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October 6, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

Isaiah 30 (ESV)

“Ah, stubborn children,” declares the Lord,
“who carry out a plan, but not mine,
and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit,
    that they may add sin to sin;
who set out to go down to Egypt,
    without asking for my direction,
to take refuge in the protection of Pharaoh
    and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt!
Therefore shall the protection of Pharaoh turn to your shame,
    and the shelter in the shadow of Egypt to your humiliation.
For though his officials are at Zoan
    and his envoys reach Hanes,
everyone comes to shame
    through a people that cannot profit them,
that brings neither help nor profit,
    but shame and disgrace.”.
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  1. 18 Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you,
    and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.
    For the Lord is a God of justice;
    blessed are all those who wait for him.
    19For a people shall dwell in Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you. 20And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. 21And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left❤️

  2. Isaiah was prophesying at a very vulnerable time in Israel’s history. With obedience, God promised them military success. With disobedience, God assured Israel they would be overcome by their enemies. As this was happening and nations rose that were bigger and more powerful then Israel, namely Assyria at this time of history, there was a temptation for Israel to align themselves with other nations, namely Egypt in this chapter and the next at least, for protection. Isaiah’s warning and instruction in this chapter is for Israel to depend on God and not a foreign power. An alignment with Egypt will fail and will exchange one foreign power for another which was not God’s plan. The people were to see that God had raised up Assyria to draw the people back to Him, not to seek protection from the likes of Egypt. As verse 15 says it is in repentance, turning from their wicked ways to God, and rest, dependence on God, is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.

    It is a good lesson though for God’s people in any circumstance to ask ourselves what are we truly relying on in life. As circumstances get worse, are we turning to provisions outside of God’s will and plan? Are we depending on the ways of the world, the flesh or satan to handle our problems, or the ways and provisions of God?

    God always stands ready to hear, teach and guide. In this chapter again God points the people in a time of disobedience and desperation to a time when they will hear God’s voice, follow and be blessed. God is always the better solution. He has power to deal with Assyria, if His people would just have the faith to believe that He does.

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