I will fight those who fight you,
and I will save your children.
I will feed your enemies with their own flesh.
They will be drunk with rivers of their own blood.
All the world will know that I, the Lord,
am your savior and your redeemer,
the mighty One of Israel. –Isaiah 49:25c-26
Here in this text, the prophet Isaiah speaks to Israel a “word of the Lord.” He hears a word from God regarding Israel’s future. In it we get a glimpse of God’s determination to defeat any foolish enough to propose Israel’s defeat or destruction. He is in effect saying, “Hands off my chosen people.”
God makes it clear that He will act on Israel’s behalf as He had in the past where he actually brought insanity upon an attacking army. The result was that Israel witnessed the self-destruction of an entire army on the field of battle. God gave Israel’s enemy over to their hatred and lust for blood by allowing their madness to go unrestrained. They all perished. [see Isaiah 60:12].
God makes it clear in vs. 26, that Israel’s enemies will self-destruct:
1.they will consume their own flesh;
2.they will be “drunk with rivers of their own blood.”
They will begin with intense hatred for God’s people and that hatred will consume them as they destroy themselves for nothing. In the end, Israel will not only stand, but will glorify God as the whole world sees the Savior, Redeemer, the “mighty One of Israel,” defend his people This will have the effect of turning the hardened hearts of the godless everywhere to see God’s hand of protection over His people. How much more so for those in his Family now–those who are in Christ?
Father, glorify yourself in your people. Use the enemies of your people to bring nations to their senses. May all the families of the earth come to reflect your glory to the principalities and powers in the heavenly realms. Establish the remnant! To your glory . . . make her the praise of the earth. Fulfill the faith of Jesus I pray.
Only in returning to me
And resting in me will you be saved.
In quietness and confidence is your strength.
–Isaiah, chapter 30, verse 15 (NLT)
Israel faced great difficulty and possible destruction. They had a choice to make: trust in the Lord, Yahweh, or trust in Egypt. They chose Egypt. They carried tribute through the deserts and wearied themselves serving a nation they “trusted” would be an ally. But God told Isaiah that Egypt had no intention of helping or rescuing Israel. Egypt was simply using Israel to get richer. So Israel was wasting its strength and wealth on an unreliable savior. God, through his prophet Isaiah, gave them the answer they needed even though we find out later that they had no desire or will to trust Him and return to Him.
The answer to Israel’s dilemma was spiritual, but because the problem was political, they sought political solutions and alliances rather than spiritual ones. Had they trusted God rather than politics and alliances they could have avoided catastrophe. But they had still not learned that their “strength” and salvation was to be found in fully trusting God.
Lord, today much of the church, your body, here in the United States does likewise. We have trusted in parties, alliances and political solutions to our nation’s problems. So has modern day Israel. May you take the blinders off. Help us to see that only in returning and resting in our relationship of trust with you, will we see righteous results and be “saved” from the enemy of our souls and what he works in our culture. Help us to be quiet and confident in trusting YOU alone!
Father, I place my trust in you–not NATO or England, Egypt, or any other ally. You are my ally.
“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation.” –Psalm 62:1
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