In reading through the book of the prophet Isaiah this morning, I was struck by the overwhelming revelation of God’s sovereignty (meaning, His “kingship” or right to “rule & reign” over His creation).
Just to provide a bit of context surrounding this particular passage, the prophet Isaiah (through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit) is recording a message that God Himself had given to the king of Israel at that time, Hezekiah (from which we derived the name for our son). Here, God is responding to king Hezekiah’s prayer for deliverance from the king of Assyria, Sennacherib, who had already conquered much of Israel and was threatening to invade Jerusalem as well.
God responds to king Hezekiah’s prayer for deliverance with the following words of encouragement:
“21Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Because you have prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria, 22this is the word that the LORD has spoken concerning him:
‘She despises you, she scorns you—
the virgin daughter of Zion;
she wags her head behind you—
the daughter of Jerusalem.
23“‘Whom have you mocked and reviled?
Against whom have you raised your voice
and lifted your eyes to the heights?
Against the Holy One of Israel!
24By your servants you have mocked the Lord,
and you have said, With my many chariots
I have gone up the heights of the mountains,
to the far recesses of Lebanon,
to cut down its tallest cedars,
its choicest cypresses,
to come to its remotest height,
its most fruitful forest.
25I dug wells
and drank waters,
to dry up with the sole of my foot
all the streams of Egypt.
26“‘Have you not heard
that I determined it long ago?
I planned from days of old
what now I bring to pass,
that you should make fortified cities
crash into heaps of ruins,
27while their inhabitants, shorn of strength,
are dismayed and confounded,
and have become like plants of the field
and like tender grass,
like grass on the housetops,
blighted before it is grown.
28“‘I know your sitting down
and your going out and coming in,
and your raging against me.
29 Because you have raged against me
and your complacency has come to my ears,
I will put my hook in your nose
and my bit in your mouth,
and I will turn you back on the way
by which you came.'”