As I read the passages in Isaiah today, I was struck by the thoughts of Hezekiah and his conversation with God. As I read Hezekiah’s writing a thought struck me, Jesus had not come yet!
Okay not news I know… but I couldn’t help but wonder what their thought of death was like for them. We have the hope of eternity with God because Jesus has come, died and rose again. We have the hope of eternity because of the teachings we have learned about Jesus and why He came. We have a picture of eternity because we have the Bible the whole story revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. (Not that I understand it all). Hezekiah and those in Isaiah’s time did not have those yet. They had God who spoke to them through the prophets and sometimes directly. They had the temple but it would have been so different than our concept and understanding today. We have the Holy Spirit who lives within us revealing to us the very nature of God. They did not! Those living in Old Testament time, those living in Isaiah’s time did not have the concept of eternity, not yet, not as we do.
So, I can’t help but wonder what their concept of death was like.
I don’t have answers today. Only questions. And perhaps a greater understanding 🙂
Until next time – Be Encouraged!