Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Do not Trust in Egypt - Isa 30

Do not Trust in Egypt

Isa 30:6 The burden of the beasts of the south: into the land of trouble and anguish, from whence come the young and old lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses, and their treasures upon the bunches of camels, to a people that shall not profit them.

Woe to the beasts of burden, the donkeys and camels who are loaded down with the riches of Israel, to buy protection. All that work for nothing. They will travel to Egypt a place of lions and snakes; some of these were worshipped as gods by the Egyptians. These people will not help them or profit them. Israel and Judah are God's covenant people, yet they trusted in riches and in an idolatrous nation who has no regard for them.

Applying this to our country, how many countries that we give our money too will come to our aid if under attack? Most would probably celebrate. The hope of God's people who are in a covenant with him, is not a pagan nation, but the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Give our treasure to Him. What is it that he wants? Our hearts and obedience to His will.

Isa 30:7 For the Egyptians shall help in vain, and to no purpose: therefore have I cried concerning this, Their strength is to sit still.

The Egyptians would help in an empty way, to no purpose; what's the use? God had spoken to them, for their power was to sit still and do nothing. Sometimes we pour out our resources out of fear, as Jacob sent his fortune to Esau, out of fear. It was the waiting on the LORD that saved Jacob. The LORD changes circumstances.

Isa 8:17 And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.

Isa 40:29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Isa 40:30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
Isa 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

We wait upon the LORD, as Jacob waited. He prayed and wrestled with the angel of God until he was blessed and had overcome. We are to wait like this, upon the Lord. Our ownmind, our flesh, our riches are not enough. We wait upon the LORD for he is our strength and our deliverer. We are not unlike Israel as a nation at that time. Yet, we are the people who trust in the LORD. We are not without strength and purpose. Wait upon the Lord and he will arise in us and through us.

2 Sam 22:2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
2 Sam 22:3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
2 Sam 22:4 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
2 Sam 22:5 When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid;
2 Sam 22:6 The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;
2 Sam 22:7 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.

Thank you Father for hearing us and forgiving our sins, through Christ Jesus. We want your strength and wisdom for our burdens were lifted at Calvary. Rise up Holy Spirit and flow through your vessels, your temples. We are nothing without our Father's help. Amen

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