Handle it like Hezekiah

Posted: July 22, 2010 in 2 Kings

2 Kings 18-19, “Handle it like Hezekiah”

Imagine for a moment that you’re undergoing tremendous attack. It seems that the enemy has surrounded you on every side, whispered lies into your ear, and left you hopeless & ready to give up. (For some, you may not need to imagine very hard!) Whereas that can be a spiritual condition for us today, for King Hezekiah & Judah, it was their reality when the armies of Assyria came knocking on their door. The core of both our battles are the same: will we listen to the lies of the enemy, or will we put our faith & trust in the Living God? How do we handle our times of spiritual attack? Handle it like Hezekiah – take it before the Lord & trust Him.

2 Kings 18 (NKJV)
1 Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea the son of Elah, king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz, king of Judah, began to reign. 2 He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Abi the daughter of Zechariah. 3 And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father David had done. 4 He removed the high places and broke the sacred pillars, cut down the wooden image and broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made; for until those days the children of Israel burned incense to it, and called it Nehushtan.

A. Who was Hezekiah? A good king born of an evil father. Ahaz was one of the worst kings in the southern kingdom; Hezekiah was one of the best. Ahaz had not only not torn down the altars & high places – he sacrificed on them, to the point of sacrificing one of Hezekiah’s own brothers in pagan wickedness. Hezekiah is the polar opposite. Heze does what is right in the sight of God…to the point of not only being compared as other good kings, but being compared to David himself! Heze doesn’t sacrifice on the high places, but he goes a step further than the others to actually remove them. Heze set an example for the people in how to seek after the Lord. (Much more is written about him in 2 Chr 29-31.)

B. Note one of the idols that needed to be destroyed never started as an idol: the bronze serpent made by Moses. (Num 21:8-9) … Even good things can become idolatrous. (Some people do the same thing with pastors or even the Bible!)

5 He trusted in the LORD God of Israel, so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor who were before him. 6 For he held fast to the LORD; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the LORD had commanded Moses. 7 The LORD was with him; he prospered wherever he went. And he rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him. 8 He subdued the Philistines, as far as Gaza and its territory, from watchtower to fortified city.

A. How good was Hezekiah? One of the best Judah ever had. Just as David had set the standard for ALL the kings (north & south), Hezekiah set the standard for the kings of the south. He had a heart devoted to the Lord & “did not depart from following Him.”

B. As a result, Hezekiah was blessed. He regained land from the Philistines, and rebelled against the imperial hand of Assyria.

a. That’s not to say that God will always physically (or financially) bless the one who walks faithfully with Jesus Christ, but we CAN be assured that we will be blessed in some fashion as we walk with Him. Just being sealed & filled with the Holy Spirit of God is blessing enough!

9 Now it came to pass in the fourth year of King Hezekiah, which was the seventh year of Hoshea the son of Elah, king of Israel, that Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up against Samaria and besieged it. 10 And at the end of three years they took it. In the sixth year of Hezekiah, that is, the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel, Samaria was taken. 11 Then the king of Assyria carried Israel away captive to Assyria, and put them in Halah and by the Habor, the River of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes, 12 because they did not obey the voice of the LORD their God, but transgressed His covenant and all that Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded; and they would neither hear nor do them.

A. Review of the Israelite captivity… Sets the stage for the powerful Assyrian army to come after Judah next.

B. Keep in mind that God was not absent or incompetent when Israel was taken into captivity. The very reason they were taken away is because God allowed it as the consequence for their idolatry & apostasy…

a. Remember this with Assyria. The king of Assyria gets a rather large ego from all of his military exploits, but the only reason he’s had any success at all is because God allowed him to have those successes. … Even the pagans are just as much subject to the will and power of God Almighty as anyone else. They may not recognize God’s hand at work, but it doesn’t change the fact that God indeed is working.

13 And in the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and took them. 14 Then Hezekiah king of Judah sent to the king of Assyria at Lachish, saying, “I have done wrong; turn away from me; whatever you impose on me I will pay.” And the king of Assyria assessed Hezekiah king of Judah three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold. 15 So Hezekiah gave him all the silver that was found in the house of the LORD and in the treasuries of the king’s house. 16 At that time Hezekiah stripped the gold from the doors of the temple of the LORD, and from the pillars which Hezekiah king of Judah had overlaid, and gave it to the king of Assyria.

A. Assyrian siege of Lachish. [PPT] Lachish was known as a fortified city that had withstood several attacks. Sennacherib’s victory over Lachish (and archaeology shows it was a massive victory) only emboldens Assyria to move for more.

