Chapter 36-37 Why study biblical history?
Sennacherib King of Assyria questions King Hezekiah (Isaiah 36:4) What confidence is this wherein thou trustest? Isaiah 36:5 whom doust thou trust? Upon studying about King Hezekiah from II Kings 18:1-3 King Hezekiah did that which was right in the sight of the Lord.
Sennacherib then asks King Hezekiah – Did you know the Lord sent me to come up against this land, and destroy it? Isaiah 36:10 Sennacherib continues to taunt King Hezekiah telling the people not to let him deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver you. And not to let King Hezekiah make you trust in the Lord (Isaiah 35: 14 and 15). After all no nations have been able to stand against the Assyrians.
By studying biblical history, we get a clear picture of how we as Christians should live today, by understanding the history of our past.
Trust and Repent
Psalm 25:2 let no mine enemies triumph once more
Nahum 1:7 The Lord is good – he knoweth them that trust in him
We are reminded once again, God never changes.
Numbers 23:19-20 King James Version (KJV)
19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
20 Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.
Hebrews 13:8 King James Version (KJV)
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
James 1:17 King James Version (KJV)
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
We know God uses his plans for our own good.
God told Sennacherib King of Assyria to go up and destroy Judah. We read and study on Day 10 (Study of the Book of Isaiah) God warns us and keeps his promises. God had warned his people of Judah and they needed to repent of their sins or they would indeed have to suffer for their choices.
2 Peter 3:9 King James Version (KJV)
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
King Hezekiah prays and trusts in the Lord. He remains faithful (Isaiah 37:14-20) as King for protection from the Assyrians. And we read in Isaiah 37:36-38: God continues to stand true to his promise and the camp of Assyrians was destroyed. God kept his promise to defend Judah for King David’s sake.
If you recall in your studies, God’s promise to King David:
2 Samuel 7:11 King James Version (KJV)
11 And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the Lord telleth thee that he will make thee an house.
My prayer for you today is to repent and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Psalm 32 King James Version (KJV)
32 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.
4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
5 I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
6 For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.
7 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about.
11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
Lean not unto your own understanding and continue to reach out in search of God’s holy Word.