Isaiah – Chapter 38


Hezekiah’s Salvation from sickness

The events in chapters 38 and 39 happened before chapters 36 and 37. Why they put them after, is anyone’s guess.

Verse 1 – In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. and Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Set your house in order for you shall die and not live.” ‘

Verse 2 – Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord,

Verse 3 – and said, “Remember now, O Lord I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

Have you ever just been totally baffled by what was happening in your life? Especially when you know you have done everything right you could possible do. Sometimes it has nothing to do with what we have done right. We don’t always know the bigger picture, so we pray, wait, and expect good.

Verse 4 – Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah, saying,

Verse 5 – “Go and say to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father. “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; and I will add to your days fifteen years.

Hezekiah was a descendant of David and God had promised David a son on the throne in Jerusalem forever. Hezekiah didn’t have a son at this time to be the heir. So perhaps that is the reason God extended his life. Hezekiah’s son, Manasseh, was 12 years old when Hezekiah died (2 Kings 21:1).

Verse 6 – “I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this city.” ‘

Verse 7 – “And this is the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing which He has spoken:

Verse 8 – “Behold, I will bring the shadow on the sundial, which has gone down with the sun on the sundial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward.” So the sun returned ten degrees on the dial by which it had gone down.

Do you remember another time when God messed with the sun? The sun stood still when Joshua prayed and asked so they could finish a battle.God gave Hezekiah a sign that he would recover and be able to go to the temple of the Lord again. And verse 8 is just another sign that our Mighty God controls it all.

Verse 9 – This is the writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick and had recovered from his sickness:

Verse 10 – I said, “In the prime of my life I shall go to the gates of Sheol; I am deprived of the remainder of my years.”

Verse 11 – I said, “I shall not see YAH, the Lord in the land of the living; I shall observe man no more among the inhabitants of the world.

Verse 12 – My life span is gone, taken from me like a shepherd’s tent; I have cut off my life like a weaver. He cuts me off from the loom; from day until night You make an end of me.

Verse 13 – I have considered until morning – like a lion, so He breaks all my bones; from day until night You make an end of me.

Verse 14 – Like a crane or a swallow, so I chattered; I mourned like a dove; my eyes fail from looking upward. O Lord, I am oppressed; undertake for me!

Hezekiah was using all kinds of metaphors to describe how fragile his life was while he was sick. He already saw his self dying. But that was not to be.

Verse 15 – “What shall I say? He has both spoken to me, and He Himself has done it. I shall walk carefully all my years in the bitterness of my soul.

Verse 16 – O Lord, by these things men live; and in all things is the life of my spirit; so You will restore me and make me live.

Verse 17 – Indeed it was for my own peace that I had great bitterness; but You have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption, for You have cast all my sins behind Your back.

Verse 18 – For Sheol cannot thank You, those who go down to the pit cannot hope for Your truth.

Hezekiah realized that his prayer brought forgiveness. He also knew that the dead cannot praise God. This shows that Hezekiah knew there was an afterlife of darkness and silence, where he could not be heard. A similar sentiment is expressed by David in Psalm 6:5 – For in death there is no remembrance of You; in the grave who will give You thanks?

Verse 19 – The living, the living man, he shall praise You, as I do this day; the father shall make known Your truth to the children.

The heritage of our faith has come to us because of faithful men and women who have carried God’s message to us across the centuries – from generation to generation.

Verse 20 – “The Lord was ready to save me; therefore we will sing my songs with stringed instruments all the days of our life, in the house of the Lord.”

Verse 21 – Now Isaiah had said, “Let them take a lump of figs, and apply it as a poultice on the boil, and he shall recover.”

Verse 22 – And Hezekiah had said, “What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of the Lord?”

Evidently, Hezekiah had an inflaming ulcer. In Arabic, the verb means to be hot, inflamed. This had threatened Hezekiah’s immediate death.

So sad that too many today, except a disease or diagnoses from a doctor, without ever considering to ask God to heal them. I always wonder, why not? When Isaiah told Hezekiah to get his house in order, for he was about to die, he turned to God. Don’t ever think that it’s not God’s will to see us well, because that’s not true. We shouldn’t blame ourselves when we don’t see someone recover either. I used to think, “God, did I not pray right?” God’s Word tells us to believe in the heart when you pray, ask,  and you will have what you ask.

Mark 11: 23, 24 – “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will come to pass, he will have whatever he says.” “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

God Bless and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

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