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

The Lord calls for courage in Him and Him alone.

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

And how does the Lord answer? He answers with a clarity and finality that is unmatched!

Of Sennacherib and his servants (including the Rabshakeh), “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. But 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 in the Lord’s hands! In His order and control and plan!

Then these wonderful words of hope for Israel then, but for us today too, “For out of Jerusalem shall go a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors.”

And then this full-of-weight line, “The zeal of the LORD will do this.”

Isaiah (who is speaking this word from the Lord) uses the same phrase in Isaiah 9 v7, “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’s the Lord who fights our battles. It’s Him who gives us strength, more, it’s His strength! His grace. His mercy. He keeps us safe. His plans are for our good.

Praise God for such a Father in heaven as this, such a saviour, such a Lord!

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