49 Isaiah / Part 1 (13)

Because our Lord is our friend

Isaiah 37:14 -38
Romans 8:31 -39
T Without knowing the power of our Lord

@We enter last part of the Part 1, Chapter 36-39. It is said quotation from Chapter 18-20, descriptions of official document U kings of history of Israeli dynasty, but, in this point, it seems that perhaps Isaiah is more old. You may think with one of the original materials.

@It begins "Now it came about in the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Sinnacherib king of Assyria came up against them. And the king of Assyria sent Rabshakeh from Lachish to Jerusalem to King Hezekiah with a large army. And he stood by the conduit of the upper pool on the highway of the fuller's field."(36:1-2). General Rabshakeh (a vice-commander?) spreads a camp in the same reservoir which Ahaz prepares for a fight with the Silja/Ephraim allied forces once and planned security of water.(7:3) Hizekiah expected it, and dug Siloam tunnel which extended to 400m from a spring of Gihon and drew water into the Jerusalem city. Jerusalem turns into being a difficult situation still now. One armed forces which Rabshakeh took seems to have been platoons, but, this general sents a surrender advice to Hizekiah, backed by power of the Assyria armed main force where there is 40 q in south Lachish from Jerusalem.

@This general sneers, "Behold, you rely on the staff of this crushed reed, even on Egypt;"(36:6), and "But you say 'We trust in the Lord our God.'"(7). Egypt of those days seems to have been going to prevent a Palestinian advance of Assyria, by the times when strong King appeared of a Ethiopia native place. However, he (Rabshakeh) had the actual results that he fought and it had never been defeated, and put too much confidence in the overpowering armaments, and he would neglect intelligence hich was strong power of Israeli God the Lord had. He could not evaluate power of justly. He labelled Jehwah as a thing without power as same as gods of an idol of nearby Cannan various countries. And he calls God so bad names.

U From our Prayer

@"But they were silent and answered him not a word; for the king's commandment was, "Do not answer him.'".(36:21) When Hezekiah heard his violent language, "he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth and entered the house of the Lord."(37:1). It is a figure when a person having a deep suffering leaves before God. When God is an only One saving his country, it will be his faith. He did not intend to fight against that army. And he sends an errand to Isaiah. "This day is a day of distress, rebuke, and rejection; for children have come to birth, and there is no strength to deliver.' Perhaps the Lord your God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to reproach the living God, and will rebuke the words which the Lord your God has heard. Therefore offer a prayer for the remnant that is left.'"(37:3 -4) And there is it, "Isaiah the prophet prayed about this and cried out to heaven."(UChronicles 32:20). It will be an answer to the prayer. "Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me 'Behold, I will put a sprit in him so that he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land. and I will make him fall by the sword in his own land.'"(6-7), this is the message of Isaiah. I don't understand what "a rumor" hints at, but after Sennacherib king comes back to Assyria, and it passed 20 years, he is assassinated by one's children. The ending was written down in Chapter 38, but it would be inserted as proof when words of God were realized by all means.

@A surrender advice was sent again after 37:9, but Assyria force won as a result that it received a reinforcement request of Hezekiah, and Egypt force took the field, and both armed forces fought on Eltekeh plain of the Mediterranean Sea coast, and main force itself surrounded Jerusalem this time. It would be an event of the meantime. His reliable Egypt is defeated, and a siege of the Assyria armed forces extends for several months, and the critical situation adds to acuteness. However, Hezekiah's faith did not shake in that situation. It is surrounded, and an interval seems to be the time of crying, but he entered in a shrine and opened a letter of surrender advice before the Lord and prayed. "O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, who art enthroned above the cherubim, Thou art the God, Thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. Thou hast made heaven and earth. Incline Thine ear, O lord, and hear; open Thine eyes, O Lord, and see; and listen to all the words of Sennacherib, who sent them to reproach the living God. Truly, O Lord, the kings of Assyria have devastated all the countries and their lands, and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but the work of men's hands, wood and stone. So they have destroyed them. And now, O Lord our God, deliver us from his hand that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that Thou alone, Lord, art God."(16-20) This prayer is prayer for the help from Assyria, but at first, it begins with confession. This posture will be shown that the first posture to be made before God is confession of trust.

V Because our Lord is our friend

@And a message of Isaiah begins here. "Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, 'Because you have prayed to Me about Sennacherib king of Assyria,'"(21)@"I heard your prayer.", isn't this the best promise? When we of the present age have the same promise, I want to learn it. "Whom have you reproached and blasphemed? And against whom have you raised your voice, And haughtily lifted up your eyes? against the Holy One of Israel!"(23), and a sentence to Assyria continues to Verse 29 and, it is completed with "And I will turn you back by the way which you came.". "He shall not come to this city, or shoot an arrow there; neither shall he come before it with a shield, nor throw up a mound against it. By the way that he came, by the same he shall return, and he shall not come to this city.", and it is repeated in Verse 33,34. "Then the angel of the Lord went out, and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men arose early in the morning, ehold, all of these were dead. So Sennacherib, king of Assyria, depared and returned home, and lived at Nineveh."(36-37) After that, the western aggression of Sennacherib seems to have been cut off.

@Verse 30-35 are messages to Jerusalem. "Then this shall be the sign for you; you shall eat this year what grows of itsef, in the second year what springs from the same, and in the third year sow, reap, plant vineyards, and eat their fruit." It doesn't know this well, but while state of war can't get a satisfactory harvest, Isaiah wants people pay attention to it, to rely on only just food which is saved in a castle wall and the thing which it grew from gleanings after an enemy left, they are all blessings of God. "The surviving remnant" is repeated. "The zeal of the Lord of the hosts shall perform this."(32) "For I will defend this city to save it for My own sake and for My servant David's sake."(35), and it seems to come how God has his own people regretted. David, it seems to be consideration to the Messiah. Crowning his own name to Jerusalem (peace of God) symbolizes the salvation. It is not accident by any means that Jesus was hung on a cross in that capital. The help is tied to the judgment to Assyria, and it is told. Because a lot of articles turned to Assyria is God's message which refuses every difficulty and makes His help completely, we can hear. Will not the present age be so, too? There is the big work of God such as Verse 30 still now. However, the world that does not know God such as Assyria is still more big all the time and it is wide and surrounds us but we can hear that the help from there approaches surely just close. Is it piling up to the cry of Paul, "If God is for us, who is against us?"(Romans 8:31)?