Isaiah’s account of King Hezekiah serves as a bridge between the first half of the book and the second. As Isaiah begins, Assyria poses the greatest threat to God’s people. This threat reaches its climax in the historical narrative of King Hezekiah. The interlude then shifts the focus of the book to the threat of Babylon, ultimately predicting Babylonian exile as the God-ordained consequence for Israel’s sin. We can learn a great deal from righteous King Hezekiah. Though Hezekiah faces intense personal and political crises, he consistently places his trust in Almighty God, and God proves Himself trustworthy.
“Behold, it was for my welfare that I had great bitterness; but in love you have delivered my life from the pit of destruction, for you have cast all my sins behind your back.” (Isaiah 38:17, ESV)
How did you see the book of Isaiah differently this past Christmas season?