Isaiah 31 God’s weapons vs man’s weapons

This is a short chapter. The prophet Isaiah received this message about the hopelessness of man’s military might against God’s spiritual might.
While men gather below to fight, God’s heavenly armies fly above and fight too. The outcome will be obvious. God will always win. This means the warring parties should ask whose side they are. The Bible tells us how to get the answer.
Note: a lot of battles is in the mind too, resulting harm to the body and emotion. The enemies are invisible. The strategy is the same as the physical battle. Isaiah chapter 31 is just as relevant.
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Isaiah 31 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Folly of Not Trusting God
31 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,
And rely on horses,
Who trust in chariots because they are many,
And in horsemen because they are very strong,
But who do not look to the Holy One of Israel,
Nor seek the Lord!
2 Yet He also is wise and will bring disaster,
And will not call back His words,
But will arise against the house of evildoers,
And against the help of those who work iniquity.
3 Now the Egyptians are men, and not God;
And their horses are flesh, and not spirit.
When the Lord stretches out His hand,
Both he who helps will fall,
And he who is helped will fall down;
They all will perish together.
God Will Deliver Jerusalem
4 For thus the Lord has spoken to me:

“As a lion roars,
And a young lion over his prey
(When a multitude of shepherds is summoned against him,
He will not be afraid of their voice
Nor be disturbed by their noise),
So the Lord of hosts will come down
To fight for Mount Zion and for its hill.
5 Like birds flying about,
So will the Lord of hosts defend Jerusalem.
Defending, He will also deliver it;
Passing over, He will preserve it.”
6 Return to Him against whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted. 7 For in that day every man shall throw away his idols of silver and his idols of gold—sin, which your own hands have made for yourselves.
8 “Then Assyria shall fall by a sword not of man,
And a sword not of mankind shall devour him.
But he shall flee from the sword,
And his young men shall become forced labor.
9 He shall cross over to his stronghold for fear,
And his princes shall be afraid of the banner,”
Says the Lord,
Whose fire is in Zion
And whose furnace is in Jerusalem.

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“It is not by force nor by strength, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” (Zechariah 4:6)

Isaiah 30: God likes to heal

God likes a lot of things. Everyday we discover a little bit about His interests in our life on earth. I am divided between the choice of two headings today: God likes animals or God likes healing .
God actually likes both.
He even cares for our livestock, making sure they have plenty of pasture land.
He makes sure we know He wants our farm animals like oxen and donkeys eat good grain.
He makes sure we can afford them too by giving us wonderful bountiful harvests!
What a good and kind God !
I finally decided to choose the headline that God likes healing.
Why? Because God has paid the highest ever medical cost to purchase healing for all mankind: By giving His Son Jesus to us. Jesus had borne all our sickness and pain. By His wounds we were healed 2000 years ago. (1Peter 2:24; Isaiah 53:4-5)
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Isaiah 30:23-26New Living Translation (NLT)

23 Then the Lord will bless you with rain at planting time. There will be wonderful harvests and plenty of pastureland for your livestock. 24 The oxen and donkeys that till the ground will eat good grain, its chaff blown away by the wind. 25 In that day, when your enemies are slaughtered and the towers fall, there will be streams of water flowing down every mountain and hill. 26 The moon will be as bright as the sun, and the sun will be seven times brighter—like the light of seven days in one! So it will be when the Lord begins to heal his people and cure the wounds he gave them.

Isaiah 29: a fertile field prophecy

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17 Soon—and it will not be very long—
    the forests of Lebanon will become a fertile field,
    and the fertile field will yield bountiful crops.
18 In that day the deaf will hear words read from a book,
    and the blind will see through the gloom and darkness.
19 The humble will be filled with fresh joy from the Lord.
    The poor will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
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God continues to speak of planting, growing, fertile field yielding bountiful crops.
Healing for infirmities too: the deaf, the blind.
Those with needs will be satisfied: the humble and the poor.

Isaiah 28: God likes teaching

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Today we read what God has spoken through prophet Isaiah from the book of Isaiah chapter 28.
The subject matters include: substance dependence and abuse;  education; parenting; construction and building; and farming.
Summary:
1. The pitfall of alcoholic substance abuse: pride, boastfulness and presumption; incapability to listen to good advice from God; incompetence in their judgment and performance of official duties; buying into lies and deceptions about security; making the wrong allies.
Results: injured, trappped, captured, stumbled, fall,destruction.
2. Education: God teaches patience and persistence in being a good teacher. When the adult ‘students’ repeatedly refuse to listen and understand and obey, teach the younger generation, even the toddlers if all others fail. The same for good parenting. Start with the babies in their vocabularies. Actually God’s education system is restful and relaxed. Simple and easy like teaching the beginners.
3. Good building and construction: God starts with solid foundation, building with alignment to His plumbline to withstand the repeating storms of test in exam time.
4. Key success factor for farmers: do the right thing at the right time with the right tool. Be discerning and wise. Listening and learning.

Read the whole chapter for Bible verses. ——–
Here are some excerpts:
29 The Lord of Heaven’ Armies is a wonderful teacher, and He gives the farmer great wisdom.
26 The farmer knows just what to do, for God has given him understanding.
23 Listen to me; listen, and pay close attention.
10 He tells us everything over and over-one line at a time, one line at a time, a little here, and a little there! ———–
verses about the drunk leadership:
1 what sorrow awaits the proud city. .The glorious crown of the drunks. .
3..will be trampled beneath its enemies’ feet.
7 Now,  however, Israel is led by drunks who reel with wine and stagger with alcohol. The priests and prophets stagger with alcohol and lose themselves in wine.
13..so they will stumble and fall. They will be injured, trappped, and captured.
18..When the terrible enemy sweeps through, you will be trampled into the ground.
19 Again and again that flood will come, morning after morning, day and night, until you are carried away.

Isaiah 27:1-6 God likes gardening

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God likes gardening. He likes having a fruitful vineyard, with buds and blossom, filling the whole earth with fruit.

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Isaiah 27:1-6 New Living Translation (NLT)

27 In that day the Lord will take his terrible, swift sword and punish Leviathan,[a] the swiftly moving serpent, the coiling, writhing serpent. He will kill the dragon of the sea.

“In that day,
    sing about the fruitful vineyard.
I, the Lord, will watch over it,
    watering it carefully.
Day and night I will watch so no one can harm it.
    My anger will be gone.
If I find briers and thorns growing,
    I will attack them;
I will burn them up—
    unless they turn to me for help.
Let them make peace with me;
    yes, let them make peace with me.”
The time is coming when Jacob’s descendants will take root.
    Israel will bud and blossom
    and fill the whole earth with fruit!

Footnotes:

  1. 27:1 The identification of Leviathan is disputed, ranging from an earthly creature to a mythical sea monster in ancient literature.

 

Ten psalms for the traveler: And so I walk in the Lord’s presence

Psalms for the traveler.
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Put your hope in the Lord. Travel steadily along his path. He will honor you by giving you the land. You will see the wicked destroyed. In Context

Hear my prayer, O Lord! Listen to my cries for help! Don’t ignore my tears. For I am your guest— a traveler passing through, as my ancestors were before me. In Context

You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. In Context

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. In Context

He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. In Context

For you have rescued me from death; you have kept my feet from slipping. So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light. In Context

When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings. In Context

And so I walk in the Lord’s presence as I live here on earth! In Context

Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. In Context

“Yet there are some in the church in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes with evil. They will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. In Context

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