Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 26, 2017

“Long ago I did it, From ancient times I planned it.” – “The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” – “to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy”

Today’s devotion comes from Isaiah chapter 37.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+37&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

26 “Have you not heard?
Long ago I did it,
From ancient times I planned it.

Now I have brought it to pass,
That you should turn fortified cities into ruinous heaps.
27 “Therefore their inhabitants were short of strength,
They were dismayed and put to shame;
They were as the vegetation of the field and as the green herb,
As grass on the housetops is scorched before it is grown up.
28 “But I know your sitting down
And your going out and your coming in
And your raging against Me.
29 “Because of your raging against Me
And because your arrogance has come up to My ears,
Therefore I will put My hook in your nose
And My bridle in your lips,
And I will turn you back by the way which you came.

30 “Then this shall be the sign for you:  you will eat this year what grows of itself, in the second year what springs from the same, and in the third year sow, reap, plant vineyards and eat their fruit.  31 The surviving remnant of the house of Judah will again take root downward and bear fruit upward.  32 For out of Jerusalem will go forth a remnant and out of Mount Zion survivors.  The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”’

33 “Therefore, thus says the Lord concerning the king of Assyria, ‘He will not come to this city or shoot an arrow there;  and he will not come before it with a shield, or throw up a siege ramp against it.  34 By the way that he came, by the same he will return, and he will not come to this city,’ declares the Lord.  35 ‘For I will defend this city to save it for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.’”

36 Then the angel of the Lord went out and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians;  and when men arose early in the morning, behold, all of these were dead.  37 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and returned home and lived at Nineveh.  38 It came about as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons killed him with the sword;  and they escaped into the land of Ararat.  And Esarhaddon his son became king in his place.”  Isaiah 37:26-38.

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The wicked may rage and conquer for a while as part of God’s sovereign plan.

““Have you not heard?
Long ago I did it,
From ancient times I planned it.
Now I have brought it to pass,
That you 
should turn fortified cities into ruinous heaps.”  Verse 26.

Sennacherib king of Assyria did so as we read in today’s Scripture, and we remember that Pharaoh king of Egypt did so earlier in history.

But, God saves His people as we read in today’s Scripture.

For out of Jerusalem will go forth a remnant and out of Mount Zion survivors.  The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”’  Verse 32.

And, we read in other Scriptures many other examples of how God saves His people such as when He miraculously delivered His people through the plagues on Egypt and through the middle of the Red Sea on dry land.

We may question why God allows the wicked to rage and conquer for even a little while, but Scripture answers.  

For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed throughout the whole earth.”  Romans 9:17.

What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?  And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory,”  Romans 9:22-23. 

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