Reading Isaiah’s Mind – Chapter 38 – verses 1-5

The corruption of Hezekiah (“every Israelite who holds-fast to his God”)

hezekiah
Hezekiah  – The Old Testament King of Judah

The man, Hezekiah, was the son of Judah’s king, Ahaz, therefore, he inherited the royal throne.  As such, his leadership marked a significant era in Judah’s history. It was in direct contrast to the idolatry and apostasy that prevailed under his father.  He reigned for twenty-nine years  716-687 B.C. Throughout his reign Hezekiah encountered problems with the Assyrians, to whom his father committed Judah as a vassal (a person or group of people entered into a mutual obligation to a lord, master or king). Hezekiah initiated a drastic course-change from the idolatry that prevailed under his father’s reign. He observed the gradual disintegration and capitulation of the Northern kingdom as Assyrian domination advanced southward. He keenly recognized that Israel’s people had been taken-captive BECAUSE of their disobedience to the Law of God. He re-opened the temple after charging the Levites to cleanse and repair their place of worship. Anything which had previously been used for idol-worship was removed. Vessels used in idolatrous worship were destroyed. In sixteen days the temple was ready for proper worship. The name Hezekiah is masterfully used by Isaiah to identify a personal-characteristic as well as a person . The personal characteristic is that of “tenaciously holding-fast to Israel’s God, Jehovah, no matter what”.

1. In those woeful days,  a deadly (fatal; leading to death;  ruin;downfall) sickness (undermining; corruption) befell  (overtook) Hezekiah (“Every Israelite who holds-fast to his God:) , so, on his own,  he sought (searched; studied), the words of  Isaiah (“the Salvation of Jehovah”), the son (offspring) of  Amotz

Isaiah
Old Testament prophet Isaiah – “The Shakespeare of the Bible”

(alertness, moral-courage and strength) to point-out (call attention to) Nebia (an Old Testament prophet who speaks not his own words, but words given to him by God),  and  proclaim them (“bring them to light”)  unto this generation of Israel’s people (rank and file Mormon people), “Thus saith the Lord”…  Salt Lake’s precepts (guidelines; unwritten-law; words-of-command; injunctions; doctrines)  are beating-the-life-out-of (killing; assaulting;  punishing) your house (family; royal dynasty; household) by means of Salt Lake’s Melchizedek priesthood  authority.  Indeed (as a matter of fact) you (Israel’s people; rank and file Mormon people) are almost-dead (dying; perishing; nearly-lifeless) and Salt Lake has no intention to save (deliver; spare) you  from destruction

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2. Hezekiah (“Every Israelite who holds-fast to his God, Jehovah”) has turned-around 180 degrees (been re-oriented away from the east; turned toward Salt Lake City)  in favor of direction from the fortress (citadel; church headquarters) in the West,  and has repeatedly spit (eject saliva forcibly from the  mouth as a gesture of contempt) upon Jehovah.

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prideful man
“Look at what a great example of Mormonism I am.”

3. Each Mormon thinks to himself,  while groaning (sighing; lamenting; mourning), “O Lord, remember (recall; keep in mind) my wholehearted commitment to the Mormon  Walk (“Mormon way of life”; church-activity) while pointing-to  (calling attention to) my  own fine-example (ideal-pattern; exemplary performance) in your eyes (estimation; opinion; view),  in order to acquire greater Melchizedek priesthood power and authority.

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4. So then, the “Word of the Lord” (a divine revelation) came (said)  once more, unto Isaiah to “bring-everything-to-light” (say; proclaim; declare)

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cat in the bag
Expose everything!

5. “Go” (proceed; take-action), it said,   and expose everything (tell the truth;  blow-off the lid of Salt Lake’s secret; reveal everything;  spill-the-beans) to Hezekiah (“Every Israelite  who holds-fast to his God”). Thus saith the Lord, God of David (Love). Your father hears you, having in mind , your supplications and your father sees you , having in mind , the tears you’ve shed.   (Jehovah) testify (bear-witness)  that they (your supplications and your tears) actually add to ( magnify; lengthen) the days of your life,  enabling you to become stout (prepared;”unafraid” after being intimidated for so long; determined) to decimate  (demolish; ruin; destroy) the fulfillment (realization)  of Salt Lake’s dream (nightmare-like fantasy; vision; “castle-in-the-sky”).     

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