Saturday, May 3, 2008

Seeking Help from Egypt - Isa 30

Seeking Help from Egypt

Isa 30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:
Isa 30:2 That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt!

This prophecy was given when Israel and Judah were under attack by the Assyrians. Woe to the rebellious children. It was rebellion that took away God's protection from them. It is rebellion that takes away God's protection from the United States. They sought counsel from Egypt and men, but not from God. They covered themselves with bribery and things of the world to escape, but not with the Spirit of God. They did fleshly things and did not seek the counsel and help that comes only from God. God is speaking to them, he sees their desperate condition and he sees their trust in things and not him. They looked for alliances with Egypt, a nation who does not worship their God. Who will our nation turn to? We have no friends and most of the world does not seek God. Our own people are divided as were Israel and Judah. WE seek to be covered by military strength, but many add sin to sin.

Isa 30:3 Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.
Isa 30:4 For his princes were at Zoan, and his ambassadors came to Hanes.
Isa 30:5 They were all ashamed of a people that could not profit them, nor be an help nor profit, but a shame, and also a reproach.

Egypt was not their strength. The Egyptians were ashamed of them, for they had nothing in themselves. They bought and consumed things from Egypt but they produced little of worth. We can apply this to our country, once the greatest producer of all things and a supplier to the world. We helped our enemies and rebuilt their lands. Now, we have little industry, for we have invested in foreign countries. Our enemies are our providers, China produces most everything we need. In time of trouble will they come to our aid? We are despised by all the world. We export pornography and immoral entertainment. A generation has turned from the values and the God who made us a prosperous and good nation. Will we face the invaders as did Israel and Judah. We can't keep our borders closed from illegal smuggling of people and dangerous drugs and possibly terrorists.

We who trust the Lord are the help of our nation. Our prayers are our protection. We trust in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We are to witness the gospel to bring life to a spiritually dead people. Our sins are covered by the blood of the Lamb; they are no more. Do we hide from what is coming? We shall trust in God, through the Holy Spirit, being made the children of God through trusting in Jesus Christ, our savior.

Rom 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Rom 8:33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
Rom 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Rom 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Rom 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Rom 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Paul was executed by the Roman emporer, Nero, but he left behind the example and good counsel given through the Holy Spirit. He lives today with Jesus. Where is Nero? His life was a zero. We will be as Paul and Jesus.

Onward Christian soldiers, march forward into the future, you are with Christ Jesus in heavenly places.

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