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This week’s Reflection & Discussion Questions
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Isaiah calls on the nations to listen up and give him their attention. This prophecy is for them, not the people of God. As he talks about the coming judgement of the Assyrians, there is a double prophecy as he is also speaking of the Great Tribulation. Verse 4 talks about the sky rolling up like a scroll and the heavens rotting away. Jesus says of his second coming in Matthew 24:29: ““Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”
Take a moment and read Acts 2:20 and then turn to Revelation 6 and look at verses 13 & 14. Revelation shows us that just as the Lord unrolled the heavens in creation, in the end, he will roll the heavens back up. Christ’s return will cause an earthly environmental catastrophe like no one has ever seen before. While the book of Revelation and the book of Isaiah speak much of God’s coming judgement, we see that they are also books full of hope. Isaiah contains more prophecy of the coming Messiah than any other book in the Old Testament. Revelation ends in chapter 23 verse 21 saying: “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.”
God’s word ends with grace. As believers, we do not need to fear his coming wrath. Though we may face hardship, his love and grace are with us and we are saved. Do you look forward to the coming of Christ? And do you have a loved one who does not know the Lord yet? Write a prayer for their salvation below.
After God’s judgement in chapter 34, he promised rejoicing and restoration. God’s spirit would not only transform people but nature too. While God’s judgement would make people feel physically weak, he wanted them to have courage. Hebrews 12:12 quotes Isaiah 35:4 in the context of discipline. It says: “Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.” The hope of the coming restoration was to give them strength, in the midst of their fears.
Are you fearful or anxious about something today? Even followers of God grow weary and feel weak at times. The hardships of life mixed with the uncertainty of what the future holds, can lead to worry. If you are in that place right now – these words are for you: “Be strong; fear not!” With the help of God, you can withstand great pressure! Turn your worries and fears over to God now. Write a prayer below asking God to strengthen any areas in your life where you are feeling weak.
From Isaiah chapters 1 through 35, Isaiah was prophesying that the Assyrian invasion would come. Now in chapter 36 we get the historical narrative of the invasion just as he prophesied. As the battle begins, the bigger battle as to who they would trust begins to play out. Judah was tempted to trust in Egypt and then the king of Assyria tempted them with food and drink. Hezekiah was strong and continued to put his trust in God alone.
One main theme of the book of Isaiah is trusting in the Lord. This world and the enemy seek to lure us away from trusting in God, but our God is a promise keeper. Everything he says he will do; he will do. Is there something in your life that feels like a battle? What is the battle you are facing today? Name it and hand it over to God. Trust him. He loves you.
When King Hezekiah tore his clothes and covered himself with sackcloth, he was showing humility, repentance and a dependence on God. Isaiah encouraged Hezekiah to not be afraid and to trust in the Lord. But Sennacherib tried to persuade him not to trust God by questioning God’s ability. So, Hezekiah spread out his problem before the Lord and cried out to him for deliverance. Since this was a military battle, he cried out to God as the Lord of hosts – or the Lord of armies. God answered his prayers and destroyed the Assyrians in just one night.
Nothing is too hard for our God. It took just one angel to answer Hezekiah’s prayers. But it did take humility, repentance, and Hezekiah spreading out his problem before the Lord, to experience deliverance. When was the last time you went into the presence of God in a purposeful manner and laid out your problem before him? Often times we lay out our problems before friends and counselors instead of God. Take some time now, to get on your knees, and spread out your problem before the Lord. Imagine God on his throne as Hezekiah did and give God all of the details. The Lord of hosts, our living God, sees and hears you. Pray boldly today.
When Hezekiah learned that he would die soon, once again, he cried out to the Lord. God heard his prayer and gave him an extra 15 years of life. God even gave him a sign to reassure him. This was another act of mercy as God did not have to give him a sign.
We have no control over how many days our life will be. But what we do know is that God is always near to us and he hears our prayers. Had Hezekiah not prayed, he would have died. Prayer matters. I once heard a pastor say that in the end, all of our time wasted on social media will be evidence that indeed, we did have time to pray. What stands in the way of your prayer life? What change should you make in your daily life, so that you can devote more time to prayer?
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