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Understanding God’s Promises: Yahweh Promises to Bless Israel (Isaiah 30:18-33)


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This is a continuation of Understanding Yahweh’s Wrath: Judah’s Alliance with Egypt (Isaiah 30:1-17).

In our previous lesson, we learned that the tiny nation of Judah is in a major crisis.  Not that long ago, the fearsome Assyrian army sacked the kingdom of Israel, exiled all of the people living there, and absorbed that territory into their own growing empire.  Now the small southern nation of Judah is all that’s left of the original nation of Israel, and things are looking bad.  Ticked by rumors of rebellion, King Sennacherib [seh-NACK-ker-rib] of Assyria invades Judah, destroys several of her strongest cities, and then surrounds the city of Jerusalem with his massive army, effectively cutting off all incoming supplies.  This is called sieging and it was a common warfare tactic in Bible times.  Read more of this post

How can we make God fulfill His promises?

How can we make God fulfill His promises?

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What can we do to make God fulfill His promises? Not a darn thing. That’s probably not the answer you were hoping for, but it’s better than believing in a lie. We can’t control God. We have zero ability to manipulate Him. So if He promises something to us of His own free will, all we can do is sit around and wait for Him to do it. But while we wait, there are some important principles that we should be pondering. Read more of this post

Why does God take so long to fulfill His promises?


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God promised Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars. How many nights did Abraham spend gazing up at the sky in hopeful anticipation? Descendants were a big deal in his culture. Knowing your bloodline would continue on long and strong was a very comforting and encouraging thought. But like any human, Abraham naturally wanted to see some evidence of that promise coming true. Obviously a man can’t bear a thousand sons in his sunset years, but just one Isaac? And then Isaac went and married a barren woman while his exiled brother Ishmael had twelve sons off in a distant land. Things aren’t looking good for the promised line. Read more of this post