Daily Devotion – June 19, 2018

Isaiah 29:13-14

Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.

 

Because their religion was purely external and their only fear of God was a matter of memorized creeds, God would perform a supernatural work of judgment, stripping the keenest minds of wisdom and discernment. The marvelous work in referred to the invasion of Sennacherib, as the rulers of Judah sought to rely on Egypt for assistance. That was a piece of political wisdom from the natural point of view; in God’s sight it was an act of rebellion; hence God brought the policy to naught, reducing Judah to a condition of helplessness, so that they might depend on Him alone.

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