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HOPE and HEALING 2: An Introduction - Isaiah 38

Isaiah 38: King Hezekiah


The blogs that I write often reflect where I am on my own journey - things I have learned, people I have met, places I have been.  Thus, it is no surprise to me that the HOPE & HEALING Series continues this week.  I have had friends and family members, strangers and neighbors, classmates and co-workers who have needed hope and who have needed healing and I suspect that you could say the same thing about those you know or even about yourself.  

So, BlogFam, I pray that you are encouraged through this series as we continue by reflecting on King Hezekiah. As usual, we will go verse by verse, sometimes phrase by phrase through the passage but today, I invite you to read Isaiah 38.  I have selected a few verses for our reading today but it is my intention to actually walk through the entire chapter over the next few days or weeks.  

Isaiah 38:1-6 NIV
In 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.”  

Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord , “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.  

Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah: “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. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city.

Blogfam, I pray that you are already encouraged because you know how King Hezekiah's illness started out with death in his view but by the end of these selected verses, we already know that God restored him plus added fifteen years to his life!  I believe that there is more to this passage than those two major points and we will prayerfully reflect on these verses and the remainder of the chapter.  I am praying for you BlogFam and I BELIEVE GOD is willing and able to give you the HOPE and the HEALING that you are praying for.


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Deontaye on Monday, April 22, 2013 12:26 PM
Thank you for covering Hope and Healing Delesslyn. I love this passage of Scripure. Hezekiah exhibits actions that we all need to adopt when we receive bad news, have life altering experiences, and find ourselves in a destitute states of being. In this text: Upon receiving the news from the prophet, Hezekiah turns his face to the wall and prayed. This is the first action we all need to adopt from Hezekiah. We have to learn to turn from that which going wrong in our lives and continue looking unto our sovereign God. We spend too much time focusing on our issues and not enough time on the One who has complete and total control over our issues. Secondly, we have to remember that man does not have the final say so in anything that we experience. We give to much power to people that do not deserve it. Remember that this message Hezekiah received came from the prophet Isaiah. Hezekiah did not allow role or title to hinder him from seeking the Lord himself concerning the matter. He turned from Isaiah to God and laid his life before Him in prayer. This text shows us that those things that happen in the natural realm are control by the spiritual realm. In the natural realm, Hezekiah received word from Isaiah that his illness was going to be the cause of his death. So he has an illness and a word from God saying he's going to die. However the prayer he prays alters the circumstances of what is happening in the natural realm. After he prayed and cried, God told Isaiah “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. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city. This reminds me that God is greater than any situation or circumstance that I will ever face. Donald Lawrence said it best, "you are not a natural being having a spiritual experience; but you are a spiritual being having a natural experience." God Bless- In your words,"remember God loves you and so do I."
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Delesslyn on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 5:03 PM
Greetings! Deontaye, THANK YOU for reading the blog! And I truly appreciate your comments about the text in our series. I hope you will keep reading and sharing and pass it along!!! God Loves You and I Do Too!
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