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Good News, Bad News - by Michael Phillips
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Isaiah 33
Oct 06, 2019 am - In Isaiah 33, the Lord speaks to two kinds of people: His friends and His enemies. In context, His enemies are the Assyrians, a powerful nation at the time, known for their military success and appalling cruelty. Their king, Sennacherib, had won every battle he had ever fought, some against powerful nations and Empires. And now, he and his army are laying siege to Jerusalem, cocksure of victory. The Assyrians are the enemies of Judah, and of Judah's God. His friends are the Jewish people then living in the southern Kingdom. Their devotion to the Lord is not as deep or wide as it ought to be, but their king, Hezekiah, is one of the holiest men to rule in Jerusalem, a worthy successor to King David. BAD NEWS In the first verse, God speaks to the proud king and his people, and what He says is none too pleasant- Woe to you who plunder and have not been plundered; and to you who deal treacherously, though they have not dealt treacherously with you! When you cease plundering, you will be plundered, and when you make an end of Dealing treacherously, they will deal treacherously with you. In the first part of the verse, the Lord accuses them of plundering weaker nations after breaking ... More >>>

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