Topics: Sennacherib, Kingdom of Judah, Isaiah Pages: 2 (693 words) Published: March 10, 2013

Trust in God
King Hezekiah turned to God: "... When King Hezekiah heard it ... [the enemy's arrogant boasts], he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the Lord" (2 Kings 19:1). He sent this message to the prophet Isaiah: "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. It may be that the Lord your God will hear all the words of 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" (2 Kings 19:3-4). Isaiah responded to Hezekiah: "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. 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' " (verses 6-7). Hezekiah turned to God in faith. He would need no force of arms to bring about Sennacherib's demise. God heard Hezekiah's humble prayer and reassured him: "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. By the way that he came, by the same way shall he return; And he shall not come into this city,' says the Lord. 'For I will defend this city, to save it for My own sake and for My servant David's sake' " (2 Kings 19:32-34). Even though Jerusalem's situation seemed hopeless—the city surrounded by hundreds of thousands of battle-hardened Assyrians—God was true to His word. He dramatically intervened to spare Hezekiah and the trapped Jews. "And it came to pass on a certain night that the angel of the Lord went...
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