Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 25, 2017

“Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the Lord God is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.”

Today’s devotion comes from Isaiah chapter 36.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+36&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Now in the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and seized them.  And the king of Assyria sent Rabshakeh from Lachish to Jerusalem to King Hezekiah with a large army.  And he stood by the conduit of the upper pool on the highway of the fuller’s field. Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came out to him.

Then Rabshakeh said to them, “Say now to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria, “What is this confidence that you have?  I say, ‘Your counsel and strength for the war are only empty words.’  Now on whom do you rely, that you have rebelled against me?  Behold, you rely on the staff of this crushed reed, even on 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 rely on him.  …

 

18 Beware that Hezekiah does not mislead you, saying, “The Lord will deliver us.”  Has any one of the gods of the nations delivered his land from the hand of the king of Assyria? 19 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad?  Where are the gods of Sepharvaim?  And when have they delivered Samaria from my hand?  20 Who among all the gods of these lands have delivered their land from my hand, that the Lord would deliver Jerusalem from my hand?’”  Isaiah 36:1-6 and 18-20.

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Just because someone tells you some true things does not mean that all that person says is true.

It was true, as Rabshakeh (the Assyrian messenger) said, that Judah should not trust the Pharaoh and Egypt.  But, such truth does not mean that the LORD could not save Jerusalem as Rabshakeh maintained.

It was also true, as Rabshakeh also said, that the gods of the nations did not save Samaria.  But, such truth does not mean that the LORD could not save Jerusalem as Rabshakeh maintained.

And, today, we are confronted with many preachers and teachers who do tell us some true things, maybe even many true things, but likewise, it does not mean that all that person says is true.

We have preachers and teachers that preach and teach Christ, but even though they maintain that God loves everyone and Christ died for everyone, their “christ” did not actually save anyone, because they maintain that it is up to the individual to save themselves by being wise enough and good enough to provide something that God is unwilling to provide whether it be works or will.

But, Reformed Doctrine preaches and teaches the God of Scripture Whom we can truly trust to provide all that we need for salvation from “Unconditional Election”, “Limited Atonement”, “Irresistible Grace”, and “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation. 

Q. 30.  Do such then believe in Jesus the only Savior, who seek their salvation and welfare of saints, of themselves, or anywhere else?

 A.  They do not;  for though they boast of Him in words, yet in deeds they deny Jesus the only deliverer and Savior;  for one of these two things must be true, either that Jesus is not a complete Savior, or that they who by a true faith receive this Savior must find all things in Him necessary to their salvation.  Heidelberg Catechism. 

Article 8.  For this was the sovereign counsel, and most gracious will and purpose of God the Father, that the quickening and saving efficacy of the most precious death of his Son should extend to all the elect, for bestowing upon them alone the gift of justifying faith, thereby to bring them infallibly to salvation:  that is, it was the will of God, that Christ by the blood of the cross, whereby he confirmed the new covenant, should effectually redeem out of every people, tribe, nation, and language, all those, and those only, who were from eternity chosen to salvation, and given to him by the Father;  that he should confer upon them faith, which together with all the other saving gifts of the Holy Spirit, he purchased for them by his death;  should purge them from all sin, both original and actual, whether committed before or after believing;  and having faithfully preserved them even to the end, should at last bring them free from every spot and blemish to the enjoyment of glory in his own presence forever.  SECOND HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of the Death of Christ, and the Redemption of Men Thereby.  Canons of Dordt.

“Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
For the Lord God is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.”

Therefore you will joyously draw water
From the springs of salvation.
And in that day you will say,
“Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name.
Make known His deeds among the peoples;
Make them remember that His name is exalted.”
Praise the Lord in song, for He has done excellent things;
Let this be known throughout the earth.
Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”  Isaiah 12:2-6.

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