My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Isaiah 36

Hebrew mocks

When Hezekiah was king Sennacherib, the Assyrian King, destroyed all of Judah's towns and mocked Hezekiah in Jerusalem for trusting Egypt and God. But those recording this mockery told him to speak only in Aramaic, not Hebrew, so that the general populace wouldn't understand. But Sennacherib wanted everyone to hear, and he encouraged them to defect from Hezekiah and follow him. He told them that no other gods had helped the other nations. But the people remained silent.

Key verse:
20. Who of all the gods of these countries has been able to save his land from me? How then can the Lord deliver Jerusalem from my hand?"

My thoughts:
Wow... it's been so long since I've done narrative. It's bizarre! These passages are almost identical to ones in Kings.

Anyway, Sennacherib's seige of Jerusalem is historically verifiable on Assyria's side by the Taylor Prism.

Notice how Sennacherib thinks that God is angry with Hezekiah, because Hezekiah destroyed all his shrines and told everyone to worship at one altar. This shows that the people were trying to worship God (as opposed to other gods) on the high places etc, but that they just didn't understand that that wasn't God's way. The fact that God only had one place to be worshipped at this time was not exactly obvious.


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