July 21, Reading 2 – Isaiah 37:8-38

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SAA Notes

We have here King Hezekiah’s great prayer for God to deliver Israel from the Assyrians. Isaiah brings Hezekiah a heartening answer from God, and a deliverance without an army.

SJA Notes

See this prayer from Hezekiah, what a prayer it is!

Sennacherib made the mistake most folk do. He assumed our God was like all other gods.

But our God is a LIVING GOD!

Hezekiah gets right to the heart of the matter in his prayer, “For they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone.”, and earlier he attests/witnesses that the Lord is the Living God.

We see this in our world today, over and over. In our own circles, in our friends and family, and onwards, throughout nations.

That God is toothless, not real, not worthy of trust, and definitely not to be believed on.

We see it in people’s attitudes towards Jesus, towards God’s word.

And sometimes, we see it in us. In our own inaction and selfishness, in our own weakness to follow after our broken hearts desire – To be gods ourselves, to put away the one true ever-living Yahweh and instead put ourselves at number one.

We make gods of lots of things today. Our intent of worship can get mixed up and diluted as we pander to the world, as we come up against hard truths that are in God’s word and we seek an answer that rather tickles the ear, what we want to hear.

V23 was relevent in Isaiah’s time, a word from the Lord. It was relevent when Jesus walked the earth, preaching the good news, submitting under His Father’s will unto death. And it is relevent for us today.

“Whom have you mocked and reviled? Against whom have you raised your voice and lifted your eyes to the heights? Against the Holy One of Israel!”

* Great God above, the Holy One of Israel, ever-living Lord and King,

Thank You for saving us out idolatry, out from our sin.

Please help us to flee from idolatry, that our worship of You, throughout our days, would be pure and blameless. In Your strength alone, in the courage and fortitude that only You can bring and give.

Please be gracious to us, merciful Father.

Amen.

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