October 17, Reading 1 – 2 Kings 19

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SAA Notes

Hezekiah’s prayer is a good example for us ourselves. Isaiah’s prophecy is the answer to Hezekiah’s prayer. God hears His Messiah’s prayers. Lord, teach us to pray!

SJA Notes

“Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have reviled me.”

How apt this passage is for us today! And how awesome it is, there is much in this reading.

The Lord calls for courage from us, our trust placed in Him and Him alone.

Hezekiah does the right thing and brings a heavy letter of dread, spreading it before the Lord and committing the worries and concerns of his own and of the people to the Lord in prayer.

And how does the Lord answer? With a clarity and finality that cannot be matched.

“Who 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!”

God will not be mocked.

And more,

“Have you not heard that I determined it long ago? I planned from days of old what now I bring to pass, that you should turn fortified cities into heaps of ruins,”

This was all of it in the Lord’s hands – In His order and control and plan!

Then come the wonderful words of hope for Israel (and for us),

“For out of Jerusalem shall go a remnant, and out of Mount Zion is a band of survivors.”

And then we have this weighty word,

“The zeal of the LORD will do this.”

Isaiah uses the same phrase when speaking of the kingdom of the servant king, our Saviour and King Jesus,

“Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.”

It is the Lord who fights our battles. It is He who gives us strength – It is His strength! His grace. His mercy.

He keeps us safe. His plans are for our good.

* Father God,

Thank You for all that You are, Father in heaven – You are such a Saviour for us, a God of love and faithfulness.

Please help us be Your people today in spirit and in truth.

Amen.

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