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Isaiah 36-37 The Enemy’s Tactics and Our Response

The story of Hezekiah’s miraculous victory over Sennacherib, King of Assyria is one of my favorite stories in the Old Testament (it’s also related in 2 Kings 18-19). I love the way God silences the boasting of the Rabshakeh, the Assyrian general who had mocked, scorned and blasphemed the God of Israel. Some of the most arrogant boastings and threats in the whole Bible are recorded as coming from this man’s mouth. But you remember the end of the story… Overnight, 185,000 Assyrian soldiers are put to death by the angel of the Lord. Sennacherib and his general return to Assyria defeated and humiliated and Jerusalem is spared.

This story is a microcosm of the victory that God will give his people over their enemy, Satan. There are similarities in the way the Rabshakeh spoke to Israel and the way Satan sometimes speaks to us, and we can learn from Hezekiah and his servants how we should respond to Satan when he comes against us with his lies and threats. We can also be assured that the victory, the slaying of the 185,000, has already been won, and Jesus at the cross has already humiliated our enemy, Satan. Continue reading

Book Review: Crazy Love (Francis Chan)

I really like Francis Chan. I first heard him speak at an event for 3000 young people. His sincere love for Jesus and for Jesus’ sheep came across in every sermon. Francis’ blog posts have also been encouraging and challenging to me, and I am thrilled that he has recently released Erasing Hell which I hope to review someday soon on this blog.

Crazy Love is written to Christians, but it is a book meant to challenge Christians just as Paul did the Corinthians: …examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). Francis writes in the tradition of A.W. Tozer (quotes him a lot), and like Tozer, he speaks prophetically to the church. Continue reading

Book Review: Death by Love (Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears)

Mark Driscoll’s Death by Love is a weighty book to read—weighty for its description of the mess that people can get their lives into, but also weighty because of the counsel that Driscoll gives to those who find their lives … Continue reading

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