Isaiah36

 

 

 

 

The Rabshakeh repeats the verb for “to trust” five times here [not to mention the noun for “trust” once] as he confronts the leaders of Jerusalem and ridicules any “trust” they may have in the Lord.

Isaiah doesn’t want us to miss the fact that trusting in the Lord is central to the issue here.  The inhabitants of Jerusalem were under an existential threat from the Assyrian Empire which had indeed wiped out every other nation that had stood in the way of their desire for conquest.  Why would Judah be any different?  Who was Judah’s God that he could withstand the forces of Assyria?

As we will soon see, Hezekiah trusts in the Lord his God and it is a trust that is well placed.  Unlike the ten tribes of Israel who had gone into exile after being conquered by Assyria in 722 BC (this was 701 BC), and unlike the kings who would follow Hezekiah and lead the people into unfaithfulness and do the opposite of trusting in God, Hezekiah trusts in the Lord, and Judah is miraculously saved.

Trusting in the Lord is a lesson that is easy to see here, but difficult to remember when we are under stress from whatever may confront us, be it illness, financial issues, family issues, or a government that is increasingly opposed to what we believe.  Hezekiah is a good example for us to follow.  We must just trust.

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