Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 3, 2017

“Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help … But they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the Lord!

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

I quote only the following verses.

“Now Zedekiah the son of Josiah whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had made king in the land of Judah, reigned as king in place of Coniah the son of Jehoiakim.  But neither he nor his servants nor the people of the land listened to the words of the Lord which He spoke through Jeremiah the prophet.

Yet King Zedekiah sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah, the priest, to Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “Please pray to the Lord our God on our behalf.”  Now Jeremiah was still coming in and going out among the people, for they had not yet put him in the prison.  Meanwhile, Pharaoh’s army had set out from Egypt;  and when the Chaldeans who had been besieging Jerusalem heard the report about them, they lifted the siege from Jerusalem.

Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘Thus you are to say to the king of Judah, who sent you to Me to inquire of Me:  “Behold, Pharaoh’s army which has come out for your assistance is going to return to its own land of Egypt.  The Chaldeans will also return and fight against this city, and they will capture it and burn it with fire.”’  Thus says the Lord, ‘Do not deceive yourselves, saying, “The Chaldeans will surely go away from us,” for they will not go.  For even if you had defeated the entire army of Chaldeans who were fighting against you, and there were only wounded men left among them, each man in his tent, they would rise up and burn this city with fire.’”  Jeremiah 37:1-10.

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We see in today’s Scripture that God is sovereign:  it is useless to look for assistance elsewhere, and God will accomplish His plan as prophesied. 

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!
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.”  Isaiah 31:1-2. 

God accomplishes all of His good pleasure.  Total Perfect Triumph.

“9 “Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
11 Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken;  truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it.”  Isaiah 46:9-11.

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