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Once upon a time…or was it? Or is it?


 

In a little village far away a small group of families that went by the name of “Judah” lived a quiet life. Following the rules as best as they could it was apparent their peace and quiet was about to be jeopardized.

Foreign groups loathed them; hated them so much they wanted to annihilate them. 3 in particular decided to make good on their threats.

What they didn’t know was the God of this group of Judah was mightier than any army or fortress. He had been known to plague Egypt, part seas and rain food from the Heavens.  If they had heard of their God, they paid no attention to the drama that had played out centuries before. Their goal was to get rid of them once and for all.

Knowing the imminent danger Judah was in they cried out to their God for help. There was nothing they could do in the flesh to fight, much less live through a battle of this proportion.

God heard their pleas. He spoke giving them direction and told them what to do.

The next day as the 3 groups planned their attack, Ammon (Al Qaeda), Moab (Hamas) and Mt. Seir (ISIS) Judah appointed singers to praise the Lord in their Priestly garments giving thanks for his mercy and loving kindness to them.

As they began to sing, their God set ambushes against the men of Ammon (Al Qaeda) and Moab (Hamas) and Mt. Seir (ISIS).  Due to the evil that lurked between these 3, they couldn’t trust each other so the two smaller groups Ammon (Al Qaeda) and Moab (Hamas) came together and slaughtered the larger group Mt. Seir (ISIS).

Once that battle was finished, the two groups left standing Ammon (Al Qaeda) and Moab (Hamas) destroyed each other; and not one of them was left alive.

Judah praised their God and spent 3 days gathering the spoil/plunder which amounted to cattle, goods, garments and precious things.

 to be continued…..

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What is God really up to?


The lingering question outlines many who wonder where God is.

As I previously wrote, God is in the midst of us no matter what it looks like; and it looks pretty bad.

However, it is usually in our worst of times whether private or public God makes a show of his greatness.

We pride ourselves on knowing how God is going to do this or that, when the Bible clearly states,

Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.

To be perfectly honest, I don’t care how God shows up; the point is that I trust him to do so.

One example of his surprises is in 2nd Chronicles 20.

Jehoshaphat, King of Judah found himself in a mess. Armies of enemies were heading toward God’s people.

Moabites, Ammonites, Meunites and all the “ites” made up a vast militia that wanted his kingdom gone.

As Jehoshaphat heard the news, he gathered the assembly of Judah at the Temple and announced to the people what they were up against.

Fear must have swept over him as he began to cry out to the Lord for help. His prayer was detailed with explanations of what was about to happen to his people if God didn’t intervene.

Instead of focusing on the enemy they kept their eyes on God.

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He pulls an ambush.

The Spirit of the Lord spoke to a man named Jahaziel.

“Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. Go out to face them tomorrow and the Lord will be with you.”

The next day, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing and praise God.

A funny thing happened while they gathered together making music.

Instead of coming after the people of Judah, the enemies began fighting each other. In an all-out slaughter, not one was left. It took 3 days for God’s people to gather the plunder which included equipment, clothing and items of great value.

The 4th day, they didn’t play Spades or Monopoly. NO…..they assembled together praising God for saving them.

God sent some nasty plagues to Egypt for resisting Moses to let his people go.

The Red Sea parted in what may have been one of the most extravagant miracles God has ever pulled.

The Walls of Jericho fell while the Israelites marched around it.

And he preserved the families of Judah, the lineage of Jesus, with a surprise trap that no one saw coming.

These miracles made their way to other lands and adversaries.  It was well known the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was a force to be reckoned with.

I wonder; if God pulled off such supernatural exploits in Old Testament times, do you think he might do it again?

History does repeat itself.

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