God adds 15 years to Hezekiah’s life

Isaiah Hezekiah

Wednesday 05/18/22 

Series: Thru the Bible

Message: God adds 15 years to Hezekiah’s life

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God adds 15 years to Hezekiah’s life

Isaiah 34:1-17, 

“(1) Come near, you nations, and listen! Pay attention, you people! The earth and everything it contains must listen, the world and everything that lives in it. (2) For the LORD is angry at all the nations and furious with all their armies. 

He will annihilate them and slaughter them. (3) Their slain will be left unburied, their corpses will stink; the hills will soak up their blood.  

(4) All the stars in the sky will fade away, the sky will roll up like a scroll; all its stars will wither, like a leaf withers and falls from a vine or a fig withers and falls from a tree.  

(5) He says, “Indeed, My sword has slaughtered heavenly powers. Look, it now descends on Edom, on the people I will annihilate in judgment.”  

(6) The LORD’s sword is dripping with blood, it is covered with fat; it drips with the blood of young rams and goats and is covered with the fat of rams’ kidneys. For the LORD is holding a sacrifice in Bozrah, a bloody slaughter in the land of Edom.  

(7) Wild oxen will be slaughtered along with them, as well as strong bulls. Their land is drenched with blood, their soil is covered with fat.  

(8) For the LORD has planned a day of revenge, a time when He will repay Edom for her hostility toward Zion.  

(9) Edom’s streams will be turned into pitch and her soil into brimstone; her land will become burning pitch.  (10)  Night and day it will burn; its smoke will ascend continually. Generation after generation it will be a wasteland and no one will ever pass through it again.  

(11) Owls and wild animals will live there, all kinds of wild birds will settle in it. The LORD will stretch out over her the measuring line of ruin and the plumb line of destruction.  

(12) Her nobles will have nothing left to call a kingdom and all her officials will disappear. (13) Her fortresses will be overgrown with thorns; thickets and weeds will grow in her fortified cities. Jackals will settle there; ostriches will live there.  

(14) Wild animals and wild dogs will congregate there; wild goats will bleat to one another. Yes, nocturnal animals will rest there and make for themselves a nest. (15) Owls will make nests and lay eggs there; they will hatch them and protect them. Yes, hawks will gather there, each with its mate.  

(16) Carefully read the scroll of the LORD! Not one of these creatures will be missing, none will lack a mate. For the LORD has issued the decree, and His Own Spirit gathers them. (17) He assigns them their allotment; He measures out their assigned place. They will live there permanently; they will settle in it through successive generations.”

Edom was located in the area noW called Jordan, it is a stretch of land between the dead sea and the Gulf of Aqaba. The destruction of Edom was prophesied about by Obadiah, Jeremiah,  Amos, Ezekiel, Malachi as well as here in Isaiah. All predict destruction of people and land. 

During the time of the Roman Empire, King Herod the Great is recorded in Luke 1:5 as an Edomite.

During the life of Paul they fought side by side with the Jews the rebellion against Rome in 66-70 A.D. Rome destroyed Edom and they have never been heard of as a people again making the predictions mentioned in Obadiah 1:10 & 18 true, however some of the predictions appear to be for a future time.

Isaiah 35:1-10, 

A clear reference to the time of Messiah and all who come to Him in faith

“(1) Let the wilderness and desert be happy; let the arid rift valley rejoice and bloom like a lily! (2) Let it richly bloom; let it rejoice and shout with delight! 

It is given the grandeur of Lebanon, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon. They will see the grandeur of the LORD, the splendor of our God.  

(3) Strengthen the hands that have gone limp, steady the knees that shake!  (4) Tell those who panic, “Be strong! Do not fear! Look, your God comes to avenge! With divine retribution He comes to deliver you.”  

(5) Then blind eyes will open, deaf ears will hear. (6) Then the lame will leap like a deer, the mute tongue will shout for joy; for water will burst forth in the wilderness, streams in the arid rift valley.  

