Isaiah 37.21-29 – God’s Majesty
Posted: 25 January 2011 in Scripture

Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent unto Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Whereas thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria: This is the word which the LORD hath spoken concerning him; The virgin, the daughter of Zion, hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee. Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel. By thy servants hast thou reproached the Lord, and hast said, By the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon; and I will cut down the tall cedars thereof, and the choice fir trees thereof: and I will enter into the height of his border, and the forest of his Carmel. I have digged, and drunk water; and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of the besieged places. Hast thou not heard long ago, how I have done it; and of ancient times, that I have formed it? now have I brought it to pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste defenced cities into ruinous heaps. Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded: they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the housetops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up. But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy rage against me. Because thy rage against me, and thy tumult, is come up into mine ears, therefore will I put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest.

Although coming the lips of God himself, the above is basically a hymn to God’s sovereign majesty. The Assyrian king Sennacharib has been victorious in all his other campaigns, and now he intends to include Judah to his list of conquests. His pride and arrogance in not seeing God as the author of his successes is now going to lead to his downfall.

All the actions of men lie in the hands of God, and nothing can happen unless he ordains it. God has settled upon Judah as his chosen people, so Judah will ultimately triumph. And nobody can say unto God, “What doest thou?” The fear of the Lord is indeed the beginning of wisdom.

No comments

No Responses so far to  Isaiah 37.21-29 – God’s Majesty

Leave a Reply

Required fields are marked *

Comment

You may use these HTML tags: <a> <abbr> <acronym> <b> <blockquote> <cite> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong> <title>

*  

* 
(This will not be published)