Sunday Morning Coffee: Daylight Savings Time

I don’t like it. Especially in the spring when we get robbed of an hour, my body is telling me, “Look, dummy, your clock may say 6 a.m., but I know it’s only  5 a.m. Go back to sleep.”

It will take me about a week to make the adjustment.  Every year, I try going to bed  an hour earlier, but I can’t sleep, so it really doesn’t work.


On to other things.  My new sneakers came in the mail yesterday.  For several years, I’ve purchased my shoes from  They have springs in the heels, and I really like these shoes.  I have orthotics for them, too.  My feet have flattened with age and weight, so I need the arch support.  I’m planning to walk a little bit this afternoon, and weather permitting, will get back into a good walking routine.  We got another small snowstorm on Wednesday, and I hear there are two more heading our way.

I’m ready for spring. One of the best things about winter is that spring is sure to follow.

Here’s a favorite song of mine, and I always think of my friend Davina when I hear it. She loves it too.  It was a great comfort to her when she had cancer many years ago.




I Will Defend This City!

Isaiah 37: 33-35. “Therefore thus saith the Lord concerning the King of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, not come before it with shields, nor cast a bank against it. By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the Lord. For I will defend this city to save it for Mine own sake, and for My servant David’s sake.”

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Sennacherib was very sure of himself.  After all, he’d defeated so many people who relied upon their idols to save them.  He had not come up against the Holy One of Israel, though, and he was in for a series of unpleasant surprises.

First, he would never enter Jerusalem. He would never shoot an arrow there, never have his army with their shields within the city; nor would he build any kind of fortifications against the city. In fact, he would end up returning from Jerusalem using the same path he had followed as he sent his armies to destroy the city.

God would save Jerusalem this time. He would do so for the memory of David; He would do so for His own reasons.

Prophecy to Hezekiah

Isaiah 37:30-32. “And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year  such as groweth of itself: and the second year that which springeth of the same: and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyeards, and eat the fruit thereof. And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and beary fruit upward; For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the Lord of hosts shall do this.”

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God now speaks directly to Hezekiah through Isaiah, and the message is encouraging. God revealed to King Hezekiah that in three years’ time, planting and harvesting would return to normal in Judah.  Jerusalem would be spared. The remnant that had left Judah would return and establish roots again, and God would protect His people from Sennacherib.

I have wondered how it was for Isaiah to constantly be bringing warnings of doom and destruction to Israel.  We don’t have modern-day prophets to whom God speaks directly, so it’s hard for us to put ourselves in the place of these men chosen by God to deliver His Word to the people.   The people, being who they were, didn’t always want to hear what the prophets had to say.  Sometimes the prophets were abused, even killed, because the people became so offended at the message the prophets had to bring.

I have often thought that Isaiah must have been a very brave man.

Strong Warning to Sennacherib

Isaiah 37:25-29. “I have digged, and drunk water; and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of the besieged places.  Hast thou not heard long ago, how I have done it; and of ancient times, that I have formed it? now have I brought it to pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste defenced cities into ruinous heaps. Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded: they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the housetops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up. But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy rage against Me. Because thy rage against Me, and thy tumult, is come up into mine ears, therefore will I put My hook in thy nose, and My bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest.”

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I really should have included verse 25 with yesterday’s post, because God is still quoting the boasts that Sennacherib had made.  Sennacherib really had quite a high opinion of himself.  He says that he has dug and drunk water in lands he has conquered; that with the soles of his feet (his infantry)  he has dried up all the rivers of the places he has conquered.

And now, in vv. 26-29, God reminds Sennacherib that he is only human, and God is still God.  “Haven’t you heard, from ancient times, how I have accomplished what I promised?  I have created the earth, not you!  I have formed it, and I am still in control. I used you, Sennacherib, to discipline My people back to Me.  You succeeded because My people were made weak in their disobedience.  But beware, Sennacherib. I know where you live.  I know when you come and when you go.  Because of your rage and blasphemy against Me, I will use you like a horse, with bit and bridle, and I will turn you back the same way in which you came.  You will not be able to stand against Me, the Holy One of Israel!”


God Speaks

Isaiah 37:23-24. “Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against Whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel. By thy servants hast thou reproached the Lord, and hast said, By the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon; and I will cut down the tall cedars thereof, and the choice fir trees thereof: and I will enter into the height of his border, and the forest of his Carmel.”

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I am reminded of Lucifer’s claims that he would be higher than God.  That didn’t work out so well, either.  Sennacherib  certainly had reason, in human terms, to think highly of himself and his ancestors. They had built a mighty kingdom through ruthless cruelty.

But he wasn’t greater than God.  He’s soon to find out just out paltry his own strength really is.

Sennacherib was counting on his huge army, his horses and chariots and weapons, to  triumph over Jerusalem.  He bragged that he would cut down the glorious cedars of Lebanon, and the tall fir trees.  No one could stand against him,  He would prevail, and he boasted and announced his prowess loud and long before the first saber was ever rattled.  It almost seems as if he was so sure that his words would intimidate the citizens of Jerusalem so much that there wouldn’t even be any resistance.


God Responds

Isaiah 37:21-22. “Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent unto Hezekiah saying, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Whereas thou has prayed to Me against Sennacherib king of Assyria:  This is the word which the Lord hath spoken concerning him: The virgin, the daughter of Zion, hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn: the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.”

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God spoke to Hezekiah in response to his prayer. God used His prophet, Isaiah, to give a message of reassurance and hope to King Hezekiah.

In verse 22, “the virgin, the daughter of Zion” is representative of Jerusalem as having not been ravished by the Assyrian army.  In fact, she despises (thinks very little of, has no fear of)  Sennacherib and his vast army, and she laughs at him and dismisses his threats with a shake of her head.

In the next few verses, Sennacherib is severely rebuked for his haughty arrogance. We’ll look more closely at those verses tomorrow.

Sunday Morning Coffee: The Storm

Yes, indeed, we had a storm on Friday.  The weather gurus said it would be “ferocious,” and I suppose it was.  Not the worst storm I’ve ever endured, but it was a bit unusual for this area, at this time of year.  High winds,  an unexpected amount of slippery, wet snow that makes driving quite dangerous. I’m glad I didn’t have to be out there, and I’m glad it’s over.

We lost power for about five hours because a tree at the end of our road got blown over onto some power lines.  Flashlights, kerosene lamps and a pizza shop down on the other end of our road got us through the emergency.  Hats off to the crews who dealt with that tree, and who are still working to restore power  in other areas.

I’m always thankful, at times like these, that we have a good, sturdy house with good insulation and tight windows.  Terry fired up the oil-burning stove in our living room, and we were safe, protected, and warm.  Not everyone has that privilege.

I also think of an old song I leaned in church many years ago.