Daily reading

Today’s reading is: Isa. 37; 2 Kgs. 19; 2 Chr. 32:9-23


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Isaiah Chapter Thirty-Seven

  1. The pattern for national Divine blessing is here apparent.
    1. A humble, God-fearing king—represented by King Hezekiah.
      1. With a priority for prayer.
      2. With like-minded cabinet level leaders—represented by Eliakim, Shebna, & Joah.
    2. Bold and accurate Bible teaching—represented by the Prophet Isaiah.
      1. Isaiah ministered during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, & Hezekiah.
      2. Bold and accurate Bible teaching must continue regardless of temporal-life politics.
    3. Believers making their spiritual-life decisions correctly, and reaping temporal-life blessings as a consequence (Matt. 6:33).
  2. Hezekiah took the letter of Rabshakeh and laid it before the Lord in a beautiful expression of faith-rest (Isa. 37:14-20).
  3. The Angel of the Lord personally ended the Assyrian threat against Jerusalem (Isa. 37:36-38).

Second Kings Chapter Nineteen

  1. Hezekiah responded to the taunting of Rabshekah by humbling himself before the Lord.
    1. He engaged in a fervent prayer ministry within the temple grounds (vv.1,14-19).
    2. He sent a delegation to Isaiah the prophet (vv.2-4).
  2. Isaiah’s immediate answer to the delegation was a short-term prophecy (2nd Kgs. 19:5-7), immediately fulfilled (2nd Kgs. 19:8-13), and preparing the way for a long-term prophetic message (2nd Kgs. 19:20-28).
  3. The long-term prophetic message also contained visible signs for Judah’s encouragement (2nd Kgs. 19:29-31).
  4. Isaiah concludes his message with the promise of immediate deliverance (2nd Kgs. 19:32-37).
  5. This incident is also recorded in the text of Isaiah (Isa. 37:1-38) and the text of this entire chapter is virtually identical with that chapter in Isaiah.

Second Chronicles Chapter Thirty-Two

(Outline continues from yesterday)

  1. Sennacherib’s second invasion into Judah featured the taunting words of Rabshakeh (2nd Chr. 32:9-19; 2nd Kgs. 18:17-37; Isa. 36:1-22).
  2. Hezekiah & Isaiah laid their burdens on the Lord and rejoiced when the Lord provided the victory (2nd Chr. 32:20-22; 2nd Kgs. 19:1-37; Isa. 37:1-38).

(Chapter Thirty-Two continues tomorrow)