Isaiah 37

Isaiah 37 has Hezekiah seeing God’s help regarding the king of Assyria.  He didn’t pause once he heard the report from his team that had met with the enemy.  “As soon as King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes and covered himself with sackcloth and went into the house of the Lord….lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left”.   He sent his top aides to Isaiah asking for his prayers and help too.  Hezekiah didn’t even consider trying to deal with the threat on his own.  He went straight to God.  That’s a lesson we all need to learn.

Isaiah brings him this response from God.  “Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the young men of the king of Assyria have reviled me”.  God is already on the issue.  He’s got it well in hand.  The Assyrian king tries again to drive fear into the people and Hezekiah with his threats and trying to cause doubt.  ”Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you by promising that Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria. Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, devoting them to destruction”.  Satan is always whispering things trying to get us to doubt God.  But He is always faithful.

The king of Assyria sends a letter to threaten the city of Jerusalem.  “Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord.  And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord”.  Hezekiah does the right thing again – he runs straight to God.  He carries his burden to the Lord and gets a very clear response.  “I planned from days of old what now I bring to pass, that you should make fortified cities crash into heaps of ruins, while their inhabitants, shorn of strength, are dismayed and confounded, and have become like plants of the field and like tender grass”.  God’s never surprised.  He’s always in control.

But it isn’t just the big things God knows about.  Check out what He tells Hezekiah.   “I know your sitting down and your going out and coming in, and your raging against me”. God cares about all the details of our lives.  He’s in touch and in control.  He gives Hezekiah a promise of His power and the future that will result.  “For out of Jerusalem shall go a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors”.   God’s not going to let the enemy destroy them.  In fact, that very day “The angel of the Lord went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians”.  It wasn’t just a comment of what was to come.  It was God’s immediate action to do what He said.  That’s the God we serve.  He is the King of Kings!

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