These notes accompany the sermon found here.
- How will Hezekiah move forward?
- How shall we move forward?
The People of God Respond to a Crisis.
- The people of God should be most concerned with the reputation of God.
- The people of God should move toward God in times of trouble.
- The people of God should band together in times of trouble.
- The people of God should pray in times of trouble.
The LORD Responds to His People
- The Lord acts on the behalf of his people according to His Word.
- The people of God continue to pour out their concerns to God.
- And God continues to answer His people by His Word.
- About Sennacherib: Jerusalem will now mock you. You have mocked the Lord. In your pride, you thought you had achieved all this on your own, but it was I the LORD who did it. It is what I planned long ago. I know everything including your rage against me. I brought you to this point, and I will turn you back. Isaiah 37:22-29.
- About Judah:I will give you a sign: Three years of peaceful recovery. I will accomplish this by my zeal. The king of Assyria will no longer be a threat because of my reputation and what I promised David. Isaiah 37:30-35; See 2 Samuel 7:14ff.
Epilogue: God Executes His Plans
- Notice that the “zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.” Isaiah 37:32. Hosts = Armies. The Rabshakeh once made a boast about the superiority of his army, Isaiah 36:8-9. How does that compare to a single individual from the Lord’s armies, Isaiah 37:36?
- Notice that the prayers of the people of God were part of his plan. Isaiah 37:21, “Because you have prayed…”
- Our God is the Lord of hosts, and He is still executing His plans.
- Prayer is still our primary means of appealing to God.
- Praying together as the people of God is the most powerful kind of prayer.
- God continues to speak through His Word.