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Friday, November 21, 2014

JEHOVAH Adds Eternity To Our Life In HIS SON JESUS





Isaiah 38:1-22 NIV








Hezekiah’s Illness



1In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said,


“This Is What The LORD Says: 

Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.






2Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to The LORD, 






3 Remember, LORD, how I have walked Before YOU faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in YOUR Eyes.”



And Hezekiah wept bitterly.


4Then The WORD of The LORD Came To Isaiah: 5“Go and tell Hezekiah,


‘This Is What The LORD, The GOD of your father David, Says:


I Have Heard your prayer and Seen your tears; I Will Add fifteen years to your life. 6 And I Will Deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I Will Defend this city.


7“ ‘This Is The LORD'S Sign to you that The LORD Will Do What HE Has Promised: 8I Will Make the shadow cast by the sun go back the ten steps it has gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.’ ” So the sunlight went back the ten steps it had gone down.



 


9A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and recovery:






10I said, “In the prime of my life
must I go through the gates of death
and be robbed of the rest of my years?”
11I said, “I will not again see The LORD HIMSELF
in the land of the living;
no longer will I look on my fellow man,
or be with those who now dwell in this world.
12Like a shepherd’s tent my house
has been pulled down and taken from me.
Like a weaver I have rolled up my life,
and HE Has Cut me Off from the loom;
day and night you made an end of me.
13I waited patiently till dawn,
but like a lion HE Broke all my bones;
day and night you made an end of me.
14I cried like a swift or thrush,
I moaned like a mourning dove.
My eyes grew weak as I looked to the heavens.
I am being threatened; Lord, Come to my aid!”
15But what can I say?
HE Has Spoken To me, and HE Himself Has Done This.
I will walk humbly all my years
because of this anguish of my soul.
16Lord, by such things people live;
and my spirit finds life in them too.
YOU Restored me to health
and Let me live.
17Surely it was for my benefit
that I suffered such anguish.
In YOUR Love YOU Kept me
from the pit of destruction;
YOU Have Put all my sins
behind YOUR Back.
18For the grave cannot praise YOU,
death cannot sing YOUR Praise;






those who go down to the pit
cannot hope for YOUR Faithfulness.
19The living, the living—they praise YOU,
as I am doing today;
parents tell their children
about YOUR Faithfulness.
20The LORD Will Save me,
and we will sing with stringed instruments
all the days of our lives
in The Temple of The LORD.


21Isaiah had said, “Prepare a poultice of figs and apply it to the boil, and he will recover.”


22Hezekiah had asked, “What will be the sign that I will go up to The Temple of The LORD?”














This chapter gives an account of Hezekiah's sickness, recovery, and thanksgiving on that account. His sickness, and the nature of it, and his preparation for it, as directed to by the prophet, Isaiah 38:1, his prayer to GOD upon it, Isaiah 38:2 the answer returned unto it, by which he is assured of living fifteen years more, and of the deliverance and protection of the city of Jerusalem from the Assyrians, Isaiah 38:4, the token of his recovery, the sun going back ten degrees on the dial of AhazIsaiah 38:7, a writing of Hezekiah's upon his recovery, in commemoration of it, Isaiah 38:9, in which he represents the deplorable condition he had been in, the terrible apprehensions he had of things, especially of the Wrath and Fury of The ALMIGHTY, and his sorrowful and mournful complaints, Isaiah 38:10, he observes his deliverance according to The WORD of GOD; expresses his faith in it; promises to retain a cheerful sense of it; owning that it was by the Promises of GOD that he had lived as other saints did; and ascribes his preservation from the grave to the love of GOD to him, of which the forgiveness of his sins was an evidence, Isaiah 38:15, the end of which salvation was, that he might praise The LORD, which he determined to do, on stringed instruments, Isaiah 38:18, and the chapter is closed with observing the means of curing him of his boil; and that it was at his request that the sign of his recovery was given him, Isaiah 38:21.




Ahaz Sundial



We read that GOD Performed a supernatural sign for King Hezekiah by Making the shadow on the sundial retreat. There are several possible ways How HE Could Have Done it and we cannot be sure which, if any, of the suggested ways were used.

Attempts to explain this scientifically or to relate it to some calendric adjustment - perhaps in conjunction with Joshua’s long day (
Joshua 10
) - have not carried full conviction with students of science or chronology. 

It is best to admit that we do not know the explanation but to accept the Testimony of the WORD of GOD to the fact a miracle took place and the fact is that GOD Did Grant Hezekiah this sign. 








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