2 Kings 18:13-19:37
2 Corinthians 11:16-33
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2 Kings 19:16-19
16 "Give ear, LORD, and hear; open your eyes, LORD, and see; listen to the words Sennacherib has sent to ridicule the living God. 17 It is true, LORD, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste these nations and their lands. 18
They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they
were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by human hands. 19 Now, LORD our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone, LORD, are God.”
the Assyrian commander came to threaten Jerusalem, he was bold and
intimidating. He wanted them to surrender without a fight. He hurled out
threats in Aramaic to be sure all the bystanders would be able to
understand his graphic description of the horrors they would face if
they resisted. He told them that no other god of any other city had been
able to stop Sennacherib's takeover. He even claimed that the god of
the Israelites had told the Assyrians to attack Jerusalem. He told them
that King Hezekiah had been deceiving his own people.
the face of this powerful enemy, and with his own people terrified and
demoralized, Hezekiah quickly turned to the prophet Isaiah for
counsel. He poured out his heart to God and pleaded for God to
intervene. As he made his appeal for deliverance, he asked God to show
himself to be the true God—the God who was faithful and able to save
his people, the God who was not like the false gods of the surrounding
nations, the God who was worthy of glory and praise.
In the end, God delivered Jerusalem. The words of the prophet Isaiah all came to pass. Incidentally, there is good extra-biblical witness for Sennacherib's withdrawal from Jerusalem and his subsequent death.
Response and Action:
I face bold threats and dangers, I will lean into the Lord. When my
faith is insulted and my God is slandered, I will cry out and ask God to
show his power and faithfulness. I will pray for more than my own
deliverance; I will pray that God's character and actuality are clearly
God, give me a faith that is stronger than the threats I encounter.
Help me to know you so well that I am not shaken or frightened by those
who deny or misrepresent you. Give me the wisdome to trust you in
every situation. Help me to humble myself in the confidence that you
are faithful and will lift me up in due time. Through Christ, I pray.
Spiritual Formation Verses: 1 Peter 5:6-7
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
by John Ortberg