This week we are focusing on Isaiah 37:8-38. The following are some study suggestions to help you get started. Note: Isaiah 36-39 is paralleled in 2 Kings 18:13-20:19.
- Read through Isaiah 37:8-38.
- Meditate on and/or journal the answers to the following questions.
- What does this passage teach me about God and His character?
- How does this aspect of God’s character change my view of myself?
- What should I do in response?
Sennacherib sent out messengers a second time to King Hezekiah calling for him to surrender.
- What is the message? (vv. 8-13)
- How does Hezekiah respond to this second threat (vv. 14-20)? (Compare this to Isiah 37:1-4 from last week.)
- Observe Hezekiah’s prayer. What does he believe about God? What is his request, and why does he make it?
- How does God respond to Hezekiah’s prayer? (vv. 21-35)
- What do you learn about God?
- What does God say he will do? Why?
- What happened to Sennacherib and his army (vv. 36-38)?
- Do you live your life in such a way that God gets the glory? Why or why not? What does a God-glorifying life look like?
GOING DEEPER (optional): For further teaching and application, do one or more of the following:
- Read chapter 24, “That All the Kingdom of the Earth May Know (37:8-38)” in Isaiah: God Saves Sinners or listen to Ray Ortlund’s sermon series on line. (Most of the sermons correspond to the chapters in his book.)
- Listen to the sermon(s) from Pastor Liam Goligher’s sermon series on Isaiah that go along with this week’s reading.
“I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols.” ~ Isaiah 42:8 ~