Summary: A trash talking devil throws lies in your path to try to convince you to turn away from God, but the Truth Talking Savior has the final say!
9 After this did Sennacherib king of Assyria send his servants to Jerusalem, (but he himself laid siege against Lachish, and all his power with him,) unto Hezekiah king of Judah, and unto all Judah that were at Jerusalem, saying,
10 Thus saith Sennacherib king of Assyria, Whereon do ye trust, that ye abide in the siege in Jerusalem?
11 Doth not Hezekiah persuade you to give over yourselves to die by famine and by thirst, saying, The LORD our God shall deliver us out of the hand of the king of Assyria?
12 Hath not the same Hezekiah taken away his high places and his altars, and commanded Judah and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall worship before one altar, and burn incense upon it?
13 Know ye not what I and my fathers have done unto all the people of other lands? were the gods of the nations of those lands any ways able to deliver their lands out of mine hand?
14 Who was there among all the gods of those nations that my fathers utterly destroyed, that could deliver his people out of mine hand, that your God should be able to deliver you out of mine hand?
15 Now therefore let not Hezekiah deceive you, nor persuade you on this manner, neither yet believe him: for no god of any nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people out of mine hand, and out of the hand of my fathers: how much less shall your God deliver you out of mine hand?
16 And his servants spake yet more against the LORD God, and against his servant Hezekiah.
17 He wrote also letters to rail on the LORD God of Israel, and to speak against him, saying, As the gods of the nations of other lands have not delivered their people out of mine hand, so shall not the God of Hezekiah deliver his people out of mine hand.
18 Then they cried with a loud voice in the Jews' speech unto the people of Jerusalem that were on the wall, to affright them, and to trouble them; that they might take the city.
19 And they spake against the God of Jerusalem, as against the gods of the people of the earth, which were the work of the hands of man.
1 Also, thou son of man, prophesy unto the mountains of Israel, and say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord:
2 Thus saith the Lord God; Because the enemy hath said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession:
3 Therefore prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Because they have made you desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that ye might be a possession unto the residue of the heathen, and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and are an infamy of the people:
Pay attention to what is happening in this Scripture. The enemy is damning and condemning Hezekiah for his attempts at reform. Pay close attention, because when you leave here, the devil is going to talk to you about any dedications or consecrations you make. He’s going to try to spit in your face and laugh in your face. That’s what he was doing to Hezekiah.
Hezekiah had tried to break down the false altars and get rid of the false religions that had worked their way in among the people of God. The adversary had used that as a platform of protest.
We need to understand something in this service: Sin is not your greatest problem because the Blood has been shed to take care of all of that. Your failures and mistakes are not your biggest problems, because Grace will give you “more Grace”.
The biggest problem you and I face is when we listen to the Trash Talker.
There is a concept in the Word of God that you and I cannot understand. When the Word says, “All power is given unto me in Heaven and in earth”, we can’t understand what that means. The word “Omnipotent” describes God as having all power. ALL POWER is a concept that we cannot wrap our minds around because there is nothing that we have to compare that to.
When we learn, we go from the revealed to the unknown. That’s how you learn. Once you grasp that and comprehend it, you proceed to the next thing.
But, when you get ready to spiritually put your arms around the Almightiness of God, you’re going to have an Excedrin headache because there is nothing on this planet that even comes near to having “ALL POWER”. The devil is a liar. He ain’t got all power. The Federal government doesn’t have all power. The President doesn’t have all power. Even the United Nations doesn’t have all power.