Sunday, April 1, 2018

Isaiah 38 & 39

Today's reading in our daily plan is Isaiah 38 & 39. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Chapter 38 takes place before God lays into Assyria in Chapter 36 and 37. Here we see Isaiah telling the king to get his affairs in order, as he is going to die from illness soon. 
  • King Hezekiah pleads with God to give him more time to live. 
  • God does grant the King's request and agrees to give him 15 more years. 
  • The King writes a poem praising God. 
  • In Chapter 39 we see the king do something pretty dumb. He receives some visitors from Babylon who arrive under the ruse of wanting to celebrate the King's recovery. The King shows them every treasure in the Kingdom. 
  • Isaiah must have thought this King did something pretty stupid also, as he lets the king know that God says "well the days are coming that everything in your palace will be carried off to Babylon, nothing will be left." King Hezekiah must have been kicking himself. 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God is a God of grace. He believes in second and third (and many, many more) chances, but it’s our job to make sure we are responsible with the opportunities God gives us (unlike the king).
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Has God given you an opportunity, maybe to share his love with a friend, or invite a coworker to church? Act on that: make that phone call, schedule that conversation. It’s always the right time to do the right thing.
Here's a helpful video from a great resource called BibleProject that reviews and summarizes the first 39 chapters of Isaiah: