;

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

The Lord, in His sovereignty, revived all the people who were dead and when they stood up, they were an army of men filled with the Spirit of God.

This is the vast army that the Lord mustered in  Isaiah chapter 13  verse 4 that appeared out of nowhere.

Listen, a noise on the mountains, like that of a great multitude! Listen, an uproar among the kingdoms, like nations massing together! The Lord Almighty is mustering an army for war.

This army is also described in Joel chapter 2 verse 2;

Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, such as never was in ancient times nor ever will be in ages to come.

This spiritual army is now being conscripted. The people of God who were dead are being revived and they are learning their places in the formations under the command of the Lord Almighty.

Pray and intercede always for these are the prerequisites to be joined to the army of the Lord.

Amen.



Thursday, May 05, 2022

OUR LORD WHO JUDGES THE REBELLIOUS 

Isaiah chapter 14 verses 9 - 10 is a prophecy about the collapse of the kingdom of darkness.  The plans and strategies to usurp the whole world and take the inheritance of the Lamb of God away from Him have been brought to an ignominious end.  

The lord of the kingdom of darkness has been defeated and captured to await judgement. The prophecy describes the arrival of the anti-christ into the abode of the dead and reads this way;

The realm of the dead below is all astir to meet you at your coming; it rouses the spirits of the departed to greet you—all those who were leaders in the world; it makes them rise from their thrones—all those who were kings over the nations. They will all respond, they will say to you, “You also have become weak, as we are; you have become like us.”

The departed leaders of the nations, who were led astray by the anti-christ and found themselves awaiting judgement for their collusion with him, are stirred up to receive him into the abode dead. They are astonished that he who deceived and subjugated them had been reduced to the same state of weakness that they were in.

Isaiah chapter 14 verse 12 - 15 reveals the reason that Satan's fall occured which culminated in his defeat and banishment to hell to await judgement along with those who heeded and followed Him.

How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!

You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God;

I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”

This well-known passage in Isaiah describes how the prideful thoughts of a cherub led him to believe that he was entitled to ascend above the stars of heaven and gain mastery over creation and to make himself like the Most High.

For this, he was brought low and captured for judgement.

In contrast, the Lord Jesus Christ descended into hell after he was put to death on the cross where He was tried and tested and no fault was found in Him. He was thus made  strong  by the Spirit of God and defeated sin and death and rose out of hell in power triumphantly leading the first fruits of those He was to save.

Jesus, humble and selfless, then ascended to heaven and having given his life to redeem the people of the earth, was seated at the right hand of God the Father as King of kings and Lord of lords.

Jesus is now enthroned eternally over all things and from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

Bless our Lord who conquered sin and death and paid a costly ransom for our salvation. 

Amen.



Wednesday, May 04, 2022

OUR LORD WHO BRINGS JUDGEMENT ON THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS

Isaiah chapter 34 verses 9 to 11 speaks of the  retribution that is visited on the nations for the sake of Zion. The passage says this;

Edom’s streams will be turned into pitch, her dust into burning sulfur; her land will become blazing pitch!

It will not be quenched night or day; its smoke will rise forever.

From generation to generation it will lie desolate; no one will ever pass through it again.

The desert owl and screech owl will possess it; the great owl and the raven will nest there.

God will stretch out over Edom the measuring line of chaos and the plumb line of desolation. 

Edom, representing the coalition of nations who aligned with the kingdom of darkness against Zion, is fearsomely  judged.

Her streams of water  that used to bring life and refreshing, are turned into streams of burning tar and the acrid smoke of sulphur and bitumen rise and fill the atmosphere making the whole land a toxic, uninhabitable wasteland.

The land is forsaken and abandoned so that only unclean birds (evil spirits) could dwell there.

The devastation of this judgement is so complete that the conditions in the aftermath are described with the same terms ( chaos and desolation ) that are used to outline the primordial conditions at creation which Genesis chapter 1 verse 2 says this way;

Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, 

This passage in Isaiah chapter 34  also mirrors the book of Revelation chapter  14 verse  11 with the  description of  smoke rising up forever. The passage in Revelation reads this way;

And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.”

The judgement against the kingdom of darkness and those who align with darkness is dreadful and eternal. The finality of the destruction is marked by the eternal columns of smoke rising from the scorched landscape.

Let us be sincerely grateful to our Lord who has given us the power to believe in the gospel of His salvation that saved us from the judgement reserved for the princes of darkness.

Amen.


Tuesday, May 03, 2022

OUR LORD WHO INTERVENES TO REDEEM US FROM OPPRESSION

Isaiah chapter 19 verse 13 reads this way;

The officials of Zoan have become fools, the leaders of Memphis are deceived; the cornerstones of her peoples have led Egypt astray.

In the time of Moses, when Egypt oppressed the children of Israel as slaves, the Lord intervened to redeem His people out of Egypt. He confounded the wise men and leaders of the land so that the whole nation was led astray. The Egytians, faced with the unrelenting pressure from the Lord, lost heart and released Israel from slavery.

The time now approaches when the Egypt that oppressed the children of Israel will represent the emerging oppressors of the Lord's people around the world.

The agenda of the powers of darkness is to erase the people of God and  strip even the memory of God from the face of the earth. 

But, as the Lord did to the Egyptians on the Nile, the Lord will confound the wise men of the modern  oppressor such that they all become gullible fools and in that state, lead the whole strategy of darkness astray.

The next verse (Isaiah 19 verse 14), graphically illustrates the condition of the oppressor after the Lord deals with them.

The Lord has poured into them a spirit of dizziness; they make Egypt stagger in all that she does, as a drunkard staggers around in his vomit.

The Great God of Israel renders the enemies of His people unable to function rationally and their plans and ambitions collapse.

Bless the Lord who intervenes to redeem us from oppression.

Amen.

Monday, May 02, 2022

OUR LORD WHO INTERCEPTS DANGER ON OUR BEHALF

Genesis chapter 31 verse 28 are words spoken to Jacob by his father-in-law, Laban.

Leading up to this point, Jacob, having lived with his in-laws for 20 years, began to sense some menace towards him from them and decided to make a run back to his own family. 

He packed his wives and children up and fled  but when Laban learned of the escape, he gathered his relatives and pursued them and after 7 days, caught up with them. 

Laban, having chased down his own daughters and grandchildren, was angry and was probably prepared to unleash some vengeance on Jacob.

Instead, when Laban was face to face with Jacob, he questioned him but did not harm him even though he had the power to do so. Laban said that the God of Jacob's father visited him in a dream and cautioned him to be careful not to say anything good or bad to Jacob. 

The dream may have saved Jacob's life that day. Laban, to his credit, heeded the warning in the dream and carefully worded his confrontation with Jacob saying things like;

You didn’t even let me kiss my grandchildren and my daughters goodbye. You have done a foolish thing. 

The Lord,  in a last minute intervention, saved Jacob from Laban's wrath and Jacob was able to proceed to the land of his own family where the amazing story of redemption resumed its course through history.

Bless the Lord who works all things together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.

Amen.

Sunday, May 01, 2022

OUR LORD WHO IS OUR SURE FOUNDATION

Ezekiel 39 verse 4 records the Lord's words to Gog, chief prince of Meshek and Tubal.

On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you. I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birds and to the wild animals.

This stern warning to a chief  prince in the spiritual realm is about the Lord rising up against them for moving against His people.

On the mountains of Israel, the Lord will bring the chief prince down along with his army and the nations he had formed alliances with.

They will be brought to such utter destruction that vultures and wild animals will partake in the cleanup of the battlefield.

The time of this battle approaches as alliances of darkness align  nations against God's people.

The Lord is mighty to save and the attempt by the kingdom of darkness to erase the Lord's inheritance will be met by our strong fortress on the mountains of Israel.

Let us bless the Lord who scatters his enemies and is our rock and our sure foundation.

Amen.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

 OUR LORD WHO ORDERS OUR STEPS

Genesis chapter 13 verse 9 records the words of Abram to his nephew Lot.

Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.”

 Because they were travelling together, all their flocks and herds and households were competing for the same resources like grazing land  and water. Abram proposed that to prevent conflict between them, they should part ways.

Abram, in deference to his nephew, gave him the first choice of the land before them and told Lot that he would accept whatever land Lot left to him.

Abram's proposal was one of faith where he knew that the Lord was His provider and that the quality of the land that he ended up settling in would have no bearing on how much the Lord could bless him.

Following the Lord's guidance avails us with the principal established in Romans chapter 8 verse 28 that says;

 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

When we follow the words of wisdom that the Lord gives us, even if, initially, they seem to be to our disadvantage, the Lord works all things for our good and we end up being blessed lavishly by Him.

Let us give thanks for His abundant blessings upon us.

Amen.

Friday, April 29, 2022

OUR LORD WHO GUIDES OUR STEPS IN TIMES OF CONFLICT

Genesis chapter 13 verse 5, relating a story of Abram and his nephew Lot,  reads this way;

Now Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents.

This verse describes the catalyst that prompted the separation of Abram's family and Lot's family.

Because these two parties were traveling together, the flocks and herds and tents that they both had, came into conflict with each other because they were putting pressure on the same resources.

As friction grew, Abram, with faith and wisdom of the Lord, proposed that he and his nephew go separate ways and Abram gave Lot the first pick saying to him in verse 9, "If you go  to the left, I will go to the right and if you go to the right, I will go to the left".

This conflict resolution technique is mirrored by Gamaliel, a teacher of Israel during the time of the early  apostles. As the word of the gospel of Jesus went around the land, it came into conflict with the Judaism practiced by Israel and Christian leaders were arrested and questioned for their beliefs. 

Gamaliel, speaking to the council that was examining the followers of Jesus, said this in Acts chapter 5 verses 38 - 39;

Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”

Here, Gamaliel's position was like Abram's because  he advised the council to take a deferential stance. Instead of swinging into action to dominate the situation, he counseled his peers to part ways with the followers of Jesus and leave the matter in the hands of God. Doing so, would rightly place the decision of who would prosper within the Lord's purview in the same way that Abram did.

Another parting of ways due to conflict is found in Acts chapter 15 verses 37 - 40 where Paul and Barnabas were preparing to travel to the churches among the gentiles. The passage reads this way;

Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the believers to the grace of the Lord.

Here,  the differences between Paul and Barnabas, who had been travelling companions for a while, brought their partnership to an end and Barnabas went one way and Paul, another.

The same mechanisms of conflict resolution were at play in this passage.  Instead of staying together while conflict continued to grow between them, a separation of ways was adopted so that the conflict would cease and the results that came from the paths chosen, would ultimately show where wisdom lay.

Bless our Lord who guides our steps by His wisdom.

Amen.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

OUR LORD WHO PRESERVES A REMNANT

Isaiah chapter 17 verses 3 - 9 reads this way;

The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim, and royal power from Damascus; the remnant of Aram will be like the glory of the Israelites,” declares the Lord Almighty.  “In that day the glory of Jacob will fade; the fat of his body will waste away.

It will be as when reapers harvest the standing grain, gathering the grain in their arms—as when someone gleans heads of grain in the Valley of Rephaim. Yet some gleanings will remain, as when an olive tree is beaten, leaving two or three olives on the topmost branches, four or five on the fruitful boughs,” declares the Lord, the God of Israel. 

In that day people will look to their Maker and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel. They will not look to the altars, the work of their hands, and they will have no regard for the Asherah poles  and the incense altars their fingers have made.

 In that day their strong cities, which they left because of the Israelites, will be like places abandoned to thickets and undergrowth. And all will be desolation.

The passage  speaks of a remnant of God's people who remain after the strength and power of their kingdoms waste away and fade from their former glory.

The text graphically illustrates how the remnant will be like a handful of olives  that are left  clinging to the tips of the branches after the harvest.

This remnant will look to the Lord their creator and will abandon their false altars that they made with their hands.

This tiny remnant of people will be what the Lord God gathers out of the desolation and they will be singularly devoted to Him.

When the nations rage and roar, they are rebuked by the Lord and they flee and the nations are met by a sudden terror and by morning they are gone, as it says in verse 13 - 14. 

The remnant of the Lord will retain the glory of Israel.

Amen.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

OUR LORD GOES TO WAR FOR HIS PEOPLE

Ezekiel chapter 30 speaks of the fall of Egypt. The nation of Egypt that oppressed the children of Israel stands in for the spiritual global oppressor that will try to subjugate God's people. Ezekiel chapter 30 verses 1 - 4 says this;

The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, prophesy and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:  “‘Wail and say,   “Alas for that day!” For the day is near,  the day of the Lord is near—a day of clouds, a time of doom for the nations. 