(7) The dry soil will become a pool of water, the parched ground springs of water. 

Where jackals once lived and sprawled out, grass, reeds, and papyrus will grow.  

(8) A thoroughfare will be there – it will be called the Way of Holiness

The unclean will not travel on it; it is reserved for those authorized to use it – fools will not stray into it.  

(9) No lions will be there, no ferocious wild animals will be on it – they will not be found there. 

Those delivered from bondage will travel on it, (10) those whom the LORD has ransomed will return that way. They will enter Zion with a happy shout. Unending joy will crown them, happiness and joy will overwhelm them; grief and suffering will disappear.”

Isaiah 36:1-22, 

“(1) In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah’s reign, King Sennacherib of Assyria marched up against all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them.  

(2) The king of Assyria sent his chief adviser from Lachish to King Hezekiah in Jerusalem, along with a large army. 

The chief adviser stood at the conduit of the upper pool which is located on the road to the field where they wash and dry cloth.  

(3) Eliakim son of Hilkiah, the palace supervisor, accompanied by Shebna the scribe and Joah son of Asaph, the secretary, went out to meet him.  

(4) The chief adviser said to them, “Tell Hezekiah: ‘This is what the great king, the king of Assyria, says: 

“What is your source of confidence?  (5)  Your claim to have a strategy and military strength is just empty talk. In whom are you trusting, that you would dare to rebel against me?  

(6) Look, you must be trusting in Egypt, that splintered reed staff. If someone leans on it for support, it punctures his hand and wounds him. That is what Pharaoh king of Egypt does to all who trust in him!  

(7) Perhaps you will tell me, ‘We are trusting in the LORD our God.’ But Hezekiah is the one who eliminated his high places and altars and then told the people of Judah and Jerusalem, ‘You must worship at this altar.’  

(8) Now make a deal with my master the king of Assyria, and I will give you two thousand horses, provided you can find enough riders for them.  (9) Certainly you will not refuse one of my master’s minor officials and trust in Egypt for chariots and horsemen.  

(10) Furthermore it was by the command of the LORD that I marched up against this land to destroy it. The LORD told me, ‘March up against this land and destroy it!’”’”  

(11) Eliakim, Shebna, and Joah said to the chief adviser, “Speak to your servants in Aramaic, for we understand it. Don’t speak with us in the Judahite dialect in the hearing of the people who are on the wall.”  

(12) But the chief adviser said, “My master did not send me to speak these words only to your master and to you. His message is also for the men who sit on the wall, for they will eat their own excrement and drink their own urine along with you!”  

(13) The chief adviser then stood there and called out loudly in the Judahite dialect, “Listen to the message of the great king, the king of Assyria. (14) This is what the king says: 

‘Don’t let Hezekiah mislead you, for he is not able to rescue you! (15) Don’t let Hezekiah talk you into trusting in the LORD by saying, “The LORD will certainly rescue us; this city will not be handed over to the king of Assyria.” (16) Don’t listen to Hezekiah!’ 

For this is what the king of Assyria says, ‘Send me a token of your submission and surrender to me. Then each of you may eat from his own vine and fig tree and drink water from his own cistern,  (17)  until I come and take you to a land just like your own – a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards.  

(18) Hezekiah is misleading you when he says, “The LORD will rescue us.” Has any of the gods of the nations rescued his land from the power of the king of Assyria?  

(19) Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad

Where are the gods of Sepharvaim

Indeed, did any gods rescue Samaria from my power?  

(20) Who among all the gods of these lands have rescued their lands from my power? 

So how can the LORD rescue Jerusalem from my power?’”  

(21) They were silent and did not respond, for the king had ordered, “Don’t respond to him.” (22) Eliakim son of Hilkiah, the palace supervisor, accompanied by Shebna the scribe and Joah son of Asaph, the secretary, went to Hezekiah with their clothes torn and reported to him what the chief adviser had said.”

