FEEL FREE TO SKIP STRAIGHT TO THE PSALMS!!
We start with a flashback. It took me a minute of flipping around the Bible thinking I messed up because “we just read this”. It was trippy for a minute. So this will be a cool recap:
- The king of Assyria: Sennacherib attacked and deported the Northern tribes.
- The king of Judah: Hezekiah feared Assyria- and paid them tribute so they didn’t get attacked
- The Assyrian’s in a speech basically said “You might as well surrender, you can’t put your confidence in your God”
- Hezekiah goes to the Temple to pray to the Lord about the situation (about time someone did)
- Much is said about Jerusalem will be attacked BUT will be delivered
- Isaiah prophesies about Sennacherib’s fall
Why is this happening?
11 The king of Assyria deported Israel to Assyria and settled them in Halah, in Gozan on the Habor River and in towns of the Medes. 12 This happened because they had not obeyed the Lord their God, but had violated his covenant—all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded. They neither listened to the commands nor carried them out.
Basically, the Lord is saying “I brought you into this land…I can take you out of this land!”
In chapter 39 why does is say:
34 I will defend this city and save it,
for my sake and for the sake of David my servant.’”
Why does it say for the sake of David? (put in comments)
Also, underline this in your Bible:
:30 Once more a remnant of the kingdom of Judah
will take root below and bear fruit above.
31 For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant,
and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors.
- Assyria will attack Israel. They will be no more.
- Babylon will attack Judah. But a remnant will survive and return. WHY?
(It is related to the above question. If you are not sure take a guess. If you need a hint let me know). This is good stuff!
Psalms!!!! Oh I need a Psalm!!
When I read “familiar” Scriptures in context, it always freaks me out! (In a good way) When we read “Be Still” it is not when you are at a “thinking point” it is when you are under attack from Assyria and you run to the Temple to put it before the Lord. You can’t hear him if you are not still! ( trust me, I try it all the time)
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
It makes sense. What do you do in time of trouble?? Call out to the Lord!