A sword will come against Egypt,  and anguish will come upon Cush. When the slain fall in Egypt, her wealth will be carried away and her foundations torn down.

In this passage, the Day of the Lord is prophecied as a day of clouds and doom for the nations.

War is prophesied for Egypt and the Egyptians will be slain and her wealth dispersed and her organizational structures will be uprooted.

Continuing with verses 7 - 8, the prophecy goes onto say this;

“‘The allies of Egypt will fall and her proud strength will fail. From Migdol to Aswan they will fall by the sword within her, declares the Sovereign Lord. “‘They will be desolate among desolate lands, and their cities will lie among ruined cities.

Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I set fire to Egypt and all her helpers are crushed.

Here, the scriptures declare that the allies of Egypt will also be laid waste when Egypt is torched and her helpers crushed. 

Continuing onto verses 10 - 12, the prophecy declares this; 

“‘I will put an end to the hordes of Egypt by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.

He and his army—the most ruthless of nations— will be brought in to destroy the land. They will draw their swords against Egypt and fill the land with the slain. I will dry up the waters of the Nile and sell the land to an evil nation by the hand of foreigners. I will lay waste the land and everything in it.

Verses 18 to 19 concludes the description of the assault  with the Lord breaking the yoke of Egypt and her strength being brought to an end. The text reads this way;

Dark will be the day at Tahpanhes  when I break the yoke of Egypt; there her proud strength will come to an end. She will be covered with clouds, and her villages will go into captivity.

So I will inflict punishment on Egypt, and they will know that I am the Lord.’”

Egypt and her ambitions are thus crushed and her power collapses as she is brought under subjugation of a ruthless master. Her wealth is stripped away and her strength is drained.

Our Lord is prepared for Egypt for He knows the end from the beginning.

Amen.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

OUR LORD WHO IS OUR MEDIATOR

Ezekiel chapter 14 verses 3 - 7 records the Lord speaking to the prophet Ezekiel when some elders of Israel came before the prophet to ask him to inquire of  the Lord on their behalf. The passage containing the Lord's response to the visitation of the elders reads this way;

 “Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces. 

Should I let them inquire of me at all? Therefore speak to them and tell them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: When any of the Israelites set up idols in their hearts and put a wicked stumbling block before their faces and then go to a prophet, I the Lord will answer them myself in keeping with their great idolatry.

I will do this to recapture the hearts of the people of Israel, who have all deserted me for their idols.’

 “Therefore say to the people of Israel, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Repent! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices!

“‘When any of the Israelites or any foreigner residing in Israel separate themselves from me and set up idols in their hearts and put a wicked stumbling block before their faces and then go to a prophet to inquire of me, I the Lord will answer them myself.

To start, the Lord gave Ezekiel two words of knowledge concerning these men. Firstly, that they were harboring idols in their hearts and secondly, that they had put wicked stumbling blocks  before their faces.

The Lord then asked Ezekiel if He should accept to be inquired of by the elders of Israel when they were in that condition. He instructed Ezekiel to speak to the elders and warn them that when they approach the Lord with idols in their hearts and stumbling blocks before their faces, the Lord would answer them directly. 

The Lord then told Ezekiel to councel the elders and the people of Israel to repent of their idolatries and their detestable practices or else the Lord would bypass the prophets like Ezekiel and He would answer them Himself.

This stipulation is a way for people who are truly seeking God and His ways to approach the Lord without facing His righteous reaction to their idolatry and their detestable practices.

They must repent of these things first and then the Lord will allow a mediator to interact with them on the Lord's behalf.

This scenario is a model of how the Lord can be approached in our time. When we hear the good news of the Lord's salvation and we believe that Jesus died for us on a cross and then rose from the dead,  we repent of our sins and the Lord Jesus becomes the mediator between God and us so that we do not face God's judgement but the mediator Jesus Christ stands before the father on our behalf.

We are thus represented before God as righteous and acceptable through Jesus and thus we can inquire of the Lord.

Amen.


