Isaiah 36–39 contain a historical transition. They record the end of the threat of Assyrian invasion and introduce Babylon as the real threat to the future of Judah. These chapters parallel closely the account in 2 Kings 18:13–20:19.
Some Important Gospel Principles to Look For
The Lord is merciful and compassionate, and He provides many ways to help His children feel the Spirit and repent, thereby receiving forgiveness for their sins (see Isaiah 38:17; see also James 5:14–15, 20; D&C 62:3).
Death and suffering are part of our Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness (see Isaiah 38:10–20).
Suggestions for Teaching
Isaiah 38–39. Death and suffering are part of our Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness. (15–20 minutes)
Would you want to know when you will die?
What difference would it make in how you live the remainder of your life?
How would it change the value you place on material and spiritual things in your life?
Have students read Isaiah 38:1, and ask:
Why would Hezekiah be distressed at Isaiah’s message?
After Hezekiah prayed, what message did Isaiah give him? (see Isaiah 38:4–6).
What sign did the Lord say He would give Hezekiah to show He would do all He promised? (see Isaiah 38:7–8).
Should we fear death?
What hope does the gospel give us that others may not have?
Read Isaiah 38:15–17 to show Hezekiah understood that his deliverance came from God. Ask students how enduring through suffering is a part of God’s plan of happiness. Hezekiah taught that our lives are gifts from our Father in Heaven to be used for His purposes. Ask students how knowing that could affect how people live their lives.
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