37:1 And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of Yahweh. 37:2 And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests covered with sackcloth, unto Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz. 37:3 And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth. 37:4 It may be Yahweh thy Elohim will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living Elohim, and will reprove the words which Yahweh thy Elohim hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that is left. 37:5 So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah. 37:6 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say unto your master, Thus saith Yahweh, Be not afraid of the words that thou hast heard, wherewith the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. 37:7 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.
- “Rent … Sackcloth”: A reaction that symbolized Hezekiah’s grief, repentance and contrition. The nation was to repent and the king was to lead the way.
- It was the proper place to go to confess sins and seek forgiveness (Psalm 73:16-17).
- The 3 messengers had come back from meeting with the Assyrian with bad news.
- The Assyrians were threatening to take Judah.
- When Hezekiah hears this bad news, he immediately goes into mourning.
- He tears his regular clothes from himself, and puts on sackcloth, the garment of mourning.
- He went to the temple to pray to Yahweh.
- Hezekiah had great respect for the prophet of Yah, Isaiah.
- “Come to birth … not strength”:
- Hezekiah felt in his heart this was a judgment of Yah against the land of Judah.
- It appears that Hezekiah is saying that the words Rab-shakeh had spoken of Yahweh were blasphemy.
- The statement about the birth above, is saying they are in trouble and cannot get themselves out of it.
- Hezekiah says that the attack is against Yah's character, as well as against Yah's people.
- Thus saith Yahweh, Be not afraid of the words that thou hast heard, wherewith the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me."
Isa. Isaiah 37:7 "Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumor, and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land."• This “blast” means a spirit.
- Yahweh promised to incline Sennacherib’s attitude in such a way that he would leave Jerusalem unharmed and return home.
- This insulting remark he makes is not just to Hezekiah, but to Yah as well.
- It is a dangerous thing for anyone to boast against Yah.
- Hezekiah took the “letter” into the temple and “spread it before Yahweh” as an act of his utter dependence upon Yah.