Isaiah 37:1-38,

“(1) When King Hezekiah heard this, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth, and went to the LORD’s temple.  

(2) Eliakim the palace supervisor, Shebna the scribe, and the leading priests, clothed in sackcloth, sent this message to the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz

(3) “This is what Hezekiah says: ‘This is a day of distress, insults, and humiliation, as when a baby is ready to leave the birth canal, but the mother lacks the strength to push it through.  

(4) Perhaps the LORD your God will hear all these things the chief adviser has spoken on behalf of his master, the king of Assyria, who sent him to taunt the living God. When the LORD your God hears, perhaps He will punish him for the things he has said. 

So pray for this remnant that remains.’”  

(5) When King Hezekiah’s servants came to Isaiah, (6) Isaiah said to them, 

“Tell your master this: ‘This is what the LORD has said: “Don’t be afraid because of the things you have heard – these insults the king of Assyria’s servants have hurled against Me. (7) Look, I will take control of his mind; he will receive a report and return to his own land. I will cut him down with a sword in his own land.”’”  

(8) When the chief adviser heard the king of Assyria had departed from Lachish, he left and went to Libnah, where the king was campaigning.  

(9) The king heard that King Tirhakah of Ethiopia was marching out to fight him. He again sent messengers to Hezekiah, ordering them: (10) “Tell King Hezekiah of Judah this: ‘Don’t let your God in Whom you trust mislead you when He says, “Jerusalem will not be handed over to the king of Assyria.”  

(11) Certainly you have heard how the kings of Assyria have annihilated all lands. Do you really think you will be rescued?  

(12) Were the nations whom my predecessors destroyed – the nations of Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden in Telassar – rescued by their gods?  

(13) Where are the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, and the kings of Lair, Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivvah?’”  

(14) Hezekiah took the letter from the messengers and read it. Then Hezekiah went up to the LORD’s temple and spread it out before the LORD. (15) Hezekiah prayed before the LORD:  

(16) “O LORD of Heaven’s Armies, O God of Israel, Who is enthroned on the cherubim! You alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You made the sky and the earth. (17) Pay attention, LORD, and hear! Open your eyes, LORD, and observe! Listen to this entire message Sennacherib sent and how he taunts the living God!  

(18) It is true, LORD, that the kings of Assyria have destroyed all the nations and their lands. (19) They have burned the gods of the nations, for they are not really gods, but only the product of human hands manufactured from wood and stone. That is why the Assyrians could destroy them.  

(20) Now, O LORD our God, rescue us from his power, so all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone are the LORD.”  

(21) Isaiah son of Amoz sent this message to Hezekiah

“This is what the LORD God of Israel has said: ‘As to what you have prayed to Me concerning King Sennacherib of Assyria, (22) this is what the LORD says about him: 

“The virgin daughter Zion despises you – she makes fun of you; daughter Jerusalem shakes her head after you. (23) Whom have you taunted and hurled insults at? At whom have you shouted and looked so arrogantly? At the Holy One of Israel!  

(24) Through your messengers you taunted the Lord, ‘With my many chariots I climbed up the high mountains, the slopes of Lebanon. I cut down its tall cedars and its best evergreens. I invaded its most remote regions, its thickest woods. (25) I dug wells and drank water. With the soles of my feet I dried up all the rivers of Egypt.’  

(26) Certainly you must have heard! Long ago I worked it out, in ancient times I planned it, and now I am bringing it to pass. The plan is this: Fortified cities will crash into heaps of ruins. (27) Their residents are powerless; they are terrified and ashamed. They are as short-lived as plants in the field or green vegetation. They are as short-lived as grass on the rooftops when it is scorched by the east wind.  

(28) I know where you live and everything you do and how you rage against Me. (29) Because you rage against Me and the uproar you create has reached My ears, I will put My hook in your nose, and my bridle between your lips, and I will lead you back the way you came.”  

