Main Purpose Of Hezekiah

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Introduction & Main Theme

The historical interlude, Isaiah chapters 36-39, surrounds the military might of two parties: Hezekiah, king of Judah and the Assyria king Sennacherib. The Assyrian king sends his messengers to Hezekiah to frighten him to distance himself from God and to rely upon Assyria. Isaiah is called in to prophesize to Hezekiah. God gives him signs. Sennacherib ends up dying. Hezekiah also suffered from an illness, which he recovered in his health by God. Ironically, he shows his possessions to Babylon. Isaiah prophecies that Hezekiah’s country will be given to the Babylonians. The main theme is God’s power to save his people from their enemies. God can also save his king on behalf of King David.

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“What confidence is this wherein thou trustest?”. It seems that the Assyrian king’s message is twofold. He wanted Hezekiah to distance himself from the Pharaoh of Egypt. The messenger had promise 2,000 horses over the chariots of Egypt. Moreover, he wanted the king of Judah to distance himself from God. It did want him to depend on God for help.
Hezekiah receives Sennacherib message (36:22). Eliakim was sent to Isaiah (37:2-5). Hezekiah must have been nervous because he called the scribe, elders, and the prophet Isaiah.
Isaiah responses with comfort to the king. He tells him not to afraid of the words of King Sennacherib (37:6). God’s plan is to destroy Sennacherib.
Upon the messenger’s return, Sennacherib was in campaigns against other cities (37:8).
Hezekiah gets letter (37:14). Hezekiah goes into prayer to God (37:14-20). God gives His word to Isaiah for Hezekiah’s comfort. As a result, God gives him a sign (37:30-35). The sign includes the saving work of God for a remnant of Jerusalem. In verse 35, God says that he will defend this city for His sake and the sake of his servant David. In the end, Sennacherib dies from his assignation from his own sons (37:36-38).

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