Word at Work June 28, 2016

Scripture: Isaiah 37:1-4

Isaiah 37:1-4 records a devastating warfare against Hezekiah and the city of Jerusalem where they were threatened with utter destruction. It says, “And so it was, when King Hezekiah heard it, that he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the Lord. Then he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz. And they said to him, “Thus says Hezekiah: ‘This day is a day of trouble and rebuke and blasphemy; for the children have come to birth, but there is no strength to bring them forth. It may be that the Lord your God will hear the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to reproach the living God, and will rebuke the words which the Lord your God has heard. Therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left.” If we apply our definition of faith, what does faith do? It looks at the situation, assesses it, finds the promise of Scripture to be delivered from the enemy, declares that covenant promise and calls forth total deliverance. Faith puts the enemy under our feet! Does that happen in this situation concerning Hezekiah? If it does, it would be an amazing sign of how faith worked in the Old Testament the same way it works in the New. Hebrews 11 makes it very clear that all those promises in the Old Testament of those who walked by faith are examples for us.

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