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August 12

Sermon: Real Power

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Scripture Lesson

Isaiah 36:13-15; 37:1-7, 36-38

Then the Rabshakeh stood and called out in a loud voice in the language of Judah, ‘Hear the words of the great king, the king of Assyria! Thus says the king: “Do not let Hezekiah deceive you, for he will not be able to deliver you. Do not let Hezekiah make you rely on the Lord by saying, The Lord will surely deliver us; this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.”

Hezekiah Consults Isaiah
When King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the Lord. And he sent Eliakim, who was in charge of the palace, and Shebna the secretary, and the senior priests, covered with sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz. They said to him, ‘Thus says Hezekiah, This day is a day of distress, of rebuke, and of disgrace; children have come to birth, and there is no strength to bring them forth. It may be that the Lord your God heard the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to mock the living God, and will rebuke the words that the Lord your God has heard; therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left.’ When the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah, Isaiah said to them, ‘Say to your master, “Thus says the Lord: Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have reviled me. I myself will put a spirit in him, so that he shall hear a rumour, and return to his own land; I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.” ’

Sennacherib’s Defeat and Death
Then the angel of the Lord set out and struck down one hundred and eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians; when morning dawned, they were all dead bodies. Then King Sennacherib of Assyria left, went home, and lived at Nineveh. As he was worshipping in the house of his god Nisroch, his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer killed him with the sword, and they escaped into the land of Ararat. His son Esar-haddon succeeded him.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Real Power
Isaiah 36:13-15; 37:1-7, 36-38

I. Introduction: Zits
II. Series: Isaiah’s Biography (740-701 BC)
III. The political situation (701 BC, Is. 36:1-14)
     A. Assyria has laid siege to Jerusalem (36:1)
     B. Rabshakeh makes a propaganda speech (36:14)
IV. Reponses (Is. 37:1-7)
     A. King Hezekiah’s responses
         1. Mourns (37:1)
         2. Sends emissaries to Isaiah (37:2)
     B. Isaiah’s responses
         1. “Do not be afraid” (37:6)
         2. God will respond (37:6-7)
V. God’s power (Is. 37:36-38)
     A. 185,000 struck down in one night (37:36-37)
     B. Herodotus (425 BC, Persian Wars, II, 141)
     C. Sennacherib murdered (681 BC, 37:38)
VI. Application
     A. We can lack faith in trials
     B. Our God is very powerful!
     C. God is using that power for us
     D. Trust God!
VII. Conclusion: Jackie Robinson (1919-72)

 

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