Continuing the theme of Hezekiah’s prayer life, we find another episode here in chapter 38.
We also catch a glimpse of the fact that Isaiah is not always chronological
In chapter 37 we saw Sennacherib’s end, but in this chapter, he is still alive and in play.
I want to simply walk through this passage and let it speak for itself.
Hezekiah Had a Big Problem
about to die
will not recover
Hezekiah Became Depressed
He hid his face
He did not want to look out
He wept bitterly
I don’t want to labor this too much, but I don’t think Isaiah was walking down the hallway about to leave and God turned him around.
I think there was a little time here.
How long I don’t know.
But he was rightfully upset.
Ecclesiastes makes it clear that there is a time for everything.
We should not be afraid to express sorrow over bad news.
And let me remind you, Hezekiah didn’t look at Isaiah and say “ I don’t receive that.
Don’t speak those negative words”
We need to give ourselves permission to have a hard time coming to terms with hard news.
I think we do people a disservice when we don’t give them time and space to process and to feel.
To hurt, and to cry… then to call on the Lord.
Hezekiah Called Out to God
He did not explicitly ask to live.
He simply reminded God (again God didn’t need the reminder, but Hezekiah needed to say it, and God was moved by it.
He reminded God that He had tried to honor the Lord in the way he had lived.
Hezekiah knows that God cares and God listens.
He knows that God can do anything He chooses.
In the previous chapter, Hezekiah prays straight up based on the promises of the Word of God, and the preaching of Isaiah… Judah would not fall to Assyria.
That prayer was supplication for the Nation, this prayer is very personal.
There is no guarantee that God will intervene.
But there is no reason not to cry out to God and ask Him to move, and believe that He will.
What does he have to lose?
What does he have to gain?
God Responded Powerfully
An extension of life by 15 year (and an heir was born during that time)
By the way, God used medicine to bring about the cure.
An exclusion of the enemy
3. A Sign of Certainty (God had told Ahaz to ask for a sign decades earlier, and Ahaz, full of himself, had refused) Now God uses Ahaz’s steps to turn back time as a pledge that he would do what he would do.
Hezekiah had asked for the sign.
Hezekiah Responded With Worship
starting in verse 9 and culminating in 18-20