Monday, April 25, 2022

OUR LORD WHO DELIVERS HIS PEOPLE FROM THE OPPRESSOR

Isaiah 19 verse 3 - 5 speaks of what happens when the Lord Himself arises against the Egyptian oppressors of His people. He arrives travelling on a swift cloud and brings chaos and fear to the people of Egypt. What follows is described by the Lord this way;

The Egyptians will lose heart, and I will bring their plans to nothing; they will consult the idols and the spirits of the dead, the mediums and the spiritists.

I will hand the Egyptians over to the power of a cruel master and a fierce king will rule over them,” declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.

The waters of the river will dry up, and the riverbed will be parched and dry.

The historic Egyptians who enslaved and oppressed the children of Israel represent the oppressors of God's people at the end of the age. Their kingdom of darkness is seeking to bring God's people under subjugation but the Lord will defend His people and bring the oppressors to ruin. 

As the passage says, the Egyptians are discouraged because their plans collapse and to try get a grip of the  supernatural forces being leveled against them, they consult with mediums and spiritists.

As part of their retribution for their harshness, they are also given a taste of their own medicine where they are handed over to a cruel and fierce oppressor. They are also subjected to lack of resources as referenced by the drying up of their rivers.

The Lord is our strong fortress and our great deliverer who frees us from the oppressor.

Amen.


Sunday, April 24, 2022

OUR LORD WHO PREPARES US FOR BATTLE

Isaiah 13 verse 3 says this;

I have commanded those I prepared for battle; I have summoned my warriors to carry out my wrath— those who rejoice in my triumph.

The Lord Himself is speaking in this verse and He describes how He personally directed those He prepared for battle. The Lord also declares that His warriors are called to execute the wrath of God and that he only called those who rejoice in His triumph.

This passage is a detail within a larger context of the Lord mustering ( or gathering ) His army that He marshalls against the forces of darkness that have undertaken to oppress the people of God. 

The Lord is triumphant over them because His refulgent manifold wisdom allowed Him to accumulate a massive well-trained  army in the spirit realm that was able to rapidly amass and deploy against the forces of darkness to defeat them.

That time approaches and is now when the people who rejoice in the Lord's triumph are being awakened, trained and equipped for victory.

Amen.


Saturday, April 23, 2022

OUR LORD WHO GIVES US SIGNS OF IMMINENT DANGER

The five kings of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboyim and Bela rebelled against the king of Elam who had dominated them for 12 years. In response to the challenge by his subjects, the king of Elam formed an alliance with the kings of Goyim, Shinar and Ellasar.

Genesis chapter 14 verse 9 - 10 records the five kings squaring off...

against Kedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of Goyim, Amraphel king of Shinar and Arioch king of Ellasar—four kings against five. Now the valley of Siddim was full of tar pits, and when the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, some of the men fell into them and the rest fled to the hills.

This passage describes a detail of what occured when the five kings formed battle lines against the four kings. 

When they met on the battle field, the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled. Some men went through the valley of Siddim where a number of them fell into the tar pits that dotted the valley while other men fled to the hills.

In this battle against oppression, the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah  had two options: To flee down through the valley of Siddim or to flee to the hills. Those who went down to the valley were trapped in the hazardous environment while those who fled to the hills were safe.

This event parallels the prophecy described by the Lord Jesus in Mathew chapter 24.

Here, there is a struggle between the oppressed and the oppressor but at a certain point, when a sign of the times occurs, a rapid retreat is required and in this case, Jesus directs people to flee to the hills and not to go down into their homes to get their things. The passage reads this way;

“So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house.  Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.

This fearsome scenario should compel us to always keep watch for the signs that our Lord has indicated for our safety and be prepared to take action.

Amen.



Reference resource: https://bible.knowing-jesus.com

Friday, April 22, 2022

OUR LORD WHO EXALTS THE HUMBLE

Isaiah 49 verse 11 says this;

I will turn all my mountains into roads,  and my highways will be raised up.

Preceding this verse, the scriptures speak about the Lord restoring his people out of captivity and darkness and then ministering to them who have been saved by feeding them and leading them by springs of water. 

It is in this context that the Lord declares that'll  His mountains will be turned into roads  and His highways will be raised up.

Reminiscent of this scripture are the familiar words out of Isaiah chapter 40 verses 3 - 4 that say this;.

