I rarely add to the words of Mr. Spurgeon. Usually, I can add nothing more. However, I live in a different time. Israel became a nation long after Mr. Spurgeon passed. And I have studied the Assyrians and their king, Sennacherib. You see, I did a report in college on the Old Testament book of Nahum. Most of you know the story of Jonah and how he eventually got around to telling the Assyrians to repent. AND THEY ACTUALLY REPENTED. Sadly, Nahum came a bit later and recorded 4 major prophecies that had to do with the destruction of the Assyrian Empire.
So what does this have to do with the following piece by Mr. Spurgeon? Israel was in trouble when Isaiah wrote the following verse inspired by God’s Holy Spirit. Israel is in trouble today. What did Israel do then? Eventually, they trusted that God would save them. What will happen to today’s Israel. Read your Bible. God will save them. They will not be exterminated like so many wish.
A popular, current Christian best seller calls the Assyrians the “first terrorists.” I don’t know if this is true, but I know that their armies were terrorists. I can’t relate the details here as I’m eating my breakfast.
What does Mr. Spurgeon do with the words of Isaiah? He does what he always does. He attempts to relate it to our personal lives and our relationship with God. I think he does an admirable work here.
Those who have read much of the Bible at all know that there are layers. It is why we can read the same verse many times and get something new. The Holy Spirit speaks to us through the Bible. What a wonderful privilege it is to have God’s Word in my hands.
“The daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.” Isa 37:22
Reassured by the Word of the Lord, the poor trembling citizens of Zion grew bold, and shook their heads at Sennacherib’s boastful threats. Strong faith enables the servants of God to look with calm contempt upon their most haughty foes. We know that our enemies are attempting impossibilities. They seek to destroy the eternal life, which cannot die while Jesus lives; to overthrow the citadel, against which the gates of hell shall not prevail. They kick against the pricks to their own wounding, and rush upon the bosses of Jehovah’s buckler to their own hurt.
We know their weakness. What are they but men? And what is man but a worm? They roar and swell like waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame. When the Lord ariseth, they shall fly as chaff before the wind, and be consumed as crackling thorns. Their utter powerlessness to do damage to the cause of God and his truth, may make the weakest soldiers in Zion’s ranks laugh them to scorn.
Above all, we know that the Most High is with us, and when he dresses himself in arms, where are his enemies? If he cometh forth from his place, the potsherds of the earth will not long contend with their Maker. His rod of iron shall dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel, and their very remembrance shall perish from the earth. Away, then, all fears, the kingdom is safe in the King’s hands. Let us shout for joy, for the Lord reigneth, and his foes shall be as straw for the dunghill.
“As true as God’s own word is true;
Nor earth, nor hell, with all their crew,
Against us shall prevail.
A jest, and byword, are they grown;
God is with us, we are his own,
Our victory cannot fail.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-92)
I have the hard copy of Mr. Spurgeon’s “Morning and Evening,” which gives a devotional for each morning and evening. It is my favorite.
It may also be found online here at the answersingenesis website. (It is also listed in my links.)