Isaiah 36: 1. “Now it came to pass in the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, that Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the defenced cities of Judah, and took them.”
Cross references for this event can me found from Is. 36:1-39:8; 2 Kings 18:13-20:19; 2 Chron. 32.
This chapter begins the historical interlude between the two main sections of prophecy of Isaiah ch. 1-35 and 40-66. What we’re starting today records the history of the invasion of Judah by Sennacherib, king of Assyria; his defeat, and illness and recovery of Hezekiah and Hezekiah’s folly.
Sennacherib invaded Judah eight years after Samaria had been destroyed and the 10 tribes taken into Assyrian captivity (2 Kings 17; 18:10). All cities of Judah were taken with the exception of Jerusalem, which God delivered supernaturally (37:7, 33-39).
One of the things I love about the Bible is that it records the history of even good men who failed in their efforts to walk with God. It is comforting to me to know that I am not alone. I also enjoy the incredible validation that other historical writings haven given to the Word of God, including archeological finds that show that things happened exactly as recorded in scripture. The discovery of the oldest-known Isaiah scrolls has been even more proof that these writings were inspired of God. This is just one of many web sites you can look at for more information:
What we will be discussing for the next three chapters or so is recorded history, not prophecy. I hope you’ll enjoy the story as much as I do.