Isaiah 38:16 – “O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my Spirit, so wilt thou recover me and make me to live.”
Cholam is the word recover!
Recover: Cholam from the root Strong’s #2492 chalam חָלַם
- To dream, become strong, powerful
- To restore to health after sickness
It also can mean to dream – Genesis 37:5 – “And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.”
Genesis 37:19 – “And they said one to another Behold, this dreamer cometh.”
In the Hebrew the verse says Hinneh ba’al hachalomet hallazeh – From this time forward he shall be called Ba’al Chalam – master of dreams.
The word hallazeh is Strong’s #1976 it’s seen as a disrespectful slur. The brother’s disrespect is not against Joseph, it’s against Yahweh! Because Yahweh alone is the Master of Dreams. They would have known that because Jacob their father had a dream – Jacob’s Ladder.
I believe that their disrespect was going on long before this. They should have been at Shechem but they were at Dothan!
Let’s look at how Cholam is connected to the recovering from being sick. It’s seen in the life of King Hezekiah.
Isaiah 37:1-3 – “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 towards 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.”
“Set thine house in order”
In Order: Strong’s #6680 tsavah צָוָהto command, to give order, appoint; to arrange his affairs and solve his problem.
Hezekiah: Strong’s #2396 Chizqiyah חִזְקִיָּהmeans Yahweh is my strength; from #2388 chazaq (Be Strong and of good courage! Joshua 1:9) & from #3050 Yah (a shortened form of Yahweh)
Hezekiah was considered possibly the greatest King to rule over Judah alone.
2 Kings 18:5-6 – “He trusted in the Lord God of Israel, so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him. For he clave to the Lord, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses.”
Clave: Strong’s #1692 davaq דָּבַקstick, stay close, follow closely
Genesis 2:24 – “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave (davaq) unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh.
*One – ‘echad; flesh – basar; Yahshua said in John 10:30 I and my father are one (one flesh).
It is also said of Hezekiah that during his life he was active in preserving Israel’s written wisdom.
Proverbs 25:1 – “These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah King of Judah copied out.”
Proverbs: Strong’s #4912 mashal – it’s from the root meaning to rule, to reign, or to have dominion over (Strong’s #4910)
Genesis 37:8 – “And his brethren said to him, shalt thou indeed reign over us? Or shalt thou indeed (#4910) have dominion (#4910) over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.”
I believe at that time Joseph’s brothers weren’t ready to rule and reign. Their generation had to die off, and Yahweh had to raise up another generation. Exodus 1:6 – “And Joseph died, and all his brethren and all that generation.”
*These generations died off and never stepped into their greatness (besides Joseph who rose up to the challenge). The same example is seen with the generation who leaves Egypt but dies in the Wilderness while the younger generation enters the Promised Land.
It is also said of Hezekiah that he purified the temple, reestablished the worship of Yahweh, and reestablished the Passover.
In 2 Kings 18:8 he smote the Philistines. Note in 2 Kings 18:7 – “And the Lord was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth! And he rebelled against the King of Assyria and served him not.”
*The King of Assyria steam rolled through Israel and Judah devastating the land, it’s cities, and it’s inhabitants.
*The King sent messengers to King Hezekiah to get him to make a pledge to their master the King of Assyria.
Isaiah 36:13 – “Then Rabshakeh stood, and cried with a loud voice in the Jew’s language, and said, Hear ye the words of the great King, the King of Assyria.”
Isaiah 36:18 – “Beware lest Hezekiah persuade you, saying, The Lord will deliver us. Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria?”
These words were very disrespectful to say to a living God and in His OWN language! The leaders of Israel try to get him not to speak to them in their language.
Hezekiah prayed unto the Lord, Isaiah 37:17 – “Incline thine ear, O Lord, and hear; open thine eyes, O Lord and see; hear, all the words of Sennacherib which hath sent to reproach the living God.”
This is Yahweh’s answer to King Hezekiah.
Isaiah 37:35 -36 “For I will defend this city to save it for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake. The angel of the Lord went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold they were all dead corpses.”
*Note: Sennacherib, King of Assyria, was killed by his own 2 sons!
In the end, Yahweh delivered Hezekiah and Israel out of the hands of Assyria. But Hezekiah became sick and was about to die. There’s something about Hezekiah’s life we haven’t looked at yet.
It is the fact that he aligned himself with Egypt. That was disrespectful to Yahweh. Hezekiah had to deal with the problem he created.
Deuteronomy 17:16 – “But he (a king) shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the ALEPH TAV people to return to Egypt.”
Yahweh added fifteen years to Hezekiah’s life. Fifteen is the number associated with the adulterous bride.
And finally I leave you with the words of King Hezekiah.
“I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfectheart.”
Perfect: Shalom – to be in a covenant of peace!