Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 31, 2017

“It is I who put to death and give life. I have wounded and it is I who heal, And there is no one who can deliver from My hand.”

Today’s devotion comes from Isaiah chapter 19.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+19&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“The oracle concerning Egypt.

Behold, the Lord is riding on a swift cloud and is about to come to Egypt;
The idols of Egypt will tremble at His presence,
And the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.
“So I will incite Egyptians against Egyptians;
And they will each fight against his brother and each against his neighbor,
City against city and kingdom against kingdom.
“Then the spirit of the Egyptians will be demoralized within them;
And I will confound their strategy,
So that they will resort to idols and ghosts of the dead
And to mediums and spiritists.
“Moreover, I will deliver the Egyptians into the hand of a cruel master,
And a mighty king will rule over them,” declares the Lord God of hosts.

19 In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord near its border.  20 It will become a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the Lord because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Champion, and He will deliver them.  21 Thus the Lord will make Himself known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day.  They will even worship with sacrifice and offering, and will make a vow to the Lord and perform it.  22 The Lord will strike Egypt, striking but healing;  so they will return to the Lord, and He will respond to them and will heal them.”  Isaiah Chapter 19:  Verses 1-4 and 19-22.

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We read about the LORD punishing Egypt in the verses 1-4 that I quoted.  But, we also read about the LORD healing Egypt in verses 19-22 that I quoted.  In summary, as stated in verse 22, “The Lord will strike Egypt, striking but healing;  so they will return to the Lord, and He will respond to them and will heal them.”  

We too may be punished.  But, there is hope for us too that the LORD will grant us repentance and also otherwise heal us.  

“‘See now that I, I am He,
And there is no god besides Me;
It is I who put to death and give life.
I have wounded and it is I who heal,
And there is no one who can deliver from My hand.”  Deuteronomy 32:39.

He (Christ) is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.”  Acts 5:31.

The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.”  2 Timothy 2:24-26.

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