Do Not Answer Him

“Do not answer him…” (Isaiah 36:21) Bullying has been the hot-topic of schools, social media, and even addressed in the workplace. It is a despicable practice aimed at destroying the self-worth of an individual and beyond. However this practice of intimidation is not new.

Judah was in a vulnerable place. The Assyrians had already taken all of its major cities. Now they had Jerusalem and King Hezekiah in their sights. A representative was sent to bully the king and his people into submission. It is a textbook case of psychological warfare. Question everything; the strength of their ally, Egypt. — their military capability — even the support of God.

“Moreover, is it without the LORD that I have come up against this land to destroy it? The LORD said to me, ‘“Go up against this land and destroy it.”’” (Isaiah 36:10) Verbal assaults are not just aimed at our character. They seek to destroy hope, to paint a bleak picture of the future. Lies, half-truths, and boisterous words were part of the Assyrian scare tactic.

Hezekiah’s response is simple: Do not answer him. Why? Nothing that Hezekiah or his representative could say would stop this bully.

Proverbs 24:6 tells us: Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are. In other words, don’t be drawn in by inflammatory words. Instead imitate the wisdom of King Hezekiah: He humbled himself and sought to hear from God through the prophet. Isaiah heard a response from God about the situation:

Ch 37:6-7 the prophet replied, “Say to your master, ‘This is what the Lord says: Do not be disturbed by this blasphemous speech against me from the Assyrian king’s messengers. 7 Listen! I myself will move against him,and the king will receive a message that he is needed at home. So he will return to his land, where I will have him killed with a sword.’”

The Assyrian representative would not accept that response and continued his bullying tactics. (Bullies don’t listen) However God’s word proved to be true.

Instead of trying to defend yourself, don’t answer. Let God speak to you. Let God be your defense. Take a few moments and enjoy the youtube video of one of my favs: Marty Goetz


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  1. Thank you Pastor Nick for this. I watched and listened to the video and such a peace washed over me. He is my defense I will not be moved, My heart grieves for my country. I wish we could all join hands and sing “We Are The World” but I know that ain’t gonna fix nuthin. I need to confess and repent of getting so angry in trying to defend certain choices I have made. Rather than resting in the knowledge that God sees my heart, I find myself screaming I am not a racist! I am not a homophobe! I get caught up in the temporal battle that is happening and respond in the flesh by cursing my enemies rather than praying for them with the purest of intentions. I don’t like this division. I abhor it. The best I can do is agree to disagree, walk away and fall to my knees. Dear Lord search my heart and show me any pride or self righteousness that is within me. Let me not foget the spiritual battle that is behind all of this and forgive me for giving into fear and despondancy.

  2. Avatar JOANN GOETZ : June 30, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Hi, it’s me, Joann Goetz…and I was so interested in checking out this guy “Marty Goetz” lol…but my computer would not connect. But anyhow, just want to comment simply to say that you and the Word is SO correct in not giving the bully or the fool or, for that matter, any “creep” the satisfaction of an “answer”. PS your messages are all so inspirational, but I wanted to thank you, in particular, for your sermon of today, Sunday June 30th. Your special dedication of time to our country and where it’s going was heart-wrenching and real. Your expanded message of fighting the giant of self-righteousness was also insightful and hit home in a gentle, yet powerful, way. Thank you for your for being such a good shepherd to all of us. Joann

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