God Is Spirit Passage 4
THE GOD OF ISRAEL STIRRED UP THE SPIRIT OF
PUL─ KING OF ASSYRIA
May 27, 2011
1 Chronicles 5:26 So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria (that is, Tiglath-Pilser king of Assyria), who took the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manassah into exile. He took them to Halah, Habor,Hara and the river of Gozan, where they are to this day.
It should be becoming clearer after our first three passages that God not only is spirit but that his spirit can and does communicate with both the saved and the heathen or non-believer.
The Pharaoh of Egypt after seeking interpretations of his dreams from magicians, wise men, and diviners turned to an Israelite, Joseph, a worshiper of God for the proper interpretation of his dream.
Realizing that only God could reveal an unknown dream to another man, Pharaoh declares, “Can we find anyone like this man, one in who is the spirit of God?
A later Pharaoh was no believer in the God of Israel. In fact he repeatedly called on his heathen diviners and magicians, to copy the signs God was working through his chosen leader Moses.
It then should be clear also that the limited success of the Diviners, sorcerers and Magicians was due to another spirit realm the realm of evil spirits.
A heathen prophet, Balaam, was hired to curse Israel. While trying to curse the chosen people of God Balaam was invaded by the Spirit of God and instead of cursing God’s people pronounced blessings on them.
Saul, the first King of Israel experienced the power of the spirit of the true God and prophesied.
For a time he was blessed by Gods indwelling spirit.
Pride and rejection of sound righteous practices soon led to a possession by evil spirits sent from God to torment him.
Man having been created by God in his image whether saint or sinner has a soul. The soul is the spiritual communication connection between God and Man.
The Passage under consideration above from 1 Chronicles once again illustrates the sovereignty, (absolute authority and rule of God over all creation), of God. The half-tribe of Manasseh, (son of Joseph), were brave warriors, famous men and heads of their families. But they were unfaithful to the God of their fathers and served other gods worshiped by others among them.
God’s response was to communicate their downfall and exile by and through the communication with the spirit of a heathen king, Pul King of Assyria.
God displays his immediate retribution for serving false gods. Just as trust in God can bring victory, so also defeat comes to the unfaithful.
Ask yourself for a searching and sincere appraisal of your soul and spirit. Is God indwelling and communicating with you personally, or is he sending evil spirits to torment and wreck your eternal soul.
“Blessed be your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise. 6 You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.
7 “You are the LORD God, who chose Abram and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans and named him Abraham. 8 You found his heart faithful to you, and you made a covenant with him to give to his descendants the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Jebusites and Girgashites. You have kept your promise because you are righteous.
9 “You saw the suffering of our forefathers in Egypt; you heard their cry at the Red Sea.[b] 10 You sent miraculous signs and wonders against Pharaoh, against all his officials and all the people of his land, for you knew how arrogantly the Egyptians treated them. You made a name for yourself, which remains to this day. 11 You divided the sea before them, so that they passed through it on dry ground, but you hurled their pursuers into the depths, like a stone into mighty waters. 12 By day you led them with a pillar of cloud, and by night with a pillar of fire to give them light on the way they were to take.
13 “You came down on Mount Sinai; you spoke to them from heaven. You gave them regulations and laws that are just and right, and decrees and commands that are good. 14 You made known to them your holy Sabbath and gave them commands, decrees and laws through your servant Moses. 15 In their hunger you gave them bread from heaven and in their thirst you brought them water from the rock; you told them to go in and take possession of the land you had sworn with uplifted hand to give them.
16 “But they, our forefathers, became arrogant and stiff-necked, and did not obey your commands. 17 They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them, 18 even when they cast for themselves an image of a calf and said, ‘This is your god, who brought you up out of Egypt,’ or when they committed awful blasphemies.
19 “Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the desert. By day the pillar of cloud did not cease to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take. 20 You gave your good Spirit to instruct them. You did not withhold your manna from their mouths, and you gave them water for their thirst. 21 For forty years you sustained them in the desert; they lacked nothing, their clothes did not wear out nor did their feet become swollen.
22 “You gave them kingdoms and nations, allotting to them even the remotest frontiers. They took over the country of Sihon[c] king of Heshbon and the country of Og king of Bashan. 23 You made their sons as numerous as the stars in the sky, and you brought them into the land that you told their fathers to enter and possess. 24 Their sons went in and took possession of the land. You subdued before them the Canaanites, who lived in the land; you handed the Canaanites over to them, along with their kings and the peoples of the land, to deal with them as they pleased. 25 They captured fortified cities and fertile land; they took possession of houses filled with all kinds of good things, wells already dug, vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees in abundance. They ate to the full and were well-nourished; they reveled in your great goodness.
26 “But they were disobedient and rebelled against you; they put your law behind their backs. They killed your prophets, who had admonished them in order to turn them back to you; they committed awful blasphemies. 27 So you handed them over to their enemies, who oppressed them. But when they were oppressed they cried out to you. From heaven you heard them, and in your great compassion you gave them deliverers, who rescued them from the hand of their enemies.
28 “But as soon as they were at rest, they again did what was evil in your sight. Then you abandoned them to the hand of their enemies so that they ruled over them. And when they cried out to you again, you heard from heaven, and in your compassion you delivered them time after time.
29 “You warned them to return to your law, but they became arrogant and disobeyed your commands. They sinned against your ordinances, by which a man will live if he obeys them. Stubbornly they turned their backs on you, became stiff-necked and refused to listen. 30 For many years you were patient with them. By your Spirit you admonished them through your prophets. Yet they paid no attention, so you handed them over to the neighboring peoples. 31 But in your great mercy you did not put an end to them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and merciful God.
32 “Now therefore, O our God, the great, mighty and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love, do not let all this hardship seem trifling in your eyes—the hardship that has come upon us, upon our kings and leaders, upon our priests and prophets, upon our fathers and all your people, from the days of the kings of Assyria until today. 33 In all that has happened to us, you have been just; you have acted faithfully, while we did wrong. 34 Our kings, our leaders, our priests and our fathers did not follow your law; they did not pay attention to your commands or the warnings you gave them. 35 Even while they were in their kingdom, enjoying your great goodness to them in the spacious and fertile land you gave them, they did not serve you or turn from their evil ways.
36 “But see, we are slaves today, slaves in the land you gave our forefathers so they could eat its fruit and the other good things it produces. 37 Because of our sins, its abundant harvest goes to the kings you have placed over us. They rule over our bodies and our cattle as they please. We are in great distress.
The Agreement of the People
38 “In view of all this, we are making a binding agreement, putting it in writing, and our leaders, our Levites and our priests are affixing their seals to it.”