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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Day 204: Taunting of the Enemy

Today's Reading: Isaiah 35-36

Hezekiah was a righteous man. He trusted in God.

But his faith was put on the line when he decided to stand up to his great enemy, the King of Assyria.

Sennacherib, the Assyrian king, had attacked every city in Judah and captured them. He was now on his way toward Israel, ready to gobble them up also. He taunted the people of Israel, telling them they had no choice. They could choose between Assyria or Egypt and Assyria would be the easier master.

Assyria's field commander takes center stage and speaks to the people of Israel, hoping to turn them against their righteous king into the hands of comfort and security--and slavery--under Sennacherib.

Do not let Hezekiah deceive you. He cannot deliver you!

Do not let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in the LORD.

Do not listen to Hezekiah. Make peace with me instead.

Do not let Hezekiah mislead you.

Amazingly, the people listened but did not speak. They let their enemy strut in front of them. They did not shake with fear. They did not rise up in protest.

They stood still in silence.

Sometimes the best thing to do is to remain silent and not reply to taunting.

This world throws some hard words at us at times--some huge challenges. We feel the slap on the face, we see the gauntlet being tossed. People want to draw us into a fight, a battle.

Always remember two things:

The battle belongs to the LORD.

Be still and know that God is god.

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