The 14th year of King Hezekiah’s reign
The threats from King Sennacherib of Assyria. Hezekiah tried to peacefully send him away but all the tribute money would not make him withdraw.
Assyrian’s commander’s came to confront the King. They brought bullish words and wanted to speak out loud in Hebrew for all of Jerusalem to hear! It was a act of intimidation and their conceded force! They made fun and insulted the One True God!
How would you respond to this? 18:36, “….but the people were silent and did not utter a word because Hezekiah’s had commanded them, “do not answer him”. The power struggle had to do with much more then just words back at the commanders but about who they served! Everything had spiritual applications in it, the Assyrians were trying to proclaim that their King was a powerful god! Of Course they had actions to back up the destruction they could have on a country, but Jerusalem was told to not say anything. What could they really say, I believe there was a great knowledge of their Yahweh, but I am sure there was some questions of whether or not they had been faithful to Him. Leadership had to show what to do! King Hezekiah laid it all before The Lord.
19:14-16 “Then Hezekiah prayed before the face of Yahweh and said, “O Yahweh, God of Israel who lives above the cherubim. You are God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the world; you have made the heavens and the earth. 16 Incline your ears and hear; open, O Yahweh, your eyes and see and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to insult the living God. ”
I read this morning “For The Lord delights in his people; He crowns the humble with victory” Psalm 149:4, King David knew this and King Hezekiah came to know this here in this passage, because he brought the horrifying threat and destructive fear to the Greatest King of All! He bowed his fear and obvious future destruction under the Power of the Almighty! God brought salvation to them! “An Angel Neutralizes the Assyrian Army”
35 “It happened in that night that an angel of Yahweh went out, and he struck down one hundred and eighty-five thousand in the camp of Assyria. When they got up early in the morning, look! All of them were dead corpses. 36 Then Sennacherib king of Assyria set out and went and returned and lived in Nineveh. ”
No one could say they conquered the Assyrians, Yahweh did it! It is interesting that King Sennacherib went to Nineveh, it was like God was preparing Nineveh for when Jonah would come and tell then about Yahweh!
This is the One True God we serve He sees all and knows all! I have learned so much about trust through this story! If you are in a place where destructive threats are coming from the enemy! Lay it before our King! He has a plan and knows how He will deliver you!
Remember He delights in you and has it all worked out!