e mërkurë, 2 prill 2008

Isaiah 37:5-9a

Passage: Isaiah 37:5-9a
Hezekiah Seeks Isaiah’s Help.
5 When the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah,
6 Isaiah said to them, "Say to your master, 'Thus says the LORD: Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the young men of the king of Assyria have reviled me.
7 Behold, I will put a spirit in him, so that he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land, and I will make him fall by the sword in his own land.'"
8 The Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria fighting against Libnah, for he had heard that the king had left Lachish.
9 Now the king heard concerning Tirhakah king of Cush, "He has set out to fight against you."

Journal: Isaiah seemed ready for the inquiry of the servants of King Hezekiah [perhaps even before the advice was requested], and God had given Isaiah a specific answer for their plight. What is this "spirit" to be placed in King Sennacherib of Assyria? It was an impulse planted by God that compelled King Sennacherib to action. Specifically, it was a rumor that the King of Ethiopia [Cush] was marching to war against Assyria, and that the aggression required an immediate Assyrian response. [Isaiah 9a -- "Now the king heard concerning Tirhakah king of Cush, "He has set out to fight against you."] Therefore, King Hezekiah and Judah had bought some time as King Sennacherib abandoned his siege on Jerusalem to defend his own homeland. The intercessory prayer of a King and of a prophet of God were greatly intertwined with the sovereign will of God as Jerusalem was spared for the time being.

Heard 'Round the House: Alex [age 12] has some Archie Bunker in him as he gets words a bit confused sometimes. This was on display the other day as the home school lesson had briefly turned to the discovery of electricity . . .
Alex: Are we through talking about Jim Franklin?
Ben could of had a brother [or at least a second cousin] named Jim. Perhaps he discovered static cling . . .