The Assyrian king sent his men to frighten the people of Jerusalem. The king’s agents spoke of the nations they had already conquered, whose gods were powerless to deliver them. In other words: Your God will be like all those other gods we defeated.
“They spoke of the God of Jerusalem as of the gods of the peoples of the earth, the work of men’s hands” (2 Chronicles 32:19).
God answered their arrogance by slaying the entire Assyian army of 185,000 men!
Enabled by God, Nehemiah led his people in rebuilding the fallen walls of Jerusalem. Their critics taunted, “What are these feeble Jews doing?” “. . . if a fox should jump on it, he would break their stone wall down!” (Nehemiah 4:2-3).
But Nehemiah later wrote, “So the wall was completed . . . in fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard of it . . . they lost their confidence, for they recognized that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God” (6:15-16).
During Jesus’ ministry His enemies accused Him of being demon-possessed, insane, a blasphemer, glutton, drunkard, deceiver, etc. (John 9:24; John 10:20, 33; Matthew 11:19; 27:63).
They even said He cast out demons by the power of Satan (Matthew 12:24-28).
But it wasn’t long until the risen Christ, fully vindicated, was enthroned in glory at God’s right hand—where He reigns still.
At Pentecost the Holy Spirit empowered the apostles to speak in languages understood by the people who heard them. Some in the audience mocked, “They are full of sweet wine” (Acts 2:13).
But before the day was over, some 3,000 were convicted by Peter’s forceful sermon, and the mighty church of God was born.
The final verdict
Today we still have those who scorn the Scriptures and deride the bride of Christ, the church. But God will have the last word.
He always does.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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