Neither Fear ye Their Fear

Isaiah 8:11-12. “For the Lord spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them for whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.”

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God spoke to Isaiah, and Isaiah relayed His message to the people. He said that God had spoken to him, overpowered him with His hand, and told him not to follow the people who were calling for help from other nations.  There would be no help there.

I think we need to pay attention to something here:  Apparently, the vast majority of people supported King Ahaz in calling for a confederacy with Assyria. They trusted that Assyria’s strength would protect them from Syria and Ephraim.

It would be fascinating to find some kind of record, down through history, when the majority were dead wrong; where a small number of people held out against the influence of the many, like Noah and his sons as they built the ark. Everyone else laughed them to scorn. They died, and Noah’s family survived.

We need to put our trust in God, not in man; not in fame or wealth or human power, but in God alone.


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