Summary of passage: King Hezekiah tore his clothes upon hearing the field commander’s words. He sent Eliakim, Shebna, and priests to tell Isaiah and ask his advice and pray for the people. Isaiah speaks the words of the Lord: Do not be afraid for I will put a spirit in him (the king Sennacherib) and when he hears a certain report he will return to his country where I will cut him down with a sword.” Then the King of Assyria left Lachish. Sennacherib, the King of Assyria, hears that Egypt is marching against him so he tries once more to persuade Judah to surrender, using the same argument of: these other nations didn’t survive, their gods didn’t save them, so how will yours save you? Hezekiah goes to the Lord’s temple and prays, asking for deliverance so that all kingdoms will know you (God) is the one true God.
7a) He tore his clothes and put on sackcloth (a sign of mourning) and went into the temple of the Lord. Then he sent Eliakim, Shebna, and priests to consult Isaiah.
b) Do not be afraid for the Lord will put a spirit in Sennacherib, the King of Assyria, and when he hears a certain report he will return to his country and there the Lord will cut him down with a sword.
8 ) He sent a letter to Hezekiah, saying again how Assyria has completely destroyed other countries and their gods did not save them so why would Hezekiah’s God save his country?
9a) Hezekiah goes to the temple of the Lord and prays and asks God for exactly what he wants to happen and why. We should all do this as well.
b) Personal Question. My answer: Hezekiah prays so God’s glory will be shown to all if He rescues Judah; “so that all kingdoms on Earth may know that you alone are God.” I pray for what I want and for God’s will. To work through me for HIs will and His glory.
c) Personal Question. My answer: God, you alone are God of the Heavens. You alone know what I need. Please guide my path and send signs for moving, for starting something, and for using my novel to spread your word to young people. Open doors for my husband at work as a sign for which place to move. Thank you Lord. Amen.
Conclusions: I love how we can use Hezekiah as an example (at least in this instance) of what to do in the face of adversity. His situation was grim and only God could intervene and Hezekiah knew this and he acted accordingly. He prayed a powerful prayer to God and God answered.
I like question 9c. It brings this lesson full circle so we can apply it to our lives. BSF applies a lot of the lessons but physically writing a prayer is powerful and then praying it. It makes you think of what you want to say rather than just praying. Great stuff.
End note: More maps of places listed in Isaiah 37 that Assyria had conquered.
Tel Assar: http://bibleatlas.org/telassar.htm