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Isaiah 38 Metaphysical Bible Interpretation

Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Isaiah Chapter 38

Metaphysically Interpreting Isaiah 38:1-22

38:1In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith Jehovah, Set thy house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live. 38:2Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto Jehovah, 38:3and said, Remember now, O Jehovah, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

38:4Then came the word of Jehovah to Isaiah, saying, 38:5Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith Jehovah, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years. 38:6And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city.

38:7And this shall be the sign unto thee from Jehovah, that Jehovah will do this thing that he hath spoken: 38:8behold, I will cause the shadow on the steps, which is gone down on the dial of Ahaz with the sun, to return backward ten steps. So the sun returned ten steps on the dial whereon it was gone down.

38:9The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness.

38:10I said, In the noontide of my days
   I shall go into the gates of Sheol:
   I am deprived of the residue of my years.
38:11I said, I shall not see Jehovah,
   even Jehovah in the land of the living:
I shall behold man no more
   with the inhabitants of the world.
38:12My dwelling is removed, and is carried away from me as a shepherd's tent:
   I have rolled up, like a weaver, my life; he will cut me off from the loom:
From day even to night wilt thou make an end of me.
   38:13I quieted myself until morning;
as a lion, so he breaketh all my bones:
   From day even to night wilt thou make an end of me.

38:14Like a swallow or a crane, so did I chatter;
   I did moan as a dove;
mine eyes fail with looking upward:
   O Lord, I am oppressed, be thou my surety.
38:15What shall I say? he hath both spoken unto me,
   and himself hath done it:
I shall go softly all my years
   because of the bitterness of my soul.
38:16O Lord, by these things men live;
   And wholly therein is the life of my spirit:
   Wherefore recover thou me, and make me to live.
38:17Behold, it was for my peace
   that I had great bitterness:
But thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption;
   For thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.
38:18For Sheol cannot praise thee,
   death cannot celebrate thee:
They that go down into the pit cannot hope
   for thy truth.
38:19The living, the living, he shall praise thee,
   as I do this day:
The father to the children
   shall make known thy truth.

38:20Jehovah is ready to save me:
   Therefore we will sing my songs with stringed instruments
All the days of our life
   in the house of Jehovah.

38:21Now Isaiah had said, Let them take a cake of figs, and lay it for a plaster upon the boil, and he shall recover. 38:22Hezekiah also had said, What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of Jehovah?

April 7, 1929: Isaiah 38:1-5

What is represented by the fact that King Hezekiah is “sick unto death” (chapter 20, verse 1)? “Hezekiah” means strength. Kingship represents will power. When the will is exercised in the consciousness of personality, it eventually comes to the end of its days, and dies, unless it realizes that there is a higher source of its power.

How is strong personal will power (King Hezekiah) changed? Strong personal will power (King Hezekiah) is changed by confession and prayer.

How is this will power rejuvenated? This will power is rejuvenated by the power of the word of Jehovah given to the I AM identity (Isaiah). “I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.”

April 7, 1929: Isaiah 38:1-5


Then we have the lesson of Hezekiah's healing. Hezekiah means “Jehovah hath strengthened.” He signifies the building up of the spiritual strength and firmness. Man becomes conscious of his strength as being spiritual and so becomes really only after he has learned that he can do nothing of his outer, mortal self, apart from the Christ. (See John 15:5)

The utter helplessness of mortal man to heal and lift himself into the life consciousness is symbolized by the illness of Hezekiah: “Thus saith Jehovah, Set thy house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.” As man comes into a degree of understanding of Truth, he disciplines himself and establishes a certain order throughout his being; then he finds that he must die to all the limited thoughts and activities of the mortal. By consecrated thought and prayer he unifies himself with Jehovah, his indwelling Christ, and a real healing follows; he enters into a renewed consciousness of sureness of life and strength.

– UNITY magazine.

Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 01-20-2014