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Isaiah 41:22-24 ” Bring in your idols to tell us what’s going to happen. Tell us what the former things were, so that we may consider them and know their final outcome. Or declare to us the things to come, tell us what the future holds, so we may know that you are gods. Do something, whether good or bad, so that we will be dismayed and filled with fear.”

Earlier in this Chapter, Isaiah speaks of the power and magnificence of God and how there is no other God besides Him.  He then addresses the many idols of Israel…man-made pieces that they have put their trust in rather than God.  Finally, in these verses above, Isaiah sarcastically suggests they bring their idols to him so they may be questioned about past and future events in order to somehow legitimize their “godliness”.  His sarcasm only continues as he urges these idols to, “Do something, don’t just sit there looking at me!”  No man-made idol will ever take the place of God, for no man-made idol has the capacity, authority, dominion, or might as God does.

II Chronicles 29: 1-3 ” Hezekiah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother’s name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done. In the first month of the first year of his reign, he opened the doors of the Temple of the Lord and repaired them.”

King Hezekiah had his priories where they needed to be from the very start.  One of his very first acts as king was to open up the Temple, which his father Ahaz had earlier boarded up.  Instead of keeping the Temple of the Lord open for worship, Ahaz had placed altars to foreign gods at every street corner for the people. (II Chronicles 28:24-25)  Hezekiah’s superstitious dabbler in idolatrous cults father had even scorned the Prophet Isaiah’s promise of a coming Immanuel  (Isaiah 7:14) to instead run after foreign gods.  The new King Hezekiah, with God’s help, was finally able to launch the long-needed moral and religious reform within the nation of Judah.