Archive for July 12th, 2017

We saw yesterday that Israel was trying to create an alliance with Egypt, a nation with which it had very little in common. It should be noted that Egypt was a very large and powerful nation that had great riches at its disposal. The attraction for Israel in having an ally in a country like that is very clear, although from a political standpoint it could have meant that Israel would have put itself in a very vulnerable position where Egypt might make all kinds of difficult demands.

Spiritually it was a monumental mistake. Egypt was a nation that worshipped idols and false gods and although Israel wasn’t being obedient to the one true God their foundations as a nation and all of their history were based on the worship of Jehovah. The two were not compatible in any way.

The attraction to the Hebrew people is made very clear in verse 1. They saw a powerful nation with many horsemen and many chariots and thought they look strong let’s hook up with them. It’s a decision made on the basis of that which is seen and not that which is unseen. There was no consideration of how powerful God is in any of this. Verse 3 declares, “The Egyptians are men and not God; their horses are flesh and not Spirit.” Later in verse 8 we learn that “Assyria will fall by a sword that is not of man,” a clear statement that the God of the Hebrew people, our God, is the highest power in heaven and on earth. In Him is found the strength and power to overcome all things. In Him there is no need to form alliances with those who appear big and strong in earthly terms because He is above all things and over all things. Philippians 2:10 reminds us that “At the name of Jesus every knee will bow” and we should never underestimate the power of His name in any situation.

Ephesians 6:12 teaches us that, “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” So if we find ourselves in a position where we need a powerful ally the place to seek it is in heaven not in the next biggest bully in the playground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Father God, remind me often through the presence of your Holy Spirit that you are over and above all things and that you are my greatest ally. Amen.

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