Mar 8, 2019
As God’s chosen people, the members of the nation of Judah were to have turned to Him for help in times of need. But they had made a habit out of seeking and serving false gods, not only for worship, but for rescue. And in Isaiah 36:1-21, God is going to indict them for their misplaced trust. Over the centuries, Judah had regularly placed their hope and trust in false gods and turned to foreign nations for assistance when facing difficulties. And most recently, they had turned to Egypt, forming an alliance with their former captors and paying them a large financial settlement in order to guarantee their help against the Assyrians. But none of this had been God’s will. He had never instructed them to pay their money or place their hope in the Egyptians. And even Sennacherib, the Assyrian king, knew that this costly arrangement between Judah and Egypt would prove to be a waste of money, because Egypt would prove to be an unreliable savior. Pharaoh had been quick to take Judah’s money, but would be slow to offer any form of aid in return. And the people of Judah were going to learn a very painful lesson about misplaced trust and their missing faith in God.