B. Interesting turn of events. Hezekiah had resisted the Assyrians at first, but now goes back to the point of retreating as a vassal state & attempting to buy the Assyrian’s favor. Had Hezekiah panicked? Did he see the Assyrian victory & fear that if the fortified city of Lachish couldn’t stand, that Jerusalem wouldn’t have a chance? … Worse yet, Hezekiah buys them off just like his father Ahaz did: by stripping the temple of its treasures. He robbed from the Lord to placate the enemy king.

C. God doesn’t give us a spirit of fear! When we fear & start to panic, one thing we can absolutely assured of: we’re reacting in our flesh & not in the Lord.

17 Then the king of Assyria sent the Tartan, the Rabsaris, and the Rabshakeh from Lachish, with a great army against Jerusalem, to King Hezekiah. And they went up and came to Jerusalem. When they had come up, they went and stood by the aqueduct from the upper pool, which was on the highway to the Fuller’s Field. 18 And when they had called to the king, Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came out to them. [King’s court meeting the Assyrian army…]
19 Then the Rabshakeh said to them, “Say now to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria: “What confidence is this in which you trust? 20 You speak of having plans and power for war; but they are mere words. And in whom do you trust, that you rebel against me? 21 Now look! You are trusting in the staff of this broken reed, Egypt, on which if a man leans, it will go into his hand and pierce it. So is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him. 22 But if you say to me, ‘We trust in the LORD our God,’ is it not He whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah has taken away, and said to Judah and Jerusalem, ‘You shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem’?” ’ 23 Now therefore, I urge you, give a pledge to my master the king of Assyria, and I will give you two thousand horses—if you are able on your part to put riders on them! 24 How then will you repel one captain of the least of my master’s servants, and put your trust in Egypt for chariots and horsemen? 25 Have I now come up without the LORD against this place to destroy it? The LORD said to me, ‘Go up against this land, and destroy it.’ ”

A. Assyria’s 1st taunt: they go strolling up to Jerusalem & start to try to instill a spirit of hopelessness among the people. “You’ve got no confidence – you’ve got no recourse – give up now!” The Rabshakeh attacked two areas:

a. Their friends/allies. The author of Kings doesn’t tell us when Judah had Egypt as an ally, but apparently at this point they were relying upon the strength of the Egyptian army to help fight their battles (Isa 30 shows that Judah had relied on Egypt greatly). The Rabshekah basically tells them that Egypt is already a lost cause & won’t be able to help Judah.

b. The Lord. The Assyrians knew of the reforms & revival under King Hezekiah, but tells the people, “You’re trusting in the Lord, but your God is actually on OUR side!” The Rabshekah claims that it was God who brought out the Assyrian army & gave them power (which was true…he just didn’t realize that God could take it away as well!).

B. The enemy’s taunts rarely change. Enemy tactic #1: distrust. Our friends/allies will obviously come & go, but the devil will always try to undermine our trust in the Lord. Back with Adam & Eve, the serpent implied that the reason God didn’t want them to eat the fruit was because God was being petty & jealous. (Gen 3:5) That’s the same idea here. The Rabshekah says, “You’re trusting God, but you can’t really trust Him because you don’t know God like we know God.” How many times when we face spiritual attack do we find ourselves questioning the promises of God & being double-minded in our brain as we try to work things out? … We can trust the Lord at His word! Never lose faith in that!

26 Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, Shebna, and Joah said to the Rabshakeh, “Please speak to your servants in Aramaic, for we understand it; and do not speak to us in Hebrew in the hearing of the people who are on the wall.” 27 But the Rabshakeh said to them, “Has my master sent me to your master and to you to speak these words, and not to the men who sit on the wall, who will eat and drink their own waste with you?”

A. Eliakim, etc., had the right idea – they didn’t want the people to get disheartened, so they wanted Rabshekah to speak to them in Aramaic. The Rabshekah doesn’t care; he wants the people to lose heart & despair. Basically says, “Why wouldn’t they want to know? They’re going to be eating their own waste if they listen to you.”

B. Enemy tactic #2: division. Not only does the enemy want us to distrust God; he often wants to bring division among the people of God. It makes the devil’s job a lot easier if he can simply get Christians to devour themselves in petty arguments & fights.

28 Then the Rabshakeh stood and called out with a loud voice in Hebrew, and spoke, saying, “Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria! 29 Thus says the king: ‘Do not let Hezekiah deceive you, for he shall not be able to deliver you from his hand; 30 nor let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, “The LORD will surely deliver us; this city shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.” ’ 31 Do not listen to Hezekiah; for thus says the king of Assyria: ‘Make peace with me by a present and come out to me; and every one of you eat from his own vine and every one from his own fig tree, and every one of you drink the waters of his own cistern; 32 until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive groves and honey, that you may live and not die. But do not listen to Hezekiah, lest he persuade you, saying, “The LORD will deliver us.”

