Summary of passage: Isaiah reveals God’s response to Hezekiah after his prayer to the Lord to rescue them from the King of Assyria, Sennacherib. It is because Hezekiah prayed that the Lord responds. The Lord challenges the King of Assyria by asking if he knows who he is dealing with? The Holy One of Israel! Sennacherib insults and blasphemed the Lord when it was through the Lord that Assyria owes its success. The Lord himself reached the remotest places and dried up the streams of Egypt. Long ago, the Lord ordained Assyria’s success. But because Sennacherib rages against the Lord, the Lord will “put a hook in your nose and my bit in your mouth, and I will make you return the way you came.” This is exactly how Assyria treated its prisoners. The Lord will give a sign to Hezekiah: the year you will eat what grows by itself; the second year what springs from that; the third year you will sow and reap vineyards. This will show a remnant will remain from Judah and Jerusalem. The Lord says: the king of Assyria will not enter Jerusalem. He will defend it for His sake and for David’s. So, an angel of the Lord killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers, resulting in Sennacherib’s forced withdraw. Later, Sennacherib will be assassinated by his two sons.
10) God answers because Hezekiah prayed so that encourages me to pray. God explains that long ago He planned Assyria’s invasions and successes and He allowed it. Because Assyria rages against God and throw him insults, the King will be punished in the same cruel way. Nothing happens without God’s hand so we can trust in God, who is Holy and faithful, to answer our prayers and petitions and punish evil-doers and work His light in our life.
11) This year you will eat what grows by itself, second year what springs from that, third year what you sow and reap from vineyards. This points to how Judah and Jerusalem will have a remnant.
12) The King would not enter Jerusalem. An angel of the Lord killed 185,000 Assyrian troops so Sennacherib withdrew to Ninevah. But the King never admitted defeat and was eventually assassinated by his own sons.
Conclusions: This shows the power of prayer and the power of the Holy One. He will not tolerate injustices to his chosen people and will punish those who mock Him. Hezekiah kept the faith and God kept his promises but interestingly, not for Hezekiah’s sake but for His glory and for David’s sake.
Map of land of Ararat: http://bibleatlas.org/regional/ararat.htm