Archive for July 14th, 2017

King Sennacherib of Assyria had taken Samaria and carried the Israelites off into Assyria, “because they did not obey the voice of the Lord their God but transgressed His covenant” – 2 Kings 18:11-12. Hezekiah asked Sennacherib to withdraw, and promised to give him whatever he asked for to leave them in peace. Sennacherib says he wants 300 talents of silver and 30 talents of gold, so Hezekiah gives him all the silver from the treasuries in the palace and then takes all the silver and all the gold from the house of the Lord. Even with all this, Sennacherib still came back and tried to take over again, ridiculing the Lord and saying the Lord couldn’t keep him out of Jerusalem. The word got to Isaiah, and God gave Isaiah a word for His people, telling them not to be afraid, the Lord has it all in hand. Sennacherib will go home and fall by the sword in his own land. (2 Kings 19: 7)

Isaiah 33 begins with a prophecy about Sennacherib, termed here as “the destroyer”. Verse 2 is the prayer of Isaiah, and verses 3 – 6 are praise to the Lord God. In verse 7 we return to Sennacherib attacking Israel again and verses 10 – 14 are God’s judgment on the people. The remainder of the chapter is about the one who walks rightly with God.

Matthew 5:14 – 16 is just one place in the Scriptures where Jesus tells us to walk rightly with God. He says, “You are the light of the world”. As members of Father God’s family, we represent Him wherever we go. When people look at us, they should see a representation of Father God. Exodus 20:7 says, “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain”. This doesn’t just mean with your mouth, but also through your actions. The way we behave reflects on our Heavenly Father, just as behaviour in anyone else reflects on their earthly parents. Verse 15 of our chapter for today is just one place that tells us how we should behave in a way which is pleasing to the Lord.  This behaviour, which should please our Father God, will draw us closer to Him. Of course we are saved by grace, not by works, but as Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lord Jesus, help me today to let Your light in me so shine, that those around me may glorify God. Amen.

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