QT – Isaiah 33

Vs. 1, “Woe to you, O destroyer, you who have not been destroyed.”  Question: Who is the destroyer?  The Assyrians.  Judah’s King at this time was Hezekiah and in his unbelief…he tried to make a pact with Assyria to buy them off (II Kings 18).  But the Assyrian king Sennacherib would break his promise and attack anyway.  He was a thief, a traitor and a tyrant…and God would finally deal with him.  He destroyed others, so God would destroy him.  God cannot be mocked.  We reap what we sow.  God will rise up (vs. 10) and bring forth judgment and deliver His people.  He desires for us to trust him alone and promises that one day we will see the true King (Jesus) (Vs.15-17).
Regarding application…Power of Prayer.  Vs. 2, “O LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you.  Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.”  Isaiah had promised the people if they would just turn to God…He would be gracious.  God answered their prayer for their faith and because of His covenant to Israel.  Though the people who prayed were few, never underestimate the power of prayer.  The very existence of any church is because of the power of prayer.  This Passion week, we as a church at CTC will be attending early morning prayer everyday!  It’s time to pray and desire that we be honoring to the Lord this special week.  Let’s be ambassadors and pray for those who do not yet know the saving knowledge and love of our Lord Jesus Christ!