"This chapter is vital for NT believers. I say that because it concerns Israel (northern tribes) turning to Egypt (a type of the world) for protection against the impending Assyrian invasion under Sennacherib. The reason this is so important is that Israel is turning to the very people God once delivered them from! Can you see the application? We see too many professing Christians turn time and time again to the world—they also return to that from which they have been delivered! In this study, we see the foolishness of (our polite term) backsliding and, at the end, we see also a gracious, patient God waiting to fight for us once again."
Wednesday Night OT Study
May 22, 2019 • Pastor Ron Arbaugh
Isaiah 34:1 - 35:10
June 12, 2019 • Pastor Ron Arbaugh
Israel, the most persecuted nation/people group in the history of our world, could be excused for thinking they would never be free of their enemies. It would be VERY hard to believe God’s promises based on what each generation of people saw with their own eyes. Nation after nation coming against them with no hope of relief. We know all they had to do was repent and return to God and all would have been well. Even more to the point, the Jews in Jesus’ time needed only to believe what they saw with their own eyes and heard with their own ears...They didn’t understand but they did believe.
June 5, 2019 • Pastor Ron Arbaugh
The principle of sowing and reaping applies in spades here. The choices you make in your life to oppose God will always have consequences—sometimes (like right here) with fatal consequences. We long for fairness in this world; this is it! Historically, we know the terrible fate of every nation that has dared oppose Israel. From Assyria here, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome and, in more modern times, Poland, Germany, and Russia— all have been judged by God. Make no mistake—judgment against some of these nations is not finished and other nations (including ours) will also face severe consequences...
Isaiah 31:1 - 32:20
May 29, 2019 • Pastor Ron Arbaugh
Remember that Isaiah is seeing this vision. He sees the victory and all he is asking the people to do is believe! He’s not asking them to train to fight harder. He is not asking that they have courage and go up against a vastly superior enemy. He is simply asking what I ask all the time, to really believe God’s promises here.