“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 38, “Hezekiah’s Illness”

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“Yield Not To Temptation,”  Bishop David L. Ellis

“NEAR THE CROSS,”  Bishop David L. Ellis

“Hezekiah’s Illness,” Isaiah 38:1) In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death.  And Isaiah the Prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus Saith The Lord, Set Thine House In Order:  For Thou Shalt Die, And Not Live.  2 Kings 20:1; 2 Chronicles 32:24.  2) Then Hezekiah tuned his face toward the wall, and Prayed Unto The Lord,  3) And said, Remember now, O Lord, I Beseech (Beg) Thee, how I have walked before Thee in Truth and with a Perfect Heart, and have done that which is Good In Thy Sight.  And Hezekiah wept sore.  Nehemiah 5:19.  4) Then Came The Word Of The Lord To Isaiah, Saying,  5) Go, And Say To Hezekiah, Thus Saith The Lord, The God Of David thy Father, I Have Heard thy Prayer, I Have Seen thy Tears:  Behold, I Will Add Unto thy Days Fifteen Years.  6) And I Will Deliver thee And This City Out Of The Hand Of the king of Assyria:  And I Will Defend This City.  Isaiah 37:35.  7) And This Shall Be A Sign Unto thee From The Lord, That The Lord Will Do This Thing That He Hath Spoken;  8) Behold, I Will Bring Again The Shadow Of The Degrees, Which Is Gone Down In The Sun Dial Of Ahaz, Ten Degrees Backward.  So The Sun Returned Ten Degrees, By Which Degrees It Was Gone Down.  

Quest Study Bible – v1-5, “Why Did God Change His Mind?”  Some say that God Cannot Change His Mind Without Contradicting His Unchanging Nature.  They say that maybe God Intended all along to heal Hezekiah.  Withholding that news from Hezekiah, then, served to Stimulate the Intensity of his Prayer.  In this view, Hezekiah didn’t change God’s Mind.  But Prayer Helped Him Discover God’s Purpose so he could align his life and actions to It.  Others, however, have another view.  They agree that God Doesn’t Change His Mind The Way People Do.  But they suggest a Sovereign God Can Predetermine To Change His Course Of Action In Response To Our Prayers.  His Ultimate Purposes are Unchangeable, they say, But He Builds Options Into His Purposes From The Start.  They see flexibility in the outcome to accommodate the various responses of people.  In this view God Is Something Like A Traveler who plans a destination but allows freedom to change the route of make spontaneous side trips along the way.  God’s Methods, they say, aren’t necessarily set in concrete:  people’s actions can make a difference in the way God Works.  The Bible recounts other examples of times That God Seemed To Change His mind:  After Saying He Would Destroy Nineveh, He Didn’t Because They Repented (Jonah 3:10–4:2).  Earlier He Had Intended To Destroy The Israelites But Did Not When Moses Interceded For Them (Exodus 32:9-14).  On the other hand, God Did Not Seem To Respond To David’s Repentance (2 Samuel 12:13-23).  And He Told Jeremiah and Ezekiel That He Would Not Even Listen To Requests of Leniency For Judah (Jeremiah 7:16; 15:1; Ezekiel 14:12-14).  Also see article:  “Can our Prayers Cause God To Change His Mind?”  (Exodus 32;14).  

Quest Study Bible  – v6, “Wasn’t the Assyrian threat resolved in the last Chapter?”  Yes, it was.  That’s why many believe that the events in chs. 38-39 actually took place before those described in chs. 36-37.  One reason why the Chapters might have been arranged in this order is that the focus of the Book now shifts from Assyria to Babylon.  The words in those days (v. 1) might simply refer to the lifetime of Hezekiah.   v7-8, “How did the sun’s shadow go back?”   We can only guess what might have happened.  Some point out that untold physical consequences would have occurred if the sun went backward because of an actual reversal of the earth’s rotation.  They suggest the shadow moved perhaps as the result of some type of refraction or reflection of sunlight.  Yet, Nothing Is Outside God’s Power And There Are Many Instances In The Bible Where God Contradicts The Natural Laws He Established.  (The sun had gone down and The Lord Bought It Back Up and the sun (eventually) set a second time.  A Miracle).  v7-8, “Why was the Sign even necessary?”  Hezekiah asked for a Sign (v. 22; 2 Kings 20:8), perhaps because he felt he needed his Faith to be Strengthened.  After all, he had heard two opposite predictions (vv. 1, 5).  God Obliged the king’s request as a Pledge That He Would Perform What He Promised.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-8, When We Pray In Our Sickness, Though God Send Not To Us Such An Answer As He Here Sent To Hezekiah, Yet, If By His Spirit He Bids Us Be Of Good Cheer, Assures Us That Our Sins Are Forgiven, And That, Whether We Live Or Die, We Shall Be His, We Do not Pray In Vain.  See 2 Kings 20:1-11.  Amen. 

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