A. Enemy tactic #3: deception. The Rabshekah claimed that King Hezekiah would deceive the people, but who was truly the deceiver? Assyria. Basically told the people, “I know your king is going to try to encourage you & give you hope – but don’t listen to him. He’s just full of hot air.”

a. The devil is a liar & the father of lies. Don’t listen to him! There are some temptations & some entreaties from the world that sound really good – even logical. But beware! The devil comes solely to steal, kill, and destroy – we cannot afford to trust even the bits of truth that come out of his mouth. Even when he quoted Scripture to Jesus, it was always out of context (and thus deceptive). Know whom you can trust: the Lord Jesus Christ – and we know what He’s said to us through the Scripture.

B. That wasn’t the only deception – notice the promise. If they made peace with Assyria now, they’d live & be spared…for now. But Assyria would be back & would take the people off to slavery, just like they did with Israel. The Rabshekah would offer “temporary salvation” – then slavery.

a. That’s exactly what sin & compromise does! When we ignore the clear instruction of the Lord & follow the voice of the enemy, we might get our way for now, but we’ll end up back in the slavery in which we began.

33 Has any of the gods of the nations at all delivered its land from the hand of the king of Assyria? 34 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim and Hena and Ivah? Indeed, have they delivered Samaria from my hand? 35 Who among all the gods of the lands have delivered their countries from my hand, that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem from my hand?’ ”

A. Enemy tactic #4: despair. Assyria didn’t merely claim victory over the various peoples they conquered; they claimed victory over the various pagan gods that supposedly watched over the people. Indeed, even Samaria had been captured, so surely that means that God Almighty was no match for Assyria. Right? (Wrong!)

B. When we get to the place where we think God either can’t or won’t work, then that’s when we give into despair & just give up. … Don’t give up!

36 But the people held their peace and answered him not a word; for the king’s commandment was, “Do not answer him.” 37 Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came to Hezekiah with their clothes torn, and told him the words of the Rabshakeh.

A. It was a dark day. The best thing that happened was that the people didn’t respond to the Rabshekah. Yet they knew they were on the brink of disaster…

2 Kings 19 (NKJV)
1 And so it was, when King Hezekiah heard it, that he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the LORD.

A. Just like his court, even King Hezekiah tore his clothes when he heard the news. This was a day of mourning – a day of distress.

B. Notice that Hezekiah did this personally. He didn’t leave it to his staff to do all of the crying & repentance – Hezekiah personally went into the Temple (at least the part of the Temple he could enter) & went before the Lord in sackcloth.

a. Spiritual battle isn’t necessarily something we ever have to do alone (we’re part of a body of believers who are supposed to bear one another’s burdens & so fulfill the Law of Christ – Gal 6:2), but neither is it something we can outsource to someone else. When you’re struggling with something, it’s wonderful to ask for prayer – but it’s no substitute for you to personally go before the Lord & seek His face.

2 Then he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz. 3 And they said to him, “Thus says Hezekiah: ‘This day is a day of trouble, and rebuke, and blasphemy; for the children have come to birth, but there is no strength to bring them forth. 4 It may be that the LORD your God will hear all the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to reproach the living God, and will rebuke the words which the LORD your God has heard. Therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left.’ ” 5 So the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah.

A. Eliakim & co. tell Isaiah the news. … Do they personally have faith in God? “The Lord YOUR God…” ??? At the very least, they realize they are coming before “the living God.” Unlike all the false gods Assyria has supposedly ‘conquered’ – the true God is alive & working in power.

6 And Isaiah said to them, “Thus you shall say to your master, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Do not be afraid of the words which you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me. 7 Surely I will send a spirit upon him, and he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.” ’ ”

A. 1st response from the Lord/Isaiah: “Do not be afraid…” Amen! Do not fear… Well over 100 times the phrases “do not fear – do not be afraid – fear not” are repeated in the Bible. (You’d think we’d get the idea!) We are supposed to fear God; we never need fear man. Too often, Christians live in fear & worry – but that’s exactly the opposite of what our loving God calls us to do. We serve GOD. We are saved by JESUS. We are sealed by the SPIRIT. If there is ANYone in the world who has reason to walk through life without fear of what life brings, it is the born-again Christian! If God is for us, who can be against us? Trust God & leave fear behind…

