Holy War (5)


Sung Psalm 46:6-11

Reading  Isaiah 37:21-38

Moses’ commands at the Red Sea (Ex.14:13-14) included “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.”

This then was expanded upon as we looked at other instances where God’s people did not need to fight.

It’s noteworthy that the unbelieving Israelites believed after they saw God’s miracle (v31).

In II Chronicles 20:15-18 we see Judah under King Jehoshaphat being attacked by Ammon, Moab and Edom-they end up destroying themselves. The people fasted, the King prayed, God revealed himself, the people praised, and God won the victory.

In Isaiah 37 Hezekiah in Jerusalem is besieged by Assyria, and once again God intervenes. He told them to rest and be confident and not seek help in Egypt.

All these episodes and typical of redemption in Christ where all we need to do to be saved is believe, that is trust God’s word and the work he accomplished on the cross.

By the way, II Chron.20:12 is a model prayer for us in many circumstances, “neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee”. God may intervene without us (as in the above examples) and as he did in our redemption but he may equally call us to some action in the battles we have to fight, and this is certainly true in our sanctification.


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