Catching up, catching up…
Isaiah 31 & 32
Speaking of catching up, how about those horses and chariots? (Haha, add that to the triumphant segue list!)
The Lord continues His warning against His people finding hope and salvation in other things, particularly Egypt. The phrase “horses and chariots” shows up a lot in the Bible, and in a way refers to real horses and chariots, particularly in Exodus when Pharaoh’s army riding horses and chariots pursued the people of God to the Red Sea. But the term horses and chariots comes up elsewhere and is most certainly a metaphor for the strong things that we rely on and trust in above the Lord. For instance, Psalm 20:7: “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” Consider this interesting passage from Deuteronomy 17:
“When you come to the land that the LORD your God is giving you, and you possess it and dwell in it and then say, ‘I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are around me,’ you may indeed set a king over you whom the LORD your God will choose. One from among your brothers you shall set as king over you. You may not put a foreigner over you, who is not your brother. Only he must not acquire many horses for himself or cause the people to return to Egypt in order to acquire many horses, since the LORD has said to you, ‘You shall never return that way again.’”
Don’t acquire horses and chariots; trust that the Lord will care for you. And we see the consequence of this when we read that Solomon acquired a massive amount of horses and chariots…and then took a massive amount of wives, and then we know the rest of the story.