5 Minute Read + Scripture readings

TODAY’S BIBLE READING

Isaiah 33:10–36:22
Galatians 5:13-26
Psalm 64:1-10
Proverbs 23:23

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Isaiah 36:10 (CSB): “Have I attacked this land to destroy it without the Lord’s approval? The Lord said to me, ‘Attack this land and destroy it.’”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

I acknowledge that the Verse for Today that I have chosen is a little unusual. But, I hope that by the end of this post you will understand it’s significance.

The context: King Hezekiah was king of Judah and was in the fourteenth year of his reign. Judah was essentially a buffer between the two world powers at that time – Babylon and Egypt. So, it was in the best interest of those two powers to control Judah.

Our Verse for Today proclaims some of the words of the Babylonian Rabshakeh (a high ranking military official). He was standing outside the city walls of Jerusalem yelling those words to the residents of Jerusalem.

Isaiah 36:10 (CSB): “Have I attacked this land to destroy it without the Lord’s approval? The Lord said to me, ‘Attack this land and destroy it.’”

The Rabshakeh was a pagan military leader. He did not serve the God of Heaven. Yet, he claimed that Yahweh had told him to travel to Judah and destroy it.

So, the question becomes: Did God actually speak to the Rabshakeh? Did God really tell the Rabshakeh to destroy Jerusalem?

Well, given the details of Isaiah 37, we realize that the Lord could not have given him those words because the “prophecy” did not occur. The Rabshakeh never destroyed Jerusalem. But, that didn’t stop him from claiming that the Lord had given him a message.

Friend, there is no shortage of people who will claim that the Lord has revealed something to them.

On a few occasions, people have come to me and said, “The Lord told me to tell you…”, and then they proceed to give me the message. As they are speaking, I can’t help but wonder: “I’m on good terms with the Lord. It seems that He could have simply revealed the message to me.”

On other occasions, I’ve heard two people, who are discussing what they believe to be God’s will in a matter, present conflicting messages as they each claim to have heard a different message from the Lord. Is it possible that God would give conflicting messages to two different people? Of course not.

The question is still the same as before: “Did God really speak to them?”

Friends, God still speaks. There is no question about that. But, He primarily speaks through His Word as people spend time reading and studying their Bibles.

It is my concern that people are whimsically saying, “The Lord told me…,” far too often.

Oh, and one other thing. It has been my observation that people usually claim that the Lord has spoken to them when they want to shut down debate. If someone says, “Hey, I’ve been praying and think we should do…,” then there can be a reasonable exchange of ideas as to whether or not the idea is a good idea. But, if someone says, “The Lord told me…,” then they essentially shut down debate. After all, if you disagree with what they say the Lord told them, you would be speaking against the Lord, right?

So, please be careful when saying that God has revealed something to you. If you believe that God has spoken to you about a matter, make sure that it aligns with Scripture. Then, consider talking with a mature believer about what you sense God has said, asking for their input. You may even want to take a few more precautions in your desire to be sure of what God has said (if, indeed, He has spoken to you).

Then, still be cautious when saying that the Lord has spoken to you. You may have heard from Him and then maybe you haven’t. You may have heard from Him but you may not have properly interpreted what He has said.

So, be careful not to take God’s Name in vain by using it in connection with something that He never said.

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