Prediction of Isaiah

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Prediction

Responding to Hezekiah’s prayer, the Lord sent a message to the King through Isaiah. This message is given in three parts as we see recorded in the last half of this chapter.

1. The Assyrians would be driven back (vv 21-29). The tables would be turned, and Zion would mock Assyria (v. 22). The Assyrians had exalted themselves above men and gods, but they could not exalt themselves above Jehovah God, the bold one of Israel.  Sennacherib boasted about his military strength and his great conquests. However, he forgot that he was only God’s tool for accomplishing His purposes in the earth. The successes had only come because the Lord allowed them to happen.

2. God assured Hezekiah that a remnant would remain (vv 30-32). He told them that they would not starve ( v. 30) even though they would need to renovate the land after all the damage the Assyrians had done. However, before the people could get the land back into productivity, they would have to eat the things which grew of itself from previous crops; and that would take faith. “But in the third year” (v. 30), which is the normal time it takes for a vineyard to begin producing grapes, there would be a bountiful harvest.

3. God assured Hezekiah that Sennacherib would not set foot inside Jerusalem (vv 33-38). In the last three verses, the overnight slaughter of the Assyrian army is recorded. It took only one of God’s angels to destroy 185,000 Assyrian soldiers overnight. Of course, Isaiah had prophesied this destruction.

Application

What Jerusalem could not possibly do for itself, God did for them. God is prepared to do the impossible for me but I must trust Him enough to ask.

Isaiah 37:21-38 (English Standard Version)


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