As a sign that He would keep His promise, God made the shadow retreat ten steps (2 Kings 20:1-11). Hezekiah went to the temple and prayed. He was devastated by the fatal prognosis and compared his complaint to the chattering of "a crane or a swallow" or the mourning of a dove (Is 38.14). Isaiah’s reply, from Jehovah, was that Sennacherib would hear a report and would return to his own land, where eventually he would be slain. He was probably not the same person as King Hezekiah. Christ was raised on the third day, the firstfruits of the new creation. Then, my attention was drawn to an email sent last night from my sister with whom I had no previous experience discussing nor email nor other contact about this subject. Hezekiah’s Religious Reform—In the Bible and Archaeology by David Rafael Moulis. Neither must we "court favour with the world…[or] the world will take you over. But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; …. J Riddle, (2 Kings 20.1-19; 2 Chr 32.24-31; Is 38,39). Inscriptions have been discovered describing Sennacherib’s defeat of the Ethiopian forces. Ahaz, by an alliance, had placed his kingdom under the protection of the king of Assyria during his reign. With great energy he proceeded to organize the Levites in their services, and he reestablished the arrangements for musical instruments and singing of praises. 2 Kings 20:4-11 And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying, …, (24) In those days Hezekiah was sick.--This single verse epitomises 2Kings 20:1-11; Isaiah 38. Salam from Indonesia, I can’t believe that a piece of clay lasted this long I am amassed at that I would.have loved to have seen it being g found just laying there thanks to god who wanted it found. My apologies, it’s Meir Lubetsky as author of the article “King Hezekiah’s Seal Revisited.”, In response to commentator Roland, Lubetsy states (BAR July/August 2001, p.50) that “if the analogy suggested by the prophet had been drawn outside ancient Israel, Malachi would have chosen motifs from art and religion of the dominant culture of the time: Persia. Do not be afraid nor be terrified because of the king of Assyria and on account of all the crowd that is with him; for with us there are more than there are with him. By submitting above, you agree to our privacy policy. And in an avant garde fashion. The use of such a symbol in worship would contravene the law at De 4:16. I would love to read more about this way of looking at the discovery. J Gibson, The Practice of the Truth of the Gospel: The Message of Titus (1) And he gave him a sign.--The recession of the shadow on the dial of Ahaz. And sadly, Hezekiah’s bitter self-centeredness, when confronted with death, bred a spirit of unbelief in the living God which prompted him to seek a sign that God would truly do what He said He would do: prolong Hezekiah’s life (2 Kings 20.8-10; Is 38.22). This is the main message from Hezekiah’s illness. However, in an article written by the editor of BAR entitled “The Mystery of the Nechushtan,” from the March/April 2007 issue of BAR, mention is made of the fact that although King Hezekiah had rebelled against the Assyrian King Sennacherib, he eventually capitulated as was recorded in 2 Kings 18:14-16, and gave much more tribute to Assyria than was mentioned in the Bible, according to the account of Sennacherib on a prism written in cuneiform. The hands at the end of each ray of sunlight is likely behind the meaning of the interpretation provided concerning the the name of the official battle standard used in the war against the Amalekites; “It means, ‘Hand upon the throne of Yah!’ Yahweh will be at war with Amalek throughout the ages.” Hershel Shanks writes in his article, “The Mystery of the Nechustan,” about yet another seal impression from Hezekiah’s reign that depicted a two wing scarab beetle with an inscription that reads: “Belonging to Hezekiah, (son of) Ahaz, King of Judah” (BAR, March/April 2007, p.62) Above the beetle the inscription reads “yhdh,” or “Judah,” which contains the root word “yad” meaning “hand,” which could explain the meaning of “hand upon the throne of Yah” in the light of this beautiful discovery showing the evolution of a popular king’s reign in Jewish history as he solidified his anti-Assyrian alliances and borrowed the symbols of authority for his royal seal from Judah’s ally Egypt, symbols that were also adopted by the contemporary Nubian Pharaohs, who, like Hezekiah, also ruled over the united two lands of upper and lower Egypt. They publicly defied the God of Israel claiming that He will not be able to deliver His people (2 Kings 18:28–35; 19:10–12). Thank you. The bulla discovered in the Ophel excavations represents the first time the royal seal of Hezekiah has been found on an archaeological project. So, Isaiah rebuked Hezekiah for his sin and prophesied that all what the king had shown the Babylonians would be carried away to Babylon including Hezekiah’s own children. However, at the time of Hezekiah these symbols may not have had the religious significance they had in Egypt. The very treasures which he showed off to the Babylonians they would take from his kingdom, warning us of the folly of placing excessive emphasis on riches which "certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven" (Pr 23.5). The story of Hezekiah’s illness and recovery is familiar to every child who has attended Sunday School. “Thus the LORD saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the hand of all others, and guided them on every side” (2 Chronicles 32:22). 24 In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. wooow, am so thrilled!!!! Sign up to receive our email newsletter and never miss an update. One of the outstanding engineering feats of ancient times was the aqueduct of Hezekiah. He sensed deep disappointment – "mine eyes fail with looking upward" – feeling oppressed and bitter (Is 38.14,17). Plus, you get access to so much more from your All-Access pass: Biblical Archaeology Review print edition: Enjoy the same current issues in glorious, traditional, full-color print …. Before this episode, however, Hezekiah had already received another sign, one that is less familiar. He rebelled against the king of Assyria and struck down the Philistine cities, which had evidently become allied with Assyria.​—2Ki 18:7, 8. He stopped up all the springs and water sources outside the city of Jerusalem so that, in the event of a siege, the Assyrians would be short on water supplies. Get our latest answers straight to your inbox when you subscribe here. • Isaiah's sign (vv. Hezekiah’s ulcer was cured by applying "a lump of figs" (Is 38.21). 7 Today, our conscience may be sensitive to the connection these symbols had to false worship. 17). In 701 BC, the Assyrians, attacked Judah and headed toward Jerusalem. Even the Apostle Paul needed a thorn in the flesh to keep him humble (2 Cor 12.7). Further, Solomon’s Temple was oriented to the east (as later, were Christian churches – Christ too was sometimes pictured as a sun-god).”. The reign of Hezekiah overlaps with the reign of Hoshea, the last King of the Northern Kingdom.

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