5 Go and tell Hezekiah that the Eternal, the God of your ancestor David, says: “I have heard your prayer, and I have seen your tears. I’ve decided to add another 15 years to your life. 7 You’ll know that I, the Eternal One, will keep My promise by this sign: 8 I will make the sun’s shadow—which has climbed these steps of Ahaz’s stairway—go backward 10 steps.”
And the shadow on the stairway moved backward 10 steps. (Isa. 38:5,7-8).
Last night as I was lying down to sleep the Holy Spirit passed these scriptures past my eyes, and then the scriptures:
In the beginning, God created everything: the heavens above and the earth below. (Gen. 1:1).
By way of explanation the Holy Spirit added that Jesus had come to this earth to offer holiness and healing.
Talk about cryptic - exactly the same sort of cryptic messages that Jesus offered time and time again so that His followers would search out exactly what was meant.
How are these 3 apparently random thoughts linked? How is the creation account linked to Jesus coming to the earth to bring redemption and restoration to humanity? Why are these events linked to King Hezekiah being gravely sick and praying for healing and then Isaiah informing him that the sundial would turn back 10 degrees as proof that God would heal him?
I would suggest that throughout the Bible the heavens are associated with God and His holiness whereas the earth is linked to man. I could pull up pages of quotes to prove my point here but I’ll leave it at that.
When Hezekiah fell ill, it took a miraculous sign in the heavens that God would use the same creative power that He used to create the world, to demonstrate in the heavens that He would heal Hezekiah. Healing is not something we can take for granted – it is an incredibly merciful act from a generous and all-powerful God.
Healing is a creative action that was promised from the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth. God has chosen to offer us a plan where He would bring the blessings of heaven to the earth.
Bring about Your kingdom. Manifest Your will here on earth, as it is manifest in heaven. (Matt. 6:10).
The only way that those blessings from heaven could flow to sinful, unworthy humans is for God Himself to come down to the earth from heaven and create a way for us to be redeemed from our sin and made holy in His sight. This could only have been done through Jesus who died taking all of our sins upon his body.
At the same time, by Jesus being beaten and scourged, all of our sicknesses were laid upon Him (Isa. 53:5) so that we have assurance of our healing when we look to Jesus and trust only in Him.
So Hezekiah stands to demonstrate to us that God heals when we ask Him to, that that healing is a powerful demonstration of God’s creative power, and that now, under Jesus, we can be absolutely assured of healing when we believe that Jesus will heal us.
No longer do we need a prophet to come along and tell us that our prayer for healing has been heard for God heard all of our prayers for healing at the time Jesus was crucified and God answered those prayers then and there.
We have been redeemed from sin and separation from God and we have been redeemed from the curse of sin and its effects, sickness and eternal death.
All quotes are from The Voice.