Hezekiah and Isaiah (14:25 – 49:6)
The book of Isaiah can be divided into two parts. The first part of the book (ch. 1 – 36) builds up towards the Assyrian invasion and the destruction of Sennacherib’s army. The second part of the book (ch. 40 – 66) focus on the times beyond the Assyrian invasion of Judah. The central chapters (36 – 39) describe how God miraculously crushed the Assyrian invasion and healed Hezekiah of his sickness.
The story of Hezekiah serves as the backdrop for the entire book of Isaiah. All of Isaiah’s words of rebuke and all of the precious words of comfort and hope that gave our nation the strength, not only to survive, but to persevere and to thrive, are hinged on the Hezekiah narrative.
I believe that a study of Isaiah 14:24 – 26 can help us understand the literary design of the book…
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