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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
Isaiah 37

 

 

Verses 1-38

Isaiah 37:15-20Hezekiah's Prayer (Outline) - A prayer of Deliverance (prayer against Sennacherib):

Isaiah 37:16 - Addressing YHWH by name (his name fit the situation)

Isaiah 37:17 - Requesting YHWH's attention

Isaiah 37:18-19 - Explaining the situation to YHWH

Isaiah 37:20 - Specific request of deliverance - for YHWH's namesake and His glory.

Isaiah 37:15 And Hezekiah prayed unto the LORD, saying,

Isaiah 37:16 O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth.

Isaiah 37:16Comments- Note how God's name fits the need. The need was for the true, living God of all the kingdoms to disprove the false assumption (see Isaiah 37:17) by Rabshakeh from Sennacherib ( Isaiah 36:18-20).

Isaiah 37:22 This is the word which the LORD hath spoken concerning him; The virgin, the daughter of Zion, hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.

Isaiah 37:22Comments- God speaking to Sennacherib in Isaiah 37:22.

Isaiah 37:24 By thy servants hast thou reproached the Lord, and hast said, By the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon; and I will cut down the tall cedars thereof, and the choice fir trees thereof: and I will enter into the height of his border, and the forest of his Carmel.

Isaiah 37:24 Comments- Isaiah 37:24 serves as an illustration of Psalm chapter 2.

Isaiah 37:29 Because thy rage against me, and thy tumult, is come up into mine ears, therefore will I put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest.

Isaiah 37:29 — "Because thy rage against me, and thy tumult, is come up into mine ears" - Comments - Although the Assyrian army had rampaged through many cities and nations, there were little or no prayers lifted up to God until Hezekiah earnestly prayed for divine intervention. All of the other nations prayed to their gods, who had no ears to hear and no power to save.

Isaiah 37:30 And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year such as groweth of itself; and the second year that which springeth of the same: and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruit thereof.

Isaiah 37:31 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward:

Isaiah 37:31"again" - Comments- Israel had previously sought after God

Isaiah 37:31 — "take root downward" - Comments- Like in the parable in Matthew 7:24-27, we must build our foundation on the rock, which is Jesus. Our faith must increase as we study God's word and learn to be established in His word, which is so very precious and wonderful.

Isaiah 37:31 — "and bear fruit upward" - Comments- Only the man who is grounded in God's word can bear fruit for the kingdom. The stronger the root system, the more the fruit.

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

Isaiah 37:35"and for my servant David"s sake" - Comments- Much of God's goodness to us is not because we deserve it, but because God is showing His goodness to our parents and grandparents.

Isaiah 37:36 Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.

Isaiah 37:36Comments- We, too, must trust the Lord with prayers like Hezekiah's in order to break down the enemy's strongholds in our lives, and to smite Satan from oppressing us.

 


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Bibliography Information
Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Isaiah 37:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/isaiah-37.html. 2013.

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Sunday, October 13th, 2019
the Week of Proper 23 / Ordinary 28
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