10/27/22

Good morning!
Text:  Ezekiel 12-15; Isaiah 38
In Isaiah 38 we find some great encouragement.  Hezekiah, the King of Judah, is taken deathly ill.  Isaiah the prophet tells him that the Lord says, “…you shall die, you shall not recover.” (38:1).  The king then prays, weeping bitterly.  The Lord responds: “I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will add fifteen years to your life…” And then:

“This shall be the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing that he has promised:  Behold, I will make the shadow cast by the declining sun on the dial of Ahaz turn back ten steps.” So the sun turned back on the dial the ten steps by which it had declined. (Isaiah 38:7-8)

Not only is the Lord merciful in that He adds years to the king’s life, but He shows Himself powerful with a miracle.  The only way the passage of the sun’s shadow reverses itself is because time and space have been interrupted.  God is a God of miracles.  The challenge here is to our contemporary sensibilities.  Did this really happen?  Do I believe in a God of both mercy and miracles?  I had better.  Jesus’ death for my sins was the greatest mercy.  And Jesus rose from the dead – a miracle – and my destiny hangs on whether I believe!
in Him, Mike