A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 

Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.

Here, the inversion of the landscape is described even more vividly where the things that are high are brought low and the things that are low are lifted up.

These passages are metaphors for the concept that the Lord Jesus, speaking to the crowds in Jerusalem in Luke chapter 14 verse 11, was teaching them;

For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

The Lord, when He rescues His people and comforts them, will bring low the ones who elevated themselves and lift up the ones who humbled themselves.

This is why the Lord counsels His people this way in Luke 14;

“When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. 

If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. 

Amen.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

OUR LORD WHOSE DAY IS NEAR

Isaiah chaper 13 verses 6 - 9 says this;

Wail, for the day of the Lord is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.

Because of this, all hands will go limp, every heart will melt with fear. Terror will seize them, pain and anguish will grip them; they will writhe like a woman in labor. They will look aghast at each other, their faces aflame.

See, the day of the Lord is coming—a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger—to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it.

This passage continues on from the description of the great massing of  the Lord's army in preparation for an assault on the strongholds of darkness.

As the day of action approaches, the reactions of the agents of darkness are recorded this way; Terror will grip them and pain and anguish will seize them. Their hearts will melt and they will writhe in agony. Their arms will hang limp and they will be aghast and their faces will be aflame.

As this event draws near, the prophet advises the people to wail for such is the day of the Lord.

A day of wrath and anger that will make the land desolate and the sinners in it will be destroyed.

Such a day must be prepared for by repentance and believing and trusting in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ who died to pay the penalty for our sins that the wrath of God may pass over us and spare us from its destruction.

Amen.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

OUR LORD PREPARES HIS ARMY

Isaiah 13 verses 1 - 5 is a prophecy that is laid over the framework of the corporeal world that points forward to an imminent spiritual reality.

Babylon, a historical foe of Israel, stands in for the systems of this world that stand in opposition to the people of God. The passage reads this way;

A prophecy against Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz saw:

Raise a banner on a bare hilltop, shout to them; beckon to them to enter the gates of the nobles.

I have commanded those I prepared for battle; I have summoned my warriors to carry out my wrath—those who rejoice in my triumph.

Listen, a noise on the mountains, like that of a great multitude! Listen, an uproar among the kingdoms, like nations massing together!

The Lord Almighty is mustering an army for war. They come from faraway lands, from the ends of the heavens—the Lord and the weapons of his wrath—to destroy the whole country.

This scriptural excerpt speaks of the spiritual preparation of the Lord's people for the looming battle  between the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness.

Summons to prayer and intersession are increasing among God's people everywhere and the pursuit of the things of God are expanding among his people the world over.

Watch and continuously pray to be part of what the prophet Joel describes in Joel chapter 2 verse 2;

Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, such as never was in ancient times nor ever will be in ages to come.

Amen.



Tuesday, April 19, 2022

OUR LORD ON WHOM WE BASE OUR CONFIDENCE

Isaiah 36 verses 1 - 5 says this;

In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah’s reign, Sennacherib king of Assyria attacked all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them.

 Then the king of Assyria sent his field commander with a large army from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem. 

When the commander stopped at the aqueduct of the Upper Pool, on the road to the Launderer’s Field, Eliakim son of Hilkiah the palace administrator, Shebna the secretary, and Joah son of Asaph the recorder went out to him.

The field commander said to them, “Tell Hezekiah: “‘This is what the great king, the king of Assyria, says: On what are you basing this confidence of yours?"

The Assyrian army, having successfully captured the fortified cities of Judah, set its sights on Jerusalem but the city remained defiant and so the King of Assyria, Sennacherib, sent his field commander with a large army to confer with   King Hezekiah of Judah.

King Hezekiah sent out a delegation of palace functionaries to meet with the Assyrian field commander. 

On behalf of king Sennacherib, the field commander asked Hezekiah's delegation to relay back to their king this  immortal question;

"On what are you basing this confidence of yours?"

The Assyrian army  was puzzled because the intelligence gathered by their agents did not reveal any reason why Jerusalem would believe that they could fend off the Assyrian attack.

As far as they could tell, there were no allies marching to their aid and there were no reserves of soldiers and supplies that could detected.

