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[Inner Wheels] > Isaiah 38 - Ayin - Remember Me, O Lord!

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Spoke 16

Isaiah 38 chain Zechariah chain Psalm 38

In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

Isaiah 38

Remember Me, O Lord!

The name of Book 38 - pic (Zechariah) - means The Lord Remembers. This is the origin of numerous Spoke 16 links to Isaiah 38, Nehemiah, Psalm 38, and Revelation 16, to name but a few. I begin with the Hebrew phrase pic (Zakar Na, Remember now) which appears in six verses of the Bible, most notably in the opening verses of Isaiah 38 above and the first book on Spoke 16, Nehemiah (vs. 1.8):

Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations: But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there.

The reference to scattering and turning to the Lord links to the first chapter of Zechariah (cf. [Spoke 16] > Remember Me, O God!). Both Isaiah 38 and Nehemiah use nearly identitical phrases, including the word "Rememeber" and the phrase "I beseech thee." This is a very strong thematic link, these words appearing together elsewhere only in Job 10.9 and II Kings 20.3 (which is parallel to Isaiah 38). Yet there is more. Hezekiah's call for God to remember his good works is nearly identical to that made by Nehemiah near the end of his book (vs. 13.14). Here are the verses side-by-side:

Nehemiah (vs. 13.14) Isaiah 38 (vs. 3)
Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and wipe not out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for the offices thereof. Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

Searching the entire KJV for all verses containing the set (remember, good, done) yields exactly three verses, the two just quoted and the parallel to Isaiah 38.3 found in II Kings 20.3. There is an extremely strong thematic link - which would be a true KeyLink if not for the parallel passage - between Cell 38 on Spoke 16 of the Inner Wheel of Isaiah and Cell 16 of the Bible Wheel. This shows how these two Threads intertwine. Situations like this demand the use of modnotation to make the link to Spoke 16 clear, and gnotation to distinguish between the two Wheels:

Thematic Link: Remember My Good Works, O Lord!
PBible( 162 ) chain PIsaiah( 161 )

 

To Zechariah!

Yet this is but the beginning of God's supernatural tapestry! The word translated as "remember me" in Nehemiah is pic (Zakrah Li), which literally means "put your remembrance to me" [Li is analysed as Lamed prefix (To/For) + Yod suffix (Me)]. This phrase is an anagram of (L'Zechariah, To Zechariah). All of its four appearances are found in the book of Nehemiah. It forms, in fact, the last words of Nehemiah, which are adjacent to the first words of Zechariah when the Bible is displayed in the form of the Wheel, as if God were directing our eye from the last verse of Nehemiah to Zechariah!

 

For A Remembrance

The phrase Zakrah Li from Nehemiah is also an anagram of pic (L'Hazkir, For a remembrance), which brings us to Psalm 38, where this word appears in its title:

A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance. O LORD, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore. There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin. For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

The only other place this word appears in the Psalms is in the title of Psalm 70, corresponding to the numerical value of the 16th letter Ayin, and the number defining the length of the Babylonian exile as declared in the text of Zechariah (vs. 1.12). This means that there are anagrams of L'Zechariah (To Zecahriah) in the last verse of Nehemiah and the title of Psalm 38 (corresponding to Book 38, Zechariah)!

 

Sick Unto Death

Psalm 38 is profoundly integrated with both Isaiah 38 and Zechariah. It is a Psalm of great physical suffering, which is the exact theme of Isaiah 38. There are, in fact, KeyLinks between Isaiah 38, Psalm 38, and Zechariah. Most astounding is this cry from Hezekiah in Isaiah 38, which I display below in parallel with portions of Psalm 38:

Psalm 38 Isaiah 38
A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance. O LORD, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore. There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin. For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me. My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness. I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long. For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh. I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart. Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee. My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me. In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. ... The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness: I said in the cutting off of my days, I shall go to the gates of the grave: I am deprived of the residue of my years. I said, I shall not see the LORD, even the LORD, in the land of the living: I shall behold man no more with the inhabitants of the world. Mine age is departed, and is removed from me as a shepherd's tent: I have cut off like a weaver my life: he will cut me off with pining sickness: from day even to night wilt thou make an end of me. I reckoned till morning, that, as a lion, so will he break all my bones: from day even to night wilt thou make an end of me. Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove: mine eyes fail with looking upward: O LORD, I am oppressed; undertake for me.

Look at the common words and phrases found in Psalm 38 and Isaiah 38: Remember/Remembrance, "my bones", "mine eyes", fail*, mourn*, sore, sick/diseased. There are numerous KeyLinks between these passages, which I will list as I get time.

Now there are also two very significant features in Isaiah 38 that link directly to major themes of Spoke 16 of the Bible Wheel. First there is the explicit reference to "mine eyes" in both Isaiah 38 and Psalm 38 which links to the meaning of the name of the letter Ayin governing Spoke 16. This also links to Zechariah, which is the only book in all the Bible where God declares that He will open His eyes:

In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness. And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts their God.

Also, there is the reference to the Shepherd - the Chief Eye, or Overseer - which also dominates Spoke 16. Hezekiah's statement that he was "removed" as a shepherd's tent forms the basis of a KeyLink to Zechariah, which is rich in reference to all things having to do with shepherding the flock of God (cf. The Great Shepherd):

Isaiah 38 (vs. 12) Zechariah (vs. 10.2)
Mine age is departed, and is removed from me as a shepherd's tent: I have cut off like a weaver my life: he will cut me off with pining sickness: from day even to night wilt thou make an end of me. For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were troubled, because there was no shepherd.

The word translated as "departed" in Isaiah 38 and "went" in Zechariah is Nasa (S# H5265). This root is found in the same verse a Shepherd only in Isaiah 38 and Book 38, Zechariah. We have the KeyLink:

keyKeyLink Set: (Shepherd, Depart/Went)
PIsaiah( 38 ) chain PBible( 38 )





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