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Whom Have You Reproached and Blasphemed?

August 24, 2016

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Whom  Have You Reproached  and Blasphemed?

Back in Isaiah’s day,  Sennacherib,  the king  of Assyria,  was wanting  to conquer Israel,  just out of greed  and hatred towards  the LORD.    He had already conquered  other countries  and was getting  a very arrogant attitude  towards those  he despised.     He felt the LORD  was no better  than any of the other idols  of the countries  he had conquered.     He also felt  that his chosen idol,  Nisroch,  was more powerful,  and was giving him success.

When Hezekiah,  king of Israel,  prayed,  God had a message given  to Sennacherib.     In Isaiah 37:23,  God asked Sennacherib,

Whom  have you reproached  and blasphemed?
And against whom  have you raised  your voice
And haughtily  lifted up  your eyes?
Against the Holy One  of Israel !

Sennacherib  was nothing  but a mere man  —  born to die.     God is the One  who gave him breath.     It is stupid  to “reproach”  and  “blaspheme”  the Creator  of all things.     Even though Sennacherib  had heard  of the mighty things  God had done  in freeing Israel  from slavery,  he still dared  to challenge God Almighty.     But,  God reminded him  in Isaiah 37:28,

But  I know  your sitting down
And your going out  and your coming in
And your raging  against Me.

There is absolutely nothing  we can hide  from the LORD.     He knows  our every thought.     To put Sennacherib down,  that night  God’s angel killed 185,000  of his soldiers.     Sennacherib  went back  to Assyria  where his own sons killed him,  while he was worshiping his idol.     His haughty raging led  to his demise.

Today,  when we see people  choosing other gods  of various sorts  —  and reproaching Jesus  —  they are making a choice  to despise  their own Creator Redeemer.     They are refusing  their only chance  of salvation  and eternal life.     Let us examine  our reasoning  and find out  how the LORD  has proven  His loving faithfulness,  almighty power,  and desire  to save us.

Then,  with reverence,   we can say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  have mercy.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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