Hezekiah, from the start of his reign, was blessed, as he turned Judah towards God.
2 Chronicles 31: 21.
“And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.”
Judah, was a prosperous Nation, because they had turned to God. Prosperity and Peace lasted for 14 years, then several things happened.
The King of Assyria had taken Isreal captive ten years before. He had been defeating all Nations and their Gods, that were in the area. Now, he turned to Judah.
2 Kings 18: 11-13
“And the king of Assyria did carry away Israel unto Assyria, and put them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes:
Because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD their God, but transgressed his covenant, and all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded, and would not hear them, nor do them.
Now in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah did Sennacherib king of Assyria come up against all the fenced cities of Judah, and took them.”
Here we see Hezekiah falter in his faith. Judah, was under attack, some of it’s cities had fallen, and Hezekiah began to pay Tribute.
He removed Gold from the Temple doors, all the Silver from the Treasury… the Riches that the Lord had given, because they had turned to Him, and gave it to Sennacherib.
He found it was not enough.
Then Sennacherib, sent emissaries to the walls of Jerusalem, and told the people, he would soon conquer them and their God.
The people, by order of Hezekiah, were silent. Sennacherib, also sent letters to Hezekiah saying much the same.
This finaly opened Hezekiahs eyes.
2 Chronicles 32: 6-8
“And he set captains of war over the people, and gathered them together to him in the street of the gate of the city, and spake comfortably to them, saying,
Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him:
With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.”
He rent his clothes, went to the house of the Lord, and laid his concerns before God.
Isaiah 37: 14-17
“And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up unto the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.
And Hezekiah prayed unto the LORD, saying,
O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth.
Incline thine ear, O LORD, and hear; open thine eyes, O LORD, and see: and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent to reproach the living God.”
Lord, open Your eyes and see, and Your ears to hear…
The Word of the Lord came to Isaiah the Prophet.
Isaiah 37: 35-37
“For I will defend this city to save it for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.
Then 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.
So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.”
Where Sennacherib, returned in shame to Assyria, and was killed, while he was Worshiping his god, by his own people.
Notice, the fight was not in the natural world, but was WON, in the Spiritual. The Lord sent His Angel to win the battle.
2 Chronicles 32: 23.
“And many brought gifts unto the LORD to Jerusalem, and presents to Hezekiah king of Judah: so that he was magnified in the sight of all nations from thenceforth.”
The second prayer of Hezekiah, answered in a spectacular manner. Because Hezekiah:
2 Kings 18: 5.
“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.”
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