The Assyrians were so mystified that they  decided to asked king Hezekiah himself what card he had hidden up his sleeve.

The Assyrians, instead of dealing with Jerusalem in a professional, military way, undertook to jeer at the idea that Jerusalem's trust in the God of Israel would make a difference in the outcome of their attack.

They blasphemed the living God saying that it would be ill-advised to base any confidence on Him.

The Assyrians were wrong.

By the next morning, the Assyrian army of 185,000 men,  was dead and their King, Sennacherib, retreated to where he came from where he was killed by his sons.

The question was, "On what was Hezekiah basing  his confidence?".

He was basing it on the Lord God Almighty.

Amen.

Monday, April 18, 2022

OUR LORD IS NOT MOCKED

Sennacherib, king of Assyria, attacked and captured all the fortified  cities of Judah and was preparing to take Jerusalem. Sennacherib sent his field commander to advise Hezekiah, the king of Judah, to give up the defence of the city and surrender.

Using the principles of psychological warfare, the field commander of the Assyrian army loudly told the people of Jerusalem not to listen to Hezekiah their king when he advised them to trust in the Lord their God to rescue them.

Sennacherib's representative proclaimed to the people of Jerusalem that no nation had been able to resist the power of Assyria and so their city would be destroyed because even their God could not save them.

When Judah's representatives returned to Hezekiah with the words of Sennacherib, he was deeply distressed and sent palace functionaries and leading priests to consult with Isaiah the prophet.

Isaiah chapter 37 verse 4 - 6 records the message that was sent to Isaiah and Isaiah's response that he received from the Lord. The passage reads this way;

It may be that the Lord your God will hear the words of the field commander, whom his master, the king of Assyria, has sent to ridicule the living God, and that he will rebuke him for the words the Lord your God has heard. Therefore pray for the remnant that still survives.”

When King Hezekiah’s officials came to Isaiah, Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master, ‘This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid of what you have heard—those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. 

This passage reveals a breath-taking reversal of fortune. 

Hezekiah's message to Isaiah indicated that the Lord would have heard the ridicule that the king of Assyria had hurled at the God of Israel through his field commander.

Isaiah responded with a word from the Lord gently assuring Hezekiah not to be afraid of the words of intimidation from Sennacherib.

Then came the hairpin turn;

The Lord said that the reason they were not to be afraid was that the underlings of the king of Assyria had blasphemed Him.

This verdict from the Lord God almighty resulted in the existential deletion of Sennacherib and his army. 

That night, an angel killed the 185,000 men in Sennacherib's army and Sennacherib himself returned to where he came from where he was soon ignominiously killed by his own sons.

Such was the end of those who deigned to arrogantly blaspheme the Lord God of Israel.

Let us fear the Lord, for who can overturn His verdict and who can resist his judgement?

Amen.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

OUR LORD FROM WHOM WE SHOULD SEEK DISERNMENT

Isaiah chapter 39 verses 3 - 5 speaks of an occasion  where Hezekiah,  king of Israel, hosted  an entourage from Babylon that had been sent with a message of good wishes concerning his recovery from an illness.

Hezekiah obliged the visitors and showed them the treasures of Israel and all the armories. 

When the men had gone, the prophet Isaiah arrived and confronted the king. The passage reads this way;

Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and asked, “What did those men say, and where did they come from?”

“From a distant land,” Hezekiah replied. “They came to me from Babylon.”

The prophet asked, “What did they see in your palace?” “They saw everything in my palace,” Hezekiah said. “There is nothing among my treasures that I did not show them.”

When Isaiah learned that everything in Israel's treasuries and armories had been revealed to the strangers, the prophet immediately spoke a word that all that the envoys from Babylon had seen would be carried away to Babylon including the people of Israel and even the king's own descendants.

This passage warns us of how strangers of unknown intentions should be handled with caution and spiritual council should be sought before engaging them. If Isaiah had been on location to give insight on the intentions of the visitors from Babylon, the error of making all of Israel's resources and strengths known to Babylon would not have occurred.

The prophetic gift of discernment would have been brought to bear by the experienced prophet of the Lord and access to the secret things of Israel would have been limited.

Let us bless the Lord who makes available the gift of discernment that can convey the underlying  spiritual drivers of persons and events and give warning of danger.

Amen.