B. This 1st response is rather short in comparison to what’s coming, but the basic theme is the same. God will be victorious & cause the king of Assyria to fail…specifically to “fall by the sword in his own land.” This isn’t speaking of the immediate victory, but in Sennacherib’s eventual death (which is detailed at the end of Ch 19)…

8 Then the Rabshakeh returned and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah, for he heard that he had departed from Lachish. 9 And the king heard concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, “Look, he has come out to make war with you.” So he again sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, 10 “Thus you shall speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying: ‘Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you, saying, “Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.” 11 Look! You have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands by utterly destroying them; and shall you be delivered? 12 Have the gods of the nations delivered those whom my fathers have destroyed, Gozan and Haran and Rezeph, and the people of Eden who were in Telassar? 13 Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah?’ ”

A. The 2nd taunt from Assyria – this time in the form of a letter by the hand of Sennacherib himself in battle. Basically says the same thing as the Rabshekah earlier. Distrust the Lord God – Divide the people from the king – deceive the people to think Assyria is more powerful than it really is – and despair because they are trusting in nothing.

14 And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.

A. This has to be one of the best responses in all of Scripture! Hezekiah takes the letter of the enemy king & simply lays it before the Lord. Hezekiah recognizes that ultimately this is not HIS battle; this battle is the Lord’s! Hezekiah was a servant of God – the nation was the people of God – the enemy had blasphemed God…if anything was going to be done, it was up to the Lord to do it. It was God’s fight, and it needed to be done by God’s will & God’s power.

B. Obviously, Hezekiah is not ignoring any responsibility he has to work & do what needs to be done. (After all, he’s the king appointed by God – he needs to be a faithful steward of what God has called him to do.) But this isn’t Hezekiah “passing the buck”; this is Hezekiah recognizing Who is really in control.

C. Whose business/company is it: yours or the Lord’s? Whose children are they? Whose church? Who gave you that job & house & possessions? Who gave you your very body & knit you together in your mother’s womb? The Lord God! There is nothing we cannot properly bring before Him in prayer because He is the one who gave it to us! It ALL belongs to Him. When you surrendered your life to Jesus & asked Him to be your Lord, you surrendered your own sovereignty to God. HE is the One who owns it – HE is the One responsible for it. That doesn’t excuse us from being good stewards & acting according to the wisdom God gives us, but that ought to tell us two things:

a. Take everything to the Lord in prayer

b. Trust God to bring about the results He wants.

c. What does this look like? Philippians 4:6-7 (6) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; (7) and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. []

15 Then Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said: “O LORD God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 16 Incline Your ear, O LORD, and hear; open Your eyes, O LORD, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God. 17 Truly, LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands, 18 and have cast their gods into the fire; for they were not gods, but the work of men’s hands—wood and stone. Therefore they destroyed them. 19 Now therefore, O LORD our God, I pray, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the LORD God, You alone.”

A. Hezekiah’s prayer. He doesn’t listen to any of the tactics of the enemy – he ignores the deception & division & despair that Sennacherib is trying to arouse. Instead, Hezekiah is very specific in his prayer.

a. He acknowledges God as God

b. He acknowledges a very real problem

c. He asks God to act according to God’s own glory

B. Is that how we pray? I fear too often the Church “prays” in such a way that we really attempt to order God around… Or we ignore very real issues in fear of “negative confession”… Or we want God to act for OUR benefit, rather than God’s… Hezekiah provides a great example for us!

– God’s response?
20 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘Because you have prayed to Me against Sennacherib king of Assyria, I have heard.’ 21 This is the word which the LORD has spoken concerning him: ‘The virgin, the daughter of Zion, Has despised you, laughed you to scorn; The daughter of Jerusalem Has shaken her head behind your back! 22 ‘Whom have you reproached and blasphemed? Against whom have you raised your voice, And lifted up your eyes on high? Against the Holy One of Israel.

A. God’s response to Sennacherib: You don’t know who you’re messing with.  There are a lot of definitions for a “fool” but surely one of them needs to be “anyone who picks a fight with the Almighty Creator God of the Universe.”

23 By your messengers you have reproached the Lord, And said: “By the multitude of my chariots I have come up to the height of the mountains, To the limits of Lebanon; I will cut down its tall cedars And its choice cypress trees; I will enter the extremity of its borders, To its fruitful forest. 24 I have dug and drunk strange water, And with the soles of my feet I have dried up All the brooks of defense.”

A. God is not ignorant to the boasts of Assyria & Sennacherib. He knows exactly what they’ve been saying. Assyria thinks they are powerful because they’ve climbed some mountains & conquered cities. They haven’t seen anything yet!