(30) “This will be your reminder that I have spoken the truth: This year you will eat what grows wild, and next year what grows on its own. But the year after that you will plant seed and harvest crops; you will plant vines and consume their produce. (31) Those who remain in Judah will take root in the ground and bear fruit.  

(32) “For a remnant will leave Jerusalem; survivors will come out of Mount Zion. The zeal of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies will accomplish this.  

(33) So this is what the LORD says about the king of Assyria

‘He will not enter this city, nor will he shoot an arrow here. He will not attack it with his shielded warriors, nor will he build siege works against it.  (34)  He will go back the way he came – he will not enter this city,’ says the LORD.  

(35) I will shield this city and rescue it for the sake of My reputation and because of My promise to David My servant.”’”  

(36) The LORD’s angel went out and killed 185,000 troops in the Assyrian camp. When they got up early the next morning, there were all the corpses!  (37) So King Sennacherib of Assyria broke camp and went on his way. He went home and stayed in Nineveh.  (38)  One day, as he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisroch, his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword. They ran away to the land of Ararat; his son Esarhaddon replaced him as king.”

Isaiah 38:1-22, 

“(1) In those days Hezekiah was stricken with a terminal illness. 

The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz visited him and told him, 

“This is what the LORD says, ‘Give instructions to your household, for you are about to die; you will not get well.’”  

(2) Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD,  

(3) “Please, LORD. Remember how I have served you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion, and how I have carried out your will.” 

Then Hezekiah wept bitterly.  

(4) The LORD’s message came to Isaiah, (5)  “Go and tell Hezekiah: ‘This is what the LORD God of your ancestor David says: “I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Look, I will add fifteen years to your life, (6)  and rescue you and this city from the king of Assyria. I will shield this city.”’”  

(7) Isaiah replied, “This is your sign from the LORD confirming that the LORD will do what He has said: (8) Look, I will make the shadow go back ten steps on the stairs of Ahaz.” And then the shadow went back ten steps.  

(9) This is the prayer of King Hezekiah of Judah when he was sick and then recovered from his illness:  

(10) “I thought, ‘In the middle of my life I must walk through the gates of Sheol, I am deprived of the rest of my years.’ (11) “I thought, ‘I will no longer see the LORD in the land of the living, I will no longer look on humankind with the inhabitants of the world. (12) My dwelling place is removed and taken away from me like a shepherd’s tent. I rolled up my life like a weaver rolls cloth; from the loom He cuts me off. You turn day into night and end my life. (13) I cry out until morning; like a lion He shatters all my bones; You turn day into night and end my life. (14) Like a swallow or a thrush I chirp, I coo like a dove; my eyes grow tired from looking up to the sky. O Lord, I am oppressed; help me! (15) What can I say? He has decreed and acted. I will walk slowly all my years because I am overcome with grief. (16) O Lord, Your decrees can give men life; may years of life be restored to me. Restore my health and preserve my life.’ (17) “Look, the grief I experienced was for my benefit. You delivered me from the Pit of oblivion. For you removed all my sins from Your sight. (18) Indeed Sheol does not give You thanks; death does not praise You. Those who descend into the Pit do not anticipate Your faithfulness. (19) The living person, the living person, He gives you thanks, as I do today. A father tells his sons about Your faithfulness. (20) The LORD is about to deliver me, and we will celebrate with music for the rest of our lives in the LORD’s temple.”  

(21) Isaiah ordered, “Let them take a fig cake and apply it to the ulcerated sore and he will get well.” (22) Hezekiah said, “What is the confirming sign that I will go up to the LORD’s temple?”

Isaiah 39:1-8, 

“(1) At that time Merodach-Baladan son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a gift to Hezekiah, for he heard that Hezekiah had been ill and had recovered.  

(2) Hezekiah welcomed them and showed them his storehouse with its silver, gold, spices, and high-quality olive oil, as well as his whole armory and everything in his treasuries. 

