Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 20, 2015

“Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help And rely on horses, … And in horsemen because they are very strong, But they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the Lord!”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Chronicles chapter 25.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+25&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“5 Moreover, Amaziah assembled Judah and appointed them according to their fathers’ households under commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds throughout Judah and Benjamin;  and he took a census of those from twenty years old and upward and found them to be 300,000 choice men, able to go to war and handle spear and shield.  6 He hired also 100,000 valiant warriors out of Israel for one hundred talents of silver.  7 But a man of God came to him saying, “O king, do not let the army of Israel go with you, for the Lord is not with Israel nor with any of the sons of Ephraim.  8 But if you do go, do it, be strong for the battle;  yet God will bring you down before the enemy, for God has power to help and to bring down.”  9 Amaziah said to the man of God, “But what shall we do for the hundred talents which I have given to the troops of Israel?”  And the man of God answered, “The Lord has much more to give you than this.”

14 Now after Amaziah came from slaughtering the Edomites, he brought the gods of the sons of Seir, set them up as his gods, bowed down before them and burned incense to them. 15 Then the anger of the Lord burned against Amaziah, and He sent him a prophet who said to him, “Why have you sought the gods of the people who have not delivered their own people from your hand?”  16 As he was talking with him, the king said to him, “Have we appointed you a royal counselor?  Stop!  Why should you be struck down?”  Then the prophet stopped and said, “I know that God has planned to destroy you, because you have done this and have not listened to my counsel.”  2 Chronicles Chapter 25:  Verses 5-9 and 14-16.

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Amaziah king of Judah looked to Israel for help to wage war rather than seek the LORD.  Amaziah was rebuked by a man of God for seeking help from Israel rather than seeking help from the LORD:  “God has power to help and to bring down.  …  The Lord has much more to give you than this.”  Verses 8-9.

Later, Amaziah “brought the gods of the sons of Seir, set them up as his gods, bowed down before them and burned incense to them.”  Verse 14.     Amaziah was rebuked again, this time from a prophet, for seeking help from the gods of the people rather than seeking help from the One and Only God:  “Why have you sought the gods of the people who have not delivered their own people from your hand?”  Verse 15.

Sadly, seeking others for help rather than seeking help from God was a common practice for Israel and Judah.  The following Isaiah Chapter 31 summarizes the woe to those who do so.  And, it provides a lesson for us today who seek help from others rather than seeking help from God.

“1 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help
And rely on horses,
And trust in chariots because they are many
And in horsemen because they are very strong,
But they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the Lord!
2 Yet He also is wise and will bring disaster
And does not retract His words,
But will arise against the house of evildoers
And against the help of the workers of iniquity.
3 Now the Egyptians are men and not God,
And their horses are flesh and not spirit;
So the Lord will stretch out His hand,
And he who helps will stumble
And he who is helped will fall,
And all of them will come to an end together.

4 For thus says the Lord to me,

“As the lion or the young lion growls over his prey,
Against which a band of shepherds is called out,
And he will not be terrified at their voice nor disturbed at their noise,
So will the Lord of hosts come down to wage war on Mount Zion and on its hill.”
5 Like flying birds so the Lord of hosts will protect Jerusalem.
He will protect and deliver it;
He will pass over and rescue it.

6 Return to Him from whom you have deeply defected, O sons of Israel.  7 For in that day every man will cast away his silver idols and his gold idols, which your sinful hands have made for you as a sin.

8 And the Assyrian will fall by a sword not of man,
And a sword not of man will devour him.
So he will not escape the sword,
And his young men will become forced laborers.
9 “His rock will pass away because of panic,
And his princes will be terrified at the standard,”
Declares the Lord, whose fire is in Zion and whose furnace is in Jerusalem.”  Isaiah Chapter 31.


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