HEZEKIAH IS US PART 2
ISAIAH, CHAPTER 37
SCRIPTURE: CHAPTER 37, VS 1-21
1 And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the Lord.
4 It may be the Lord thy God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living God, and will reprove the words which the Lord thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that is left.
6 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say unto your master, Thus saith the Lord, Be not afraid of the words that thou hast heard, wherewith the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.
APPLICATION: CHAPTER 37, VS 1-21
1-4 When Hezekiah heard, he thought all was lost, but he sent messengers to Isaiah, the prophet, to see if the Lord would come to their rescue. In the symbolism, the Christian, who is so weak, tired, depressed, is praying earnestly for the Lord to get rid of the “devil on his shoulder!” 5-7 Isaiah, speaking for the Lord God, as a prophet, says not to fear the words of lies that you’re hearing. He says, He, (the Lord) will take care of the King of Assyria (the devil) and his people. 8-13—the devil always responds with more lies. Here, he says, “look at all the people I have killed, and dragged down so they deny their God. Ha ha. What makes you think you’ll be different! You’re too weak even to have faith! Ha ha.”14-20. A beautiful prayer of a king and a Christian—depending entirely on His God! And the rest, as they say, is history! God came to his rescue, as He comes to ours. PRAISE THE LORD!
SCRIPTURE: CHAPTER 37, VS 22-29
“22 This is the word which the Lord hath spoken concerning him; The virgin, the daughter of Zion, hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.
24 By thy servants hast thou reproached the Lord, and hast said, By the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon; and I will cut down the tall cedars thereof, and the choice fir trees thereof: and I will enter into the height of his border, and the forest of his Carmel.
26 Hast thou not heard long ago, how I have done it; and of ancient times, that I have formed it? now have I brought it to pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste defenced cities into ruinous heaps.
27 Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded: they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the housetops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up.
29 Because thy rage against me, and thy tumult, is come up into mine ears, therefore will I put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest.
30 And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year such as groweth of itself; and the second year that which springeth of the same: and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruit thereof.
36 Then the angel of the Lord went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
38 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Armenia: and Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.”
APPLICATION: CHAPTER 37, VS 30-38
He speaks to satan directly, and reminds him of his total defeat at calvary, and the painful eternity he will spend at the end of time, and he slinks off, to tell his lies another time. Pay special attention to verses 33-35. This is Our Lord’s promise to each of His Redeemed (city=believer). Our Lord will always come to our aid when we turn to Him in complete humility and repentance. He will always flex His muscles against satan and his minions when we call upon Him. James 4:7
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
END OF CHAPTER 37
SCRIPTURE: CHAPTER 38, VS 1-8
1In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live.
APPLICATION: CHAPTER 38, VS 1-8
“In those days”…What days? We are to assume it was the same time as the previous two chapters when his city was being threatened by the king of Assyria, which we symbolized as the devil threatening a Believer. To continue in that mode, on top of the demonic attacks and depression, he found out he had a fatal illness. As he had prayed, or was at that time praying for his city, he also prayed for a longer life to Praise the Lord and live for Him. He was a humble person who loved the Lord. God heard him on both prayers. He saved his city (got satan off his back) and healed him, adding 15 years to his life. As proof, He set the clock back, we assume, for the time of his prayer. Many times in our lives, things come on us all at once, and we feel like the bottom fell out of our lives. Turning honestly, humbly to Our Lord, will always bring results that are in His will. This may not look like it to us, but we don’t know His will from His eternal eyes. He will ALWAYS do the best for us for eternity!
SCRIPTURE: CHAPTER 38, VS 9-22
12 Mine age is departed, and is removed from me as a shepherd’s tent: I have cut off like a weaver my life: he will cut me off with pining sickness: from day even to night wilt thou make an end of me.
18For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.
APPLICATION: CHAPTER 38, VS 9-22
This is King Hezekiah’s testimony about those days, when the bottom fell out of his life. He was under attack from the King of Assyria (in our lives, this is satan’s messengers attacking us personally), he was depressed, and terminally ill. He regretted not having a longer life to serve the Lord and his people. He was a humble man, and he laid himself bare before the Lord, as we must do in our lives. Then He praises the Lord for His wonderful salvation, healing, and protection. Notice, in verse 20, instead of saying that he deserved these things, or that his prayers brought them about, he says, “The Lord was ready to save me.” In other words, He had submitted to the Lord’s Perfect Plan, and humbled himself in repentance, accepting the verdict from the Lord, and it was God’s decision that He was ready to do this.
END OF CHAPTER 38