Hezekiah showed them everything in his palace and in his whole kingdom.  

(3) Isaiah the prophet visited King Hezekiah and asked him, “What did these men say? Where do they come from?” 

Hezekiah replied, “They come from the distant land of Babylon.”  

(4) Isaiah asked, “What have they seen in your palace?” 

Hezekiah replied, “They have seen everything in my palace. I showed them everything in my treasuries.”  

(5) Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Listen to the message of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies: (6) ‘Look, a time is coming when everything in your palace and the things your ancestors have accumulated to this day will be carried away to Babylon; nothing will be left,’ says the LORD. (7) ‘Some of your very own descendants whom you father will be taken away and will be made eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.’”  

(8) Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The LORD’s message which you have announced is appropriate.” Then he thought, “For there will be peace and stability during my lifetime.”

Blessings!

Hi my name is Mark and though I am opposed to titles, I am currently the only Pastor (shepherd/elder) serving our assembly right now.

I have been Pastoring in one capacity or another for nearly 30 years now, though never quite like I am today.

Early in 2009 the Lord revealed to me that the way we had structured our assembly (church) was not scriptural in that it was out of sync with what Paul modeled for us in the New Testament. In truth, I (like many pastors I am sure) never even gave this fundamental issue of church structure the first thought. I had always assumed that church structure was largely the same everywhere and had been so from the beginning. While I knew Paul had some very stringent things to say about the local assembly of believers, the point of our gatherings together and who may or may not lead, I never even considered studying these issues but assumed we were all pretty much doing it right...safety in numbers right?! Boy, I couldn't have been more wrong!

So needless to say, my discovery that we had been doing it wrong for nearly two decades was a bit of a shock to me! Now, this "revelation" that did not come about all at once but over the course of a few weeks. We were a traditional single pastor led congregation. It was a top-bottom model of ministry which is in part biblical, but not in the form of a monarchy.

The needed change did not come into focus until following 9 very intense months of study and discussions with those who were leaders in our church at the time.

We now understand and believe that the Bible teaches co-leadership with equal authority in each local assembly. Having multiple shepherds with God's heart and equal authority protects both Shepherds and sheep. Equal accountability keep authority and doctrine in check. Multiple shepherds also provides teaching with various styles and giftings with leadership skills which are both different and complementary.

For a while we had two co-pastors (elders) (myself and one other man) who led the church with equal authority, but different giftings. We both taught in our own ways and styles, and our leadership skills were quite different, but complimentary. We were in complete submission to each other and worked side-by-side in the labor of shepherding the flock.

Our other Pastor has since moved on to other ministry which has left us with just myself. While we currently only have one Pastor/Elder, it is our desire that God, in His faithfulness and timing, may bring us more as we grow in maturity and even in numbers.

As to my home, I have been married since 1995 to my wonderful wife Terissa Woodson who is my closest friend and most trusted ally.

As far as my education goes, I grew up in a Christian home, but questioned everything I was ever taught.

I graduated from Bible college in 1990 and continued to question everything I was ever taught (I do not mention my college in order to avoid being labeled).

Perhaps my greatest preparation for ministry has been life and ministry itself. To quote an author I have come to enjoy namely Fredrick Buechner in his writing entitled, Now and Then, "If God speaks to us at all other than through such official channels as the Bible and the church, then I think that He speaks to us largely through what happens to us...if we keep our hearts open as well as our ears, if we listen with patience and hope, if we remember at all deeply and honestly, then I think we come to recognize beyond all doubt, that, however faintly we may hear Him, He is indeed speaking to us, and that, however little we may understand of it, His word to each of us is both recoverable and precious beyond telling." ~ Fredrick Buechner

Well that is about all there is of interest to tell you about me.

I hope our ministry here is a blessing to you and your family. I also hope that it is only a supplement to a local church where you are committed to other believers in a community of grace.

~God Bless!