Vs. 1, “Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help…” We see a continuation of what was going on in the previous chapter. Israel was putting it’s trust in horses & chariots…rather than God. God would warn Israel many a time not to seek help from Egypt. Question: Why should God’s children fear the Assyrians? As a lion has no fear of shepherds, God has no fear of little men. We read later that in one night God would wipe out the Assyrian army. Only if Israel would have learned simply by obeying…but they chose to learn the hard way.
Regarding application…Emergency. Question: What comes to mind when you think of this word? Perhaps “911″ or and ambulance, or perhaps those OnStar commercials that help people in emergencies. Israel was in an emergency and there first reaction was to dial up Egypt for help. When we live in this world, even as Christians…we sometimes are programmed to think of other things for help before we think of God. We seek guidance from our School counselors for career paths (but what about God’s Word for our career paths)…we seek counseling for stress, drugs, depression (But what about God’s Word to heal us instead)…We seek friends advice on all sorts of topics (But what about our Pastors, YD’s, Brothers & Sisters in Christ) Note: I’m not saying that these things are bad…I’m just saying, we should always seek the guidance of God’s FIRST! So the next time you find yourself in an emergency….PRAY first =)