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Isaiah

Date: May 30, 2021

Speaker: Sean Grossman

Series: Isaiah

Scripture: Isaiah 37:8–37:38

Tags: God, Humility, Pride, Assyria, Arrogance, Hezekiah

  • Bulletin 05.30.21
  • Isaiah 37:8-38
  • Walk Humbly
  • 8 The Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria fighting against Libnah, for he had heard that the king had left Lachish. 9 Now the king heard concerning Tirhakah king of Cush, “He has set out to fight against you.” And when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, 10 “Thus shall you speak to Hezekiah king of Judah: ‘Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you by promising that Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria. 11 Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, devoting them to destruction. And shall you be delivered? 12 Have the gods of the nations delivered them, the nations that my fathers destroyed, Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden who were in Telassar? 13 Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, the king of Hena, or the king of Ivvah?’”
    (Isaiah 37:8-13, ESV)
  • 14 Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD. 15 And Hezekiah prayed to the LORD: 16 “O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. 17 Incline your ear, O LORD, and hear; open your eyes, O LORD, and see; and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the living God. 18 Truly, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations and their lands, 19 and have cast their gods into the fire. For they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. Therefore they were destroyed. 20 So now, O LORD our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone are the LORD.”
    (Isaiah 37:14-20, ESV)
  • 21 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Because you have prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria, 22 this is the word that the LORD has spoken concerning him:
  • “‘She despises you, she scorns you—
  • the virgin daughter of Zion;
  • she wags her head behind you—
  • the daughter of Jerusalem.
  • 23 “‘Whom have you mocked and reviled?
  • Against whom have you raised your voice
  • and lifted your eyes to the heights?
  • Against the Holy One of Israel!
  • 24 By your servants you have mocked the Lord,
  • and you have said, With my many chariots
  • I have gone up the heights of the mountains,
  • to the far recesses of Lebanon,
  • to cut down its tallest cedars,
  • its choicest cypresses,
  • to come to its remotest height,
  • its most fruitful forest.
  • 25 I dug wells
  • and drank waters,
  • to dry up with the sole of my foot
  • all the streams of Egypt.
  • 26 “‘Have you not heard
  • that I determined it long ago?
  • I planned from days of old
  • what now I bring to pass,
  • that you should make fortified cities
  • crash into heaps of ruins,
  • 27 while their inhabitants, shorn of strength,
  • are dismayed and confounded,
  • and have become like plants of the field
  • and like tender grass,
  • like grass on the housetops,
  • blighted before it is grown.
  • 28 “‘I know your sitting down
  • and your going out and coming in,
  • and your raging against me.
  • 29 Because you have raged against me
  • and your complacency has come to my ears,
  • I will put my hook in your nose
  • and my bit in your mouth,
  • and I will turn you back on the way
  • by which you came.’

  • (Isaiah 37:21-29, ESV)
  • 30 “And this shall be the sign for you: this year you shall eat what grows of itself, and in the second year what springs from that. Then in the third year sow and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat their fruit. 31 And the surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward. 32 For out of Jerusalem shall go a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.that you alone are the LORD.”
    (Isaiah 37:30-32, ESV)
  • 33 “Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria: He shall not come into this city or shoot an arrow there or come before it with a shield or cast up a siege mound against it. 34 By the way that he came, by the same he shall return, and he shall not come into this city, declares the LORD. 35 For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake and for the sake of my servant David.”
    (Isaiah 37:33-34, ESV)
  • 36 And the angel of the LORD went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians. And when people arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies. 37 Then Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and returned home and lived at Nineveh. 38 And as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, Adrammelech and Sharezer, his sons, struck him down with the sword. And after they escaped into the land of Ararat, Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place.
    (Isaiah 37:36-38, ESV)
  • Main Point
  • These verses show the threat against Judah
  • Sennacherib tried to argue God could not save Hezekiah
  • God declared that Sennacherib would not overrun Jerusalem, but would himself be defeated
  • Application Points
  • Walk Humbly
  • We learn the response from Hezekiah
  • He saw them conquering
  • There is a reason for Hezekiah to take the threats seriously
  • Hezekiah understands something many today do not…there is no power greater than the God of the universe
  • It is knowing this God which allows Hezekiah to see the great blasphemy against God
  • It is not hat Hezekiah has been blasphemed…it is that Assyrians dare mock One greater
  • Application Points
  • Walk Humbly (2)
  • Hezekiah appeals to God because he desires to honor God
  • Is the majority of our prayers based specifically on our own desires alone?
  • Do we pray understanding the One we pray to is so much greater than all others?
  • Are we more concerned for ourselves than we are for the glory of God?
  • We are surrounded by people telling us to live our best life now, to speak our truth, to believe whatever we want to believe
  • Application Points
  • Walk Humbly (3)
  • We want answers, but we only accept the answers which fits our view
  • We want truth…but only if it fits our own narratives
  • It’s been said Sunday is the most pagan day of the week
  • Because people worship a god of their own making
  • Many are willing to redefine God to make Him appear just like themselves
  • We are often in danger of these very things
  • We are in danger of being incredibly self-focused…so that nothing matters other than me, myself, and I
  • Application Points
  • Walk Humbly (4)
  • The world knows this
  • It knows exactly what to say…to lead us into disobedience
  • It is no different than what Assyria is attempting to do
  • Assyria is nothing when compared to God
  • The world is much the same way
  • Will we stand on our own strength?
  • Or will we seek obedience?
  • Will we recognize His ways, His understanding, His wisdom, is greater than ours?
  • That He is the King of the world
  • Application Points
  • Walk Humbly (5)
  • This is the way we can be cured of our self-centeredness…by knowing God as He is
  • We will realize we have every reason to walk in humility before God
  • We have every reason to do so in light of who He is and who we are
  • It is incredibly hard to be humble because our sin nature wants us to be the kings and queens of Assyria
  • If we were only to open our eyes, we would realize the only way to attain such glory is through a humble heart
  • Then we could attain a greatness we could never attain on our own
  • Application Points
  • Walk Humbly (6)
  • Let us also remember to pray for our leaders
  • Leadership can itself be a temptation
  • It is dangerous to be in leadership positions because there is always potential for haughtiness and power
  • Keep leaders, then, in prayer
  • That they would not seek to displace God, but that they would seek to honor Him
  • That God would raise up such leaders for us to follow as they walk in humility
  • Application Points
  • Walk Humbly (7)
  • We will begin to see what Hezekiah and Isaiah saw
  • They saw God was active, moving, not surprised, powerful, revealed Himself, fought for His glory, fulfilled His promises, and gave purpose to events
  • My hope in all of this is that we would see that we can be easily misguided as Assyria
  • We must be on guard, diligent in our understanding, but also humble recognizing our own finiteness
  • If we don’t then we will be Assyria believing our god is a conqueror…only to realize our god will be conquered by the Living God
  • Application Points
  • The Gospel of Christ
  • Origins
  • Where we began
  • Fall
  • What went wrong
  • Redemption
  • How it is fixed
  • Glorification
  • Where it at leads