“Read through Hezekiah’s song of praise carefully. The fragility of life comes out clearly. But this song also deals with redemption–the redemption that deals first of all with forgiveness. ‘Thou by th love hast brought me back from the pit of destruction; for thou hast cast all my sins behind thee.’ (38:17 NEB). Now Hezekiah can affirm life again–in the service of the Lord, living a life full of salvation!” (C. Vanderwaal, Search the Scriptures, Vol. 5, p. 36).
“The mercy of God would not be removed during Hezekiah’s lifetime. Thus the chapter closes on a note that reveals the goodness of God. Yet the enemy is on the horizon. The power of Mesopotamia, the representative of the worldwide kingdom of man, is growing stronger and stronger and at the appointed time will strike against the little kingdom of Judah. . . . What about the future fortunes of the people of God? What ultimate comfort can be given to ‘my people’? The answer to these questions is reserved for the chapters that follow.” (E. J. Young, The Book of Isaiah, Vol. 2, p. 539).
The next 101 Bible Study, meeting Friday, June 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Astoria area, focuses on Isaiah 40. You are invited! Call 971/238-6101 for location.