Isaiah 38:18-22. “For the grave cannot praise Thee, death can not celebrate Thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for Thy truth. The living, the living, he shall praise Thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known Thy truth. The Lord was ready to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of the Lord. For Isaiah had said, Let them take a lump of figs, and lay it for a plaister upon the boil, and he shall recover. Hezekiah also had said, What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of the Lord?”
I wondered about the healing power of figs, so I spent a little time looking that up. Here’s an interesting website: https://draxe.com/figs-nutrition/
The real healing power, though was God’s. He Who created figs was more than able to cure Hezekiah with nothing more than a word. The figs, I think, were simply a vehicle, an object lesson, perhaps. One of my sources says that the figs were not for healing, which God had already granted; rather, they were used for cleansing, and bringing corruption to the surface. In any event, Hezekiah was healed, and rejoiced in God’s mercy and grace in the 15 years he was given.
The last question in this chapter indicates that Hezekiah’s story isn’t quite finished. More next week when we start chapter 39.