Hezekiah, the King who prospered in all he put his hand, gets tested. (2 Kings 18-19)
The King of Assyria, who took Isreal into captivity. Attacked Judah, Hezekiah, paid tribute… took gold off the doors of the temple.
Sent men out to seek peace. The enemy, spoke the Hebrew dialect so the people on the wall would hear and understand.
They remained silent, as per Hezekiahs order, though their faith and Hezekiahs faith faltered.
The Assyrians, claiming more power than the Hebrews God. Claimed the Lord would not save them.
Hezekiah, in sackcloth and ashes, went to the Temple to seek God. He sent his leaders to Isaiah the prophet.
They said: “Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and blasphemy; for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth.
It may be the Lord thy God will hear all the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living God; and will reprove the words which the Lord thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that are left.”
Isaiah answered: “Thus shall ye say to your master, Thus saith the Lord, Be not afraid of the words which thou hast heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.
Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and shall return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.”
Yet, the word of the Prophet was still not enough. Fear, despair, despondency rules in the land.
Assyria was involved in another war at home, Rabshakeh sent a message again to Judah.
“Let not thy God in whom thou trustest deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.
Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, by destroying them utterly: and shalt thou be delivered?
Have the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers have destroyed;”
Hezekiah took this letter to the house of God, and laid it before Him, and prayed: “O Lord God of Israel, which dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth.
Lord, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, Lord, thine eyes, and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent him to reproach the living God.
Of a truth, Lord, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the nations and their lands,
And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them.
Now therefore, O Lord our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the Lord God, even thou only.”
Isaiah sent Hezekiah the Lords answer… “Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, That which thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard.”
(Read the full answer in 2 Kings 19:21-33)
“Therefore thus saith 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 cast a bank against it.
By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the Lord.
For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.”
So we find the end of the story.
“It came to pass that night, that the angel of the Lord went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.
And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword: and they escaped into the land of Armenia. And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.”
~ “he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord,
~ He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made:
~ 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.
~ 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.”
Lord help us to learn from Hezekiah… Amen