Nov. 2, 2016
2 Kings 19-Part 2
LET IT GROW
The king of Assyria (world power) had captured all the fortified cities of Judah and sent messengers to the godly King Hezekiah threatening him and blaspheming God. Hezekiah went to the Temple to pray while he sent a message to Prophet Isaiah. Isaiah relayed the Lord's message to the king-the Assyrian king would return to his land and be killed, which came to pass.
It was rumored that the Pharaoh of Egypt (25 dynasty) was going to attack Assyria, so the king went home. Before leaving, he sent a last letter to Hezekiah: Let not your God, in whom you trust, deceive you by promising that Jerusalem will not be handed over to the king of Assyria. Look, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to the countries: they completely destroyed
them. Will you be rescued?
Challenging God was he? God wins every time. All would soon see that.
LET IT GROW
What did Hezekiah do when he received such a letter?
He took the letter from the hand of the messengers, read it, then went up to the Temple, and spread it out before the LORD. Then Hezekiah prayed.
Liberty Bible Commentary explains that Hezekiah's prayer included 4 points:
- He recognized God's sovereignty, (verse 15) that He had complete authority over what He created;
- the pagan Sennacherib had defied the living and sovereign God;
- Sennacherib had indeed destroyed other nations and other gods, for the
LET IT GO