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)

Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Because you have prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria, this is the word that the LORD has spoken concerning him: "'She despises you, she scorns you-- the virgin daughter of Zion; she wags her head behind you-- the daughter of Jerusalem. "'Whom 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! By your servants you have mocked the Lord, and you have said, With my many chariots I have gone up the heights of the mountains, to the far recesses of Lebanon, to cut down its tallest cedars, its choicest cypresses, to come to its remotest height, its most fruitful forest. I dug wells and drank waters, to dry up with the sole of my foot all the streams of Egypt. "'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 make fortified cities crash into heaps of ruins, while their inhabitants, shorn of strength, are dismayed and confounded, and have become like plants of the field and like tender grass, like grass on the housetops, blighted before it is grown. "'I know your sitting down and your going out and coming in, and your raging against me. Because you have raged against me and your complacency has come to my ears, I will put my hook in your nose and my bit in your mouth, and I will turn you back on the way by which you came.' "And this shall be the sign for you: this year you shall eat what grows of itself, and in the second year what springs from that. Then in the third year sow and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat their fruit. And the surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward. For out of Jerusalem shall go a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this. "Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria: He shall not come into this city or shoot an arrow there or come before it with a shield or cast up a siege mound against it. By the way that he came, by the same he shall return, and he shall not come into this city, declares the LORD. For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake and for the sake of my servant David." And the angel of the LORD went out and struck down a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians. And when people arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies. Then Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and returned home and lived at Nineveh. And as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, Adrammelech and Sharezer, his sons, struck him down with the sword. And after they escaped into the land of Ararat, Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place.

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