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October 8, 2018

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

Isaiah 31 (ESV)

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help
    and rely on horses,
who trust in chariots because they are many
    and in horsemen because they are very strong,
but do not look to the Holy One of Israel
    or consult the Lord!
And yet he is wise and brings disaster;
    he does not call back his words,
but will arise against the house of the evildoers
    and against the helpers of those who work iniquity.
The Egyptians are man, and not God,
    and their horses are flesh, and not spirit.
When the Lord stretches out his hand,
    the helper will stumble, and he who is helped will fall,
    and they will all perish together..
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  1. 1 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help
    and rely on horses,
    who trust in chariots because they are many
    and in horsemen because they are very strong,
    but do not look to the Holy One of Israel
    or consult the Lord!

  2. I had to go back to Deuteronomy 17:16 to read The Lords previous command not to go to Egypt to buy horses, (it kind of stuck in my mind because of my years in the horse business.) On top of the breaking of a law the people were looking to other people, not God, for their help. Isaiah is simply pointing out the futility of this action and also the all encompassing power of God.

  3. Yes the Israelites are warned not to rely on Egypt and they are here reminded here of God’s desire to provide for them if they would only depend on Him. And what a great lesson for us who would tend to rely on the things of this world that are in opposition to God, the things that are about flesh and not Spirit. And yet in spite of our misaligned dependence, God at times will protect us anyways. Thereby He reveals and makes clear His power and ability to handle things that we cannot handle as well as His care for us. See earthly thinking cannot perceive how God could handle Assyria, who Israel is running. from and to Egypt. But as verse 8 tells us God will handle Assyria and nit by means that man can muster, but by the power of His hand. Glad to have this chapter to remind us of that. May we rest therefore in His power, provision, protection and care.

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