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Daily Reading: 18th September 2016

 

Matthew 5.11-12 cont.

11 Happy are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.

12 Rejoice and be glad, because your reward is great in the heavens; for in this way they persecuted the prophets before you.

Continued from yesterday.

Hezekiah, king of Judah faced a very difficult situation in that the King of Assyria, Sennacherib, had come to capture Jerusalem.

His commanding officer hurled insults at Hezekiah’s officials, taunting them that no nations had defied the Assyrians.

He taunted them that the Lord God could not save them.

Hezekiah consulted Isaiah, who prophesied against Sennacherib and the Assyrian army.

The result was:

[34] For My own honour and for the sake of My servant David, I will defend it.”

[35] That night the angel of the LORD went out to the Assyrian camp and killed 185,000 Assyrian troops. When the surviving Assyrians woke up the next morning, they found corpses everywhere – 2 Kings 19.34-34 (NLT).

It is a terrible thing to insult somebody else, but it is a dreadful thing to insult the Lord God Almighty.

David was a young teenager when he heard Goliath insulting the armies of Israel. His response was to confront him.

This is what Goliath said:

[10] I defy the armies of Israel! Send me a man who will fight with me!”

[11] When Saul and the Israelites heard this, they were terrified and deeply shaken – 1 Samuel 17.10-11 (NLT).

The following is the response of David:

[26] “What will a man get for killing this Philistine and putting an end to his abuse of Israel?” he asked them. “Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the Living God?” – (NLT).

We know how this story ended in triumph for David over the arrogant and insulting Goliath.

Simply because we belong to Jesus we will be the target for the insults and rudeness of those within the world. However, we must always be aware that where there are insults for the sake of Jesus there is also blessing beyond our imagination.

There is not one insult spoken against the followers of Jesus that is not registered in Heaven, and from there our blessing is dispatched.

 

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