Today’s Readings: 2 Kings 20:1-22:2, Acts 21:18-36 Psalm 150:1-6, Proverbs 18:9-10
Isaiah was a prophet in Judah in the days of King Hezekiah. The king had become sick and Isaiah received a message from God that Hezekiah would die soon. The king was upset and pleaded with God to extend his life. Then 2 Kings 20:4 tells us…
4 But before Isaiah had left the middle courtyard, this message came to him from the Lord:
The passage does not tell us how Isaiah knew this was a message from the Lord. The only proof is that it came true. The message included two timelines (three days to get out of bed, fifteen more years of life) and some instructions about treating the king’s boil with an ointment from figs. Was this ointment medicinal or was it more like Namaan washing in the Jordan River in 2 Kings 5 – a symbolic act to demonstrate humility and obedience to God? We don’t know.
We do know that Isaiah spoke these words to the king and commissioned others to take actions to help the king recover. How does this apply today? Is God still giving messages to His people to bring healing and length of life? I hope so.
Recently I have been impressed to speak to a couple of friends about very personal issues, so I will not tell the stories, but I am planning to speak the words and take the actions that have been impressed on me. Have I received a message from the Lord? How does God speak to His people today?