Isaiah 36-41

Daily Reading

Isaiah 36-41

Daily Thought

Isaiah was prophet to King Hezekiah, a good king who “did what was good and right and faithful before the LORD his God” (2Chronicles 31:20). He restored Judah to faith and worship, and stood against Assyria, the mighty nation that had defeated the northern kingdom of Israel. Assyria presented to Hezekiah, king of Judah, a question he must answer, “Say to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria: On what do you rest this trust of yours? In whom do you now trust?’” (Isaiah 36:4-5). That question is asked to each generation, including ours.

Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, presented Hezekiah with a reasonable argument. “Have the gods of the nations delivered them, the nations that my fathers destroyed, Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden who were in Telassar? Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, the king of Hena, or the king of Ivvah?” (Isaiah 37:12-13). Assyria has demonstrated her strength over lots of little nations depending on lots of little gods. Hezekiah, will your God fail and your nation fall, as well? “On what do you rest this trust of yours?”

Hezekiah took Sennacherib’s question before his God, the only and true God, and worshipped. “O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth.” The little gods destroyed by Assyria “were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone” (Isaiah 37:16, 19). Worship gave Hezekiah perspective. He would answer the question. He would trust in the one God, his God, God of heaven and earth.

After the one God, the God of Hezekiah and Judah, defeated the Assyrians, Isaiah included a postscript regarding Sennacherib, king of Assyria, “as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, Adrammelech and Sharezer, his sons, struck him down with the sword” (Isaiah 37:38).

Thus said the great king, the king of Assyria: “On what do you rest this trust of yours? In whom do you now trust?” (Isaiah 36:4-5). That is the question.

Daily Prayer

My Creator, You are Lord of all. You establish justice and promote righteousness. You have made Your ways known, Your Laws are clear and they are good.  I may choose to follow them.  Or not.  You give me freedom to decide the path I walk, the choices I make, the direction of my life.

At the end, God, I know I will stand before the King of kings and Lord of lords, the God of all the kingdoms of the earth. Thank You for Your Son, who paid the price for my sins on my behalf. He has given me his righteousness, so that I may stand with confidence before You. There is no other choice but You.

Amen

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