Word at Work February 6, 2017

Scripture: Isaiah 37:35-38

When we have an enemy that is doing evil, destroying good people and shedding innocent blood, how does God deal with them? God commanded Samuel to tell Saul and his army to kill all of the Amalekites. Verses 35-38 say, “‘For I will defend this city, to save it For My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.’ Then the angel of the Lord went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses—all dead. So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went away, returned home, and remained at Nineveh. Now it came to pass, as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, that his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Ararat. Then Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place.” What conclusion can we draw from this passage? We see God’s response to those who shed innocent blood. He may direct us to ask Him to shed their blood until they are utterly and totally removed from the land. Samuel, Isaiah and Hezekiah all did and we have a better covenant based on better promises and we are commanded through our prayers to restrain evil. Isaiah prayed God-ordained judgment over Sennacherib. When judgment is God-ordained, it is our job to listen to the Spirit when to pray it. Will we do it?

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