Isaiah 37:  God Saves His People – Historical Fact + Prophecy

For I will defend this city to save it for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake. Isaiah 37:35

Sennacherib’s Invasion: 36, 37.  When Sennacherib’s Assyrian army invades Judah and threatens Jerusalem, Hezekiah turns to God.  Isaiah brings God’s promise of deliverance; the king and his people are simply to trust.  God will act!  This is a recurrent theme in Isaiah’s earlier prophesies, as recorded in chapters 1-35.  Now this promise is put o the test, and God does act.  His people are delivered!  This historic event gave testimony to the reliability of Isaiah’s ministry and should have stimulated Judah to obedience.

37:6 The Lord commonly reassured His servants with the words:  Do not be afraid.  We have no reason to fear if our trust is in the all-powerful God.

6  And Isaiah said to them, “Thus shall you say to your master, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Do not be afraid of the words which you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me.

37:21 Because you have prayed to Me:  God’s gracious response was a direct answer to the prayer of a godly king.  Although God can certainly work His will without our prayers, He has chosen to faithfully answer the prayers of His people.

21  Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘Because you have prayed to Me against Sennacherib king of Assyria,

37:22 Daughter of Zion is an endearing term for the city of Jerusalem.  Just as the Lord called Israel His “son,” (Ex. 4:22), so He looked upon Jerusalem as His daughter.

22  this is the word which the Lord has spoken concerning him: “The virgin, the daughter of Zion, Has despised you, laughed you to scorn; The daughter of Jerusalem Has shaken her head behind your back!

37:30 Assyria had promised to feed the Judahans; but only God could guarantee that the people would eat.  The third year could have been as early as 13 to 15 months from that time; any part of a year was counted as a year.

30  “This shall be a sign to you: You shall eat this year such as grows of itself, And the second year what springs from the same; Also in the third year sow and reap, Plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them.





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