2 Kings 18:19-25

30 07 2011

2 Kings 18:19) Then [the] Rabshakeh said to them, “Say now to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria: “What confidence [is] this in which you trust?

2 Kings 18:20) “You speak of [having] plans and power for war; but [they are] mere words. And in whom do you trust, that you rebel against me?

2 Kings 18:21) “Now look! You are trusting in the staff of this broken reed, Egypt, on which if a man leans, it will go into his hand and pierce it. So [is] Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him.

2 Kings 18:22) “But if you say to me, ‘We trust in the LORD our God,’ [is] it not He whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah has taken away, and said to Judah and Jerusalem, ‘You shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem’?” ‘

2 Kings 18:23) “Now therefore, I urge you, give a pledge to my master the king of Assyria, and I will give you two thousand horses–if you are able on your part to put riders on them!

2 Kings 18:24) “How then will you repel one captain of the least of my master’s servants, and put your trust in Egypt for chariots and horsemen?

2 Kings 18:25) “Have I now come up without the LORD against this place to destroy it? The LORD said to me, ‘Go up against this land, and destroy it.’ “

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A little bit Faustian, but then again all deals the devil gives are, “I will give you anything you want if you give me your soul,” a bad trade in any situation.  But unfortunately too many people see the Lord as the bad deal, they feel he asks for too much when he says, “Have no other gods before me,” that’s just too much trouble to have a relationship with Him, we like our gods too much; the almighty TV, the great internet, dollar the wise, and pleasure the wonderful.  These almighty things are much more important than someone as unimportant as Jesus, I mean he just ask for so much; that we have no other gods before him, that we love him like he loves us, that we love our neighbors like we love ourselves; I mean what’s next no more stealing, raping, or killing.  Being a servant of the Lord is both easy and hard, easy because he just asks that we believe in him and love him; and hard because he asks us to do it for life.  But despite the pain and anguish being with the Lord is worth anything and everything, because his rewards last longer and are better.

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