- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Isaiah 37
Facing the threat of Assyria, King Hezekiah called for a national emergency, wearing sackcloth, symbol of mourning and repentance, and called out to prophet Isaiah to ridicule the threating word of Assyrian’s field commander, and to pray God for the remnant of the people.
Isaiah comforted them, not to be afraid for the blasphemed word of the field commander, the first assurance. He prophesied how God would work in them to withdrew themselves from invading Judah. how Assyrian army and their king would be defeated.
Field commander was still threating(8-13) King Hezekiah and the king went up the temple of the Lord and prayed for salvation. “all kingdoms on earth may know that you alone are God.” (v20)
In his prayer, King Hezekiah acknowledged that God was the one and universal God.
Isaiah prophesied the fall of Assyria and spoke for God, a second assurance with the sing of return to normal condition by the third year. The third assurance (33-35) was God’s saving work for Judah for the sake of God and for the sake of king David.
The angel of the Lord fought against Assyrian army and Assyrian king and his army withdrew. Assyrian history recorded that Sennacherib was killed by his son twenty years after the invasion of Judah.
God is the God of all nation and ultimate purpose of God’s intervention in the history of his people is for his own glory.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?