Isaiah 38 Commentary

Isaiah 38 Commentary

Know what you are fighting. This is an important lesson from this chapter. Far too often we fight diseases or even death itself. And when we die, the world says we have lost the battle to cancer, or whatever disease we were fighting. It reflects the understanding of the world.

Hezekiah knew better. The battle must be won in prayer; on your knees in the War Room. Death is always a decision from the LORD. Sickness is simply a faith agent. Know where to take your battle.

Isaiah makes two trips to the palace. The first trip comes with the bad news of death for Hezekiah. The second trip announces Hezekiah’s recovery. In between these two trips is Hezekiah’s prayer. He battles in prayer. And his weapon? He has walked faithfully with wholehearted devotion and has done what is good in the eyes of the LORD. This is powerful!

Probably the LORD checks Hezekiah’s file and 15 more years are added to his life. That is all his righteousness can achieve! Behind these lines is a deeper frustration at what human righteousness can achieve. So little and so limited. You would appreciate the LORD’s special gift of righteousness through the Son. A similar prayer but with the righteousness of the LORD Jesus Christ, an individual can achieve eternity!

And those that have said this prayer no longer fear death. It’s not 15 years to their life but eternity!

Why not? They can join King Hezekiah in praising the LORD. But unlike Hezekiah’s praise, theirs is deeper. It comes from the knowledge that they will forever be with the LORD, as promised. He will never leave them nor forsake them.

Yes, Isaiah-cum-doctor prescribed some medication for the king. But we all know the ‘politics’ behind the scene. If only believers knew how to handle similar battles! We can worry and fear, but we always know where to turn.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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