“Glory To The Lord Jesus”/Isaiah 37, “Sennacherib’s Fall”

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“I Won’t Complain,” Rev. Rance Allen 

“Sennacherib’s Fall,” Isaiah 37:21) Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent unto Hezekiah, saying, Thus Saith The Lord God Of Israel.  Whereas Thou hast Prayed To me Against Sennacherib king of Assyria.  22) This Is The Word Which The Lord Has Spoken Concerning him; The Virgin, The Daughter Of Zion, Hath Despised thee, And Laughed thee To Scorn, The Daughter Of Jerusalem Hath Shaken Her Head At thee.  23) Whom hast thou Reproached And Blasphemed?  And Against Whom Hast thou Exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on High?  Even Against The Holy One Of Israel.  24) By thy servant hast thou Reproached The lord, And hast said, By the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon; And I will cut down the tall cedars Thereof, and the choice fir trees Thereof:  And I will enter into the height of his border, And the forest of his Carmel.  25) I have digged, and drunk water; and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of the besieged places.  26) Hast thou Not Heard Long Ago, How I Have Done It; And Of Ancient Times, That I Have Formed It?  Now Have I Brought It to Pass, That thou Shouldest Be To lay Wast Defenced Cities Into Ruinous Heaps.  2 Kings 19:25.      

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v16-21, Because You Have Prayed To Me:  God’s Gracious Response Was A Direct Answer To A godly king.  v22, Virgin:  Cities are often personified as female in the Scriptures.  This imagery speaks of Jerusalem as a “daughter” being threatened by an attacker.  v23, reproached and blasphemed … raised up your voice … lifted up your eyes on High:  The folly of the wicked of all ages is epitomized (a perfect example) here.  v24, Chariots were the most prized military hardware of the time.  v25, dug and drunk water:  Deserts cannot stop Assyria’s king; he represents himself as invincible.  v26-29, The Assyrians dragged prisoners away with a hook in the nose; soon they would get the hook!

John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – v26, Hast thou Not Heard Long Ago?  &c.] By report, by reading the history of ancient times, or by means of the prophets; These Are The Words Of The Lord to Sennacherib.  (It is added) “What I Did To Pharaoh king of Egypt;”  it follows: How I Have Done It; And Of Ancient Times That I Have Formed It?  meaning either The Decree In His Own Breast From All Eternity, And Which He Had Published By His Prophets, of raising up him, this wicked prince, to be the scourge of nations; or by the “it” are meant the people of the Jews, God’s Israel, Whom He Had Made, formed into a body politic, and into a Church State, and Had Done Great Things For, In Bringing Them Out of Egypt, Leading Them Through The Red Sea, Providing For Them, And Protecting Them In The Wilderness, Subduing Nations Under Them, And Settling Them In The Land of Canaan; Now Have I Brought It To Pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste defenced cities into ruinous heaps  F20; which some render interrogatively, Now Should I Bring, It To Be Laid Waste, And Fenced Cities To Be Ruinous Heaps?  that is, the people of the Jews, the city of Jerusalem, and other fenced cities?  No, I Will Not: or the meaning is, that that decree, Which He Had Framed And Formed In His Own Mind From All Eternity, He Was Now Bringing To Pass; which was, that this king of Babylon should be a waster and destroyer of fortified cities, which he should reduce to heaps of ruin; wherefore he had no reason to vaunt as he had done, for he was only an instrument of Executing The Purposes And Designs of God.

Quest Study Bible – v21, “Did God Base His Decision On Hezekiah’s Prayer?”  God Clearly Wanted Hezekiah To Know His Prayer Would Be Answered.  We also know that God Had Already Promised To Deliver His People.  Some say God May Change His Methods In Response To Prayer, But That He Never Alters His Purpose.  Others note that God Makes Both Absolute Decrees (unchanged regardless of what humans do with Them) and Conditional Decrees (which invite —even depend upon —human interaction).  Either way, God Does Not Change.  His Character And Purpose Are Settled.  Also see article:  “When Does God Refuse To Hear Our Prayers?”  (Jeremiah 11:11).  

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – This Chapter is the same as 2 Kings 19.

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