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Living Life

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  • October 2017
2017. 10. 13 | Responding to the Enemy (Isaiah 36:13~22)         Speakers Jacob Jeon

13 Then the commander stood and called out in Hebrew, "Hear the words of the great king, the king of Assyria!
14 This is what the king says: Do not let Hezekiah deceive you. He cannot deliver you!
15 Do not let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in the LORD when he says, `The LORD will surely deliver us; this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.'
16 "Do not listen to Hezekiah. This is what the king of Assyria says: Make peace with me and come out to me. Then every one of you will eat from his own vine and fig tree and drink water from his own cistern,
17 until I come and take you to a land like your own -- a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards.
18 "Do not let Hezekiah mislead you when he says, `The LORD will deliver us.' Has the god of any nation ever delivered his land from the hand of the king of Assyria?
19 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim? Have they rescued Samaria from my hand?
20 Who of all the gods of these countries has been able to save his land from me? How then can the LORD deliver Jerusalem from my hand?"
21 But the people remained silent and said nothing in reply, because the king had commanded, "Do not answer him."
22 Then Eliakim son of Hilkiah the palace administrator, Shebna the secretary, and Joah son of Asaph the recorder went to Hezekiah, with their clothes torn, and told him what the field commander had said.

 

Reflection

Loyalty Tested (36:13–20)

Now the Assyrian field commander makes a direct appeal to the people of Judah in their own language, exhorting them to pledge allegiance to the king of Assyria. He urges them not to listen to Hezekiah and promises that if they ally themselves with Assyria, they will be safe and provided for. This is an enticing appeal to a people who are under siege and starving. Like this enemy envoy, the enemy will try to divert our loyalty from God by making sin look attractive and then convincing us that God is not good enough. But Satan is the father of lies, and we must guard ourselves against his deception. The world cannot offer us lasting security and provision; this can only be found in the Lord.

 

Is there anything in your life that is challenging your loyalty to Jesus Christ? How can you remind yourself today that Christ is more than enough?

 

Keeping Quiet under Pressure (36:21–22)

Against all odds, the people of Jerusalem choose to remain loyal to their king and their God. Hezekiah instructed them not to respond to Sennacherib’s threats, so they keep quiet. Our Savior Jesus Christ kept a similar posture when He was unjustly accused before Herod, choosing not to answer the questions He was asked (Luke 23:9). Silence can be a powerful weapon. When we are under attack, we may be tempted to speak and act in ways we will later regret. It is therefore wise to hold our tongues in such situations and instead run to the Lord in prayer. His counsel and protection are far better than anything this world can offer us.

 

Have you ever been unjustly attacked or accused? In such situations, how can you respond in a way that honors the Lord?

 

A letter to God 

Lord Jesus, You are a place of refuge to which I can run when everything else has failed me. Today I lift my burdens to You in exchange for the peace and joy that You give. In Your name I pray. Amen.

 

 

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