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Some Trust in Chariots and Some in Horses…

by | Jan 16, 2016 | Faith, Great Commission, Judgment, Salvation

“Those who trusted in Cush and boasted in Egypt will be afraid and put to shame. In that day the people who live on this coast will say, ‘See what has happened to those we relied on, those we fled to for help and deliverance from the king of Assyria! How then can we escape?'” (Isa 20:5-6)   The stage is set in Israel.  Rather than to turn back to God when trouble is overcoming them, the northern kingdom has gone to the Egyptians and to the Cushites for help against their enemies.  And Egypt and Cush, apparently, agree to help Israel.  But then we come across this particular passage in the book of Isaiah, prophesying the downfall of both Egypt and Cush–Why?  To teach Israel an important lesson!  They refused to trust in the Lord, and right before their eyes, they are forced to witness the destruction of those in whom they had put their trust!  Trusting God, and GOD ALONE, is VITAL, my friends!  It is for this very reason that David gives us the following piece of advice:  “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” (Ps 20:7)   But let’s take this particular story a step farther.  Why were Egypt and Cush the subject of God’s punishment?  Sure, they had done wickedly, but so had many other nations not specifically mentioned in prophecy.  Could it have been that it was because of their entrance into the ungodly union with Israel?  Some may say this is rather harsh, after all, Egypt and Cush were just offering brotherly support.  But is this all they were doing?  Could it be that they were also held somewhat responsible for Israel’s backsliding?  What if they had said “no” to Israel?  Israel might have had no where to turn, but to God!    I would like to propose that when we help those who are seeking help, pointing them to ourselves, or to other human institutions rather than to God, we could be bringing down the wrath of God upon ourselves for leading others astray!  Let us always, in our dealings with others, attempt to point them to Jesus, and to Jesus alone, for He is the only source of true strength.  Let us make great efforts to keep them from leaning on human understanding and power, for just as Egypt and Cush were themselves overtaken, human understanding and power will always lead us astray!  “Look, the Lamb of God!” (John 1:36).  He is the One who “will give you rest!”  (Matt 11:28)  And above all, let us all place our COMPLETE trust in God!  “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” (Ps 20:7)  

In His love,
Lyn

Lyn Chaffart, Moderator, The Nugget, Scriptural Nuggets ( www.scripturalnuggets.org ), Answers2Prayer Ministries, www.Answers2Prayer.org

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