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“May you and I not fear what we see on tv, read in the newspaper or hear from others because our trust is in the Lord.” <>< Dona (09/30/20)

Please read Isaiah 37 through 39.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Isaiah 37 Theme

Jerusalem’s Deliverance Foretold.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You gave Isaiah a message to give to King Hezekiah (v. 5-7).

Something to think about

The message the Lord gave Isaiah was to not be afraid of what they were hearing because He (the Lord) would take care of the situation.

Something to experience

When we get distressing or fearful information, we can do like King Hezekiah.  We can take the information before the Lord (v.14) and pray (v. 15-19) and ask for deliverance (v. 20). 

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 37:5-7 So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.  Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master, ‘The Lord says, “Don’t be afraid of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me. Behold, I will put a spirit in him and he will hear news, and will return to his own land. I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.”’”

Isaiah 37:14 Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it. Then Hezekiah went up to the Lord’s house, and spread it before the Lord. 

Isaiah 37:15-19 15 Hezekiah prayed to the Lord, saying, 16 “The Lord of Armies, the God of Israel, who is enthroned among the cherubim, You are the God, even You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 17 Turn Your ear, O Lord, and hear. Open your eyes, O Lord, and behold. Hear all of the words of Sennacherib, who has sent to defy the living God. 18 Truly, O Lord, the kings of Assyria have destroyed all the countries and their land, 19 and have cast their gods into the fire; for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone; therefore they have destroyed them. 

Isaiah 37:20 Now therefore, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord, even You only.”

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Isaiah 38 Theme

King Hezekiah’s illness (v. 1a).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, King Hezekiah was at the point of death (v. 1b).

Something to think about

The Lord told King Hezekiah to get his affairs in order because he was going to die (v. 1c). Hezekiah prayed and told the Lord he had walked before Him faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and done what was good in God’s eyes (v. 2-3). The Lord added fifteen years to Hezekiah’s life (v. 4-5). King Hezekiah realized that his prayer brought him restoration (v. 15-16) forgiveness (v. 17-18) and salvation (v. 20).  

Something to experience

We too can seek God’s intervention in our life (v. 2-3).  We need to pray and then leave the restoration, forgiveness and salvation in God’s hands (v. 15-18, 20).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 38:1 In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, came to him, and said to him, “The Lord says, ‘Set your house in order, for you will die, and not live.’”

Isaiah 38:2-3 Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, and said, “Remember now, O Lord, I beg You, how I have walked before You in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in Your sight.” Then Hezekiah wept bitterly.

Isaiah 38:4-5 Then the Lord’s word came to Isaiah, saying, “Go, and tell Hezekiah, ‘The Lord, the God of David your father, says, “I have heard your prayer. I have seen your tears. Behold, I will add fifteen years to your life. 

Isaiah 38:15-16 15 What will I say?  He (God) has both spoken to me, and Himself has done it.  I will walk carefully all my years because of the anguish of my soul. 16 Lord, men live by these things; and my spirit finds life in all of them: You restore me, and cause me to live.

Isaiah 38:17-18 17 Behold, for peace I had great anguish, but You (God) have in love for my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption; for You have cast all my sins behind Your back.  18 For Sheol can’t praise You.  Death can’t celebrate You. Those who go down into the pit can’t hope for Your truth.

Isaiah 38:20 The Lord will save me. Therefore, we will sing my songs with stringed instruments all the days of our life in the Lord’s house.

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Isaiah 39 Theme

Visitors from Babylon.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, was it a mistake for King Hezekiah to show the envoy from Babylon all that he owned? (v. 1-2).

Something to think about

Perhaps Hezekiah was just expressing gratitude for what God had given him. But Hezekiah failed to see that the Babylonians would become his next threat and would conquer his city (v. 5-7). 

Something to experience

When we show others what we have are we showing gratitude to God for what He’s given us or are we boasting of what we’ve attained? 

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 39:1-21 At that time, Merodach Baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah; for he heard that he had been sick, and had recovered. Hezekiah was pleased with them, and showed them the house of his precious things, the silver, the gold, the spices, and the precious oil, and all the house of his armor, and all that was found in his treasures. There was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah didn’t show them. 

Isaiah 39:5-7 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord of Armies: ‘Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have stored up until today, will be carried to Babylon. Nothing will be left,’ says the Lord. ‘They will take away your sons who will issue from you, whom you shall father, and they will be eunuchs in the king of Babylon’s palace.’”

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will not be afraid of the news we hear because we are indeed able to take our problems to You (Isaiah 37:14) and pray (Isaiah 37:15-19) and ask for deliverance (Isaiah 37:20). Lord, I pray we, like Hezekiah, will walk faithfully before You, with wholehearted devotion and do what is good in Your eyes (Isaiah 38:2-3).  Lord, I pray we will receive restoration, forgiveness and salvation from You (Isaiah 38:15-18, 20).  Lord, I pray we will always show gratitude for what You’ve given us.   In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I always give thanks to the Lord.” <>< Dona