2 Kings 19

2 Kings 19 has Hezekiah responding to the news from his leadership team that the King of Assyria was threatening to destroy Judah.  So what does Hezekiah do?  What each of us should do when faced with overwhelming situations.  Actually what each of us should do all the time.  He went to God.  “As soon as King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes and covered himself with sackcloth and went into the house of the Lord”.  He didn’t hesitate or wait and see what he could figure out.  He got the news and went to the Lord asap.

But he did more.  He also sent his leadership team to the prophet Isaiah.  He went to God’s main man on earth as well as directly to God in heaven.  And he describes it as a day of:

  • distress
  • Rebuke
  • Disgrace

Isaiah is up against some tough stuff and the day was not going well at all.

But for God, none of this was a surprise nor a challenge He could not overcome.  God gives his word saying “I will put a spirit in him, so that he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land, and I will make him fall by the sword in his own land”.  God’s got this.  But he doesn’t act immediately, and the enemy sends letters to other kings telling them what is going to happen.  This is as much a war of words and trying to make God look bad as it was a battle of men fighting in war.

So Hezekiah shows his true stripes again and “went up to the house of the Lord and spread it before the Lord….prayed before the Lord….save us, please”.  There’s a prayer most of us have said a few times.  God, we’re in trouble, please save us.  But it wasn’t out of character for Hezekiah.  He had gone to God much earlier to seek His protection and help, so as the war of words continues and the reality of a real battle of men was approaching, Hezekiah returns to the God he knows will save him.

Was Hezekiah right to trust God.  Check out what happens.  God says “I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake and for the sake of my servant David”.  God is taking this personally and there isn’t going to be any destruction of Judah at this time.  And without picking up as much as one sword by Hezekiah and his army, “the Lord went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians”.  This they got the message that it’s not safe to mess with the God of Judah?  The King of Assyria goes home and “as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, Adrammelech and Sharezer, his sons, struck him down”.  The prophecy comes true and God has stood by His people yet again.

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