6/14/2016

A Tale of Two Kings (Isaiah 7; 36-39)

  1. Who are the two kings of Judah in Isaiah (Isa 1:1)? Who was bad (2 Ki 16:2)? Who was good (2 Ki 18:3)?
  2. What was the threat facing Judah during each king's reign (Isa 7:1; 36:1)? What year were these threats?
  3. What was the common location (Isa 7:2; 36:2)? Why do you think Isaiah mentioned this location?
  4. What was the superpower nation at the time? Who was their king (2 Ki 16:7; Isa 36:1)?
  5. When threatened what was the first response of the two kings of Judah (Isa 7:2; 36:1-2, 3-4)?
  6. What was Isaiah's challenge (Isa 7:4,9; 37:5-7)?
  7. After Isaiah's challenge, how did the two kings of Judah respond (Isa 7:11-12; 37:15-20)? What was the result (Isa 7:13-14, 17; 37:36-38)?
  • What life lesson(s) can you learn from these two kings of Judah? Comments? Reflections? Questions?
  • Does this story have a happy ending (Isa 39:1-8)? Is life black and white and so clear cut? What does 39:8 tell us about Hezekiah (Isa 2:22)? Why do you think Isaiah ends the first part of his book (ch. 1-39) with this story? 

 

Chapter

7

36-39

Year

735 B.C.

701 B.C.

Judah's king

Ahaz

Hezekiah

Assyrian king

Tiglath-Pileser (2 Ki 16:7)

Sennacherib (Isa 36:1)

The threat

Aram and Israel attacking Jerusalem (Isa 7:1)

Assyria attacking Jerusalem  (Isa 36:1)

The location

Aqueduct of the Upper Pool (Isa 7:3)

Aqueduct of the Upper Pool (Isa 36:2)

King's first response

Isaiah 7:2

Isaiah 37:1-2, 3-4

Isaiah's challenge

Isaiah 7:4, 9b

Isaiah 37:5-7

King's second response

Isaiah 7:11-12

Isaiah 37:15-20

Result

Isaiah 7:13-14, 17

Isaiah 37:36-37, 38

Lesson learned

Refuse to trust God, experience judgment

Trust God, experience victory against all odds