“And Isaiah said to them, ‘Thus you shall say to your master, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Do not be afraid of the words which you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me. 7 Surely I will send a spirit upon him, and he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.’ ” ’ ”
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The job of the prophets of YAHWEH (GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) is not only to tell people what GOD is saying or doing presently, what HE plans to do in the future, and intercede(mediate) on behalf of man to GOD, but also to teach people how to approach and hear GOD themselves.
Twenty-one years ago, on September 11, 2001, I awoke one morning, and I simply did not feel like going to work. That was common for me most mornings, but this time around, my husband and my baby girl didn’t want me to go. So, I called and took off from work.
Three hours later, planes were crashing into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. If I had gone to work, I may not be here today.
When Assyria came to attack Israel during the reign of King Hezekiah, the king knew he was overwhelmed militarily, and their ally, Egypt, couldn’t help them. Other nations had fallen by the Assyrian sword, and there was no hope in sight. Human hands couldn’t save Israel. So, the king sent his closest trusted advisors to the prophet of GOD, Isaiah.
Isaiah responded with the WORD of the LORD in Isaiah 37:6-7.
Sure enough, the Rabshakeh (cupbearer, royal prince) who came to attack Israel on behalf of Sennacherib, king of Assyria, heard a rumor and he indeed began to pack up camp and leave. But he made a fatal mistake. Rather than leave quietly, he wrote a letter!
Here is where it gets good. Hezekiah had learned from his last encounter with GOD and Isaiah. This time around, rather than send his advisors to the prophet with the letter, Hezekiah took the letter to the temple of GOD himself, spread it before the LORD, and prayed (Isaiah 37:14)!
Hezie [cooler name for Hezekiah] was like… “GOD, that Rabshakeh dude wrote US a letter. How would YOU like to respond? Cause I have no words, no power, no nothing! In addition, I saw what YOU did the last time, and I couldn’t have done it better. So, what’s up… what would YOU, oh GREAT ONE, like to do?” Isaiah 37:16-20 New Temi Bible Version.
Because GOD invented “cool,” HE responded to Hezie by sending the prophet.
Quick digression: Note the role of prophet here. Isaiah was going between Hezie and GOD, and then GOD and Hezie. Isaiah was not the answer; he was just the mailman carrying the responses between the two parties. Don’t worship people because of their functions! The same HOLY SPIRIT in the prophet is also in you. We work together to do HIS will.
The LORD GOD responded by commending Hezie for coming to HIM directly with the letter, and then sent one destroyer angel and killed 185,000 people in one night. Sounds like Exodus 12:29-30 all over again.
What do we learn from this?
In the season where GOD’s justice and judgement is on display all over the world, it is critical to knowhow to hear GOD for yourself. YAHWEH is waiting for you to pray (talk) to HIM such that HE can respond.
In less than two months, America has experienced an increase in homegrown terrorism. COVID-19 numbers are going up again. Now there is a new version of an old virus, monkeypox, coming back on the scene.
How do we keep our kids safe from school shootings, miss the train with the mass shooter, or not visit the grocery store when the racist with a semi-automatic weapon is on the rampage?
Develop a daily relationship with Hezie’s GOD, so HE can warn you ahead of time, like HE warned me 21 years ago, and every day since then.
Connect with us, and we will teach you how.
*All Scriptures are in the New King James Version of the Bible, unless otherwise noted.
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