Do You Take Your Burdens To The Lord? Isa. 37:10-12,14-20,33-37 April 09, 2006
When I ministered in Parkersburg, West Virginia several people joined the church after seeking to find a church in other denominations. These people would tell us our church was the best church in town, but these same people tried to change the church to have fewer practices that were biblical, and traditional practices for Baptist. I received unsigned critical notes. It was a troublesome time for me personally, but it improved my devotional and prayer time. Like Hezekiah in our text, I had no where to turn but to the Lord. His experience helped me greatly. I discovered Hezekiah took his note to the Lord, and spread it out in the temple. I took my note to the church auditorium, got down on my knees and poured out my heart unto the Lord. It was a great experience as I took my burden to the Lord. Do You Take Your Burdens To The Lord?
1. Take Your Burden To The Lord . . Bleak As They Seem. Isa. 37:10-12
A. Bleakness In The . . Communication. 37:10
10 ASay this to Hezekiah king of Judah: >Don=t let your God, whom you trust, deceive you by
saying that Jerusalem won=t be handed over to the king of Assyria.
B. Bleakness In The . . Crowing. 37:11
11 Look, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all the countries; they destroyed them
completely. Will you be rescued?
C. Bleakness In The . . Comparisons. 37:12
12 Did the gods of the nations that my predecessors destroyed rescue themCGozan, Haran,
Rezeph, and the Edenites in Telassar?
From time to time we receive rather bleak news. The communication comes, and it is possible someone may even crow about it. Some people seem to enjoy making disturbing pronouncements. King Hezekiah got such a communication, and crowing about it from King Sennacherib. He even wanted to compare the so-called gods of the world with the God of Hezekiah.
2. Take Your Burden To The Lord . . Believing In His Power. Isa. 37:14-20
A. Believing In His Power To . . Act In Behalf of His People..
14 Hezekiah took the letter from the messengers, read it, then went up to the Lord=s house and spread it
out before the Lord. 15 Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: 16 ALord of Hosts, God of Israel, who is enthroned
above the cherubim, You are GodCYou aloneCof all the kingdoms of the earth. You made the heavens
and the earth. 17 Listen closely, Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, Lord, and see; hear all the words that
Sennacherib has sent to mock the living God.
B. Believing In His Power To . . Accommodate His People.
18 Lord, it is true that the kings of Assyria have devastated all these countries and their lands
19 and have thrown their gods into the fire; for they were not gods but made by human handsCwood and
stone. So they have destroyed them. 20 Now, Lord our God, save us from his hand so that all the kingdoms
of the earth may know that You are the LordCYou alone.@
Hezekiah took his burden to the Lord. He believed God could act on behalf of the people and he asked Him to do so. He laid the message out before God and asked Him to see what was being said about Him. It was almost like he said, God I believe you can act on our behalf but Sennacherib does not. The king of Assyria is mocking you Lord, so what are You going to do about it? The king of Judah wanted God to accommodate his request, and he wanted it for several reasons. I am sure he wanted safety, but I also believe he wanted victory over Sennacherib just for the pleasure of it.. Have you ever had a time when you wanted victory as much for bragging rights, as for the other benefits of victory?
3. Take Your Burden To The Lord . . Basking In His Blessings. Isa. 37:33-37
A. Basking In The Blessing . . Declared By The Lord. 37:33-34
33 A >Therefore, this is what the Lord says about the king of Assyria: He will not enter this city or shoot an
arrow there or come before it with a shield or build up an assault ramp against it. 34 He will go back on the road that he came and he will not enter this city.[This is] the Lord=s declaration.
B. Basking In The Blessing . . Delivered By The Lord. 37:35-36
35 I will defend this city and rescue it, because of Me and because of My servant David.= @ 36 Then
the angel of the Lord went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians. When the people got
up the [next] morningCthere were all the dead bodies!
C. Basking In The Blessing . . Dismissed By The Lord. 37:35-36
37 So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and left. He returned [home] and lived in Nineveh.
I love to read this story. It is much like David and Goliath, Elijah and the prophets of Baal, and Daniel in the lions den. The Lord saw, and heard the comments of Sennacherib, but then God declares and delivers the victory from a dejected king of Assyria. I would have enjoyed seeing him going back home, dismissed by the Lord. We are told in 2 Kings that two of Sennacherib=s sons killed him while he was worshiping his false god. It is sad he never learn. All of us are asked through this lesson. Do You Take Your Burdens To The Lord? Hopefully we can answer, AYes,@ Amen? Amen!