25 ‘Did you not hear long ago How I made it, From ancient times that I formed it? Now I have brought it to pass, That you should be For crushing fortified cities into heaps of ruins. 26 Therefore their inhabitants had little power; They were dismayed and confounded; They were as the grass of the field And the green herb, As the grass on the housetops And grain blighted before it is grown.

A. God is sovereign. God not only created the mountains the Assyrians scaled, but He was the One who gave them the ability to do it. The Assyrians believed they conquered cities by their might; but in reality it was God who “brought it to pass.”

27 ‘But I know your dwelling place, Your going out and your coming in, And your rage against Me. 28 Because your rage against Me and your tumult Have come up to My ears, Therefore I will put My hook in your nose And My bridle in your lips, And I will turn you back By the way which you came.

A. God is omniscient. The Assyrians may have thought they were breathing threats only against the king of Judah, but the King of Kings heard every word & every boast…

B. God is omnipotent. God is the one who brought Assyria up, and God is the one who will drag them by the nose back to their own country.

29 ‘This shall be a sign to you: You shall eat this year such as grows of itself, And in the second year what springs from the same; Also in the third year sow and reap, Plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them. 30 And the remnant who have escaped of the house of Judah Shall again take root downward, And bear fruit upward. 31 For out of Jerusalem shall go a remnant, And those who escape from Mount Zion. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.’

A. The assurance? Judah will survive. They may experience a siege this year, but they are to go ahead & plant crops in preparation for the future. God would provide enough food for them to survive the aftermath of the siege. They wouldn’t be dragged out of the land into slavery as Rabshekah claimed; the remnant (of those Sennacherib had not already taken captive) would remain in Judah to partake of the harvest & prosper there.

32 “Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria: ‘He shall not come into this city, Nor shoot an arrow there, Nor come before it with shield, Nor build a siege mound against it. 33 By the way that he came, By the same shall he return; And he shall not come into this city,’ Says the LORD. 34 ‘For I will defend this city, to save it For My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.’ ”

A. The promise? God would personally defend the city. Not a single arrow would be shot because God would defeat the Assyrian army before it even began to fight. … Keep in mind this was a HUGE promise! The Assyrians were obviously well known for their military might & prowess – they had just come off of successful campaigns against Samaria & Lachish. But even the Assyrian army can’t lay a finger on God Almighty.

B. Question: why did God promise this? “to save it for My own sake & for My servant David’s sake.” … This is the covenant promise: for God’s own glory & according to the covenant God had made with David (for the coming Messiah).

a. This is what our own salvation is based upon! Not upon our good works – not because of our wonderful prayers – not because of our acts of dedication. All those things are good, but none of those things are what save us. We are saved according to God’s glory & grace, and because of the covenant we have through Jesus Christ. Our salvation is secure in Christ because it is based on nothing less than the shed blood of Christ.

35 And it came to pass on a certain night that the angel of the LORD went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses—all dead.

A. This is one of the most astounding military miracles in all of Scriptures and (although it’s repeated in several books), it gets but one verse to mention it. 185,000 Assyrian soldiers are killed in one night by either an angel of the Lord or THE Angel of the Lord (Jesus!), and very little is said about it other than the brief mention of the fact. (This would never do, by Hollywood standards! 🙂 ) The emphasis here in the Scripture isn’t the actual physical battle; it’s the buildup. The REAL battle is what took place during the buildup – the question of whether or not Hezekiah would keep his faith in the Lord, despite the repeated attempts by the enemy to get him to lose hope.

B. Often it’s the same way with us in our own lives. For the actual event that we endure, we experience God’s grace in the moment, and we give Him praise for what He does. But it’s in the buildup that we stress out as the enemy tries to psyche us out. We start listening to lies & start to invent scenarios in our own mind of what may or may not happen, we stress & then we start losing faith. THAT’s the time of the battle. THAT’s the time we need to draw a line in the sand & determine that we’re going to trust the Lord.

36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went away, returned home, and remained at Nineveh. 37 Now it came to pass, as he was worshiping in the temple of Nisroch his god, that his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Ararat. Then Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place.

A. Exactly what God said would happen in vs. 7. Sennacherib did return to his own land, and he fell by the sword there…ironically by the hand of his own children as he was engaging in his own pagan worship. God’s word is true.

What spiritual battles are you engaged in tonight? What lies has the enemy whispered in your ear in an attempt to get you to doubt the promises of God? Handle it like Hezekiah: lay it before the Lord in faith & go to Him honestly in prayer, trusting that God will glorify Himself in whatever situation you face.


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