When Hezekiah, king of Judah, hears the message against Judah and the Lord from Sennacherib, king of Assyria, which is delivered by the Rabshakeh, Hezekiah sends his servants to inquire of Isaiah. Isaiah says do not fear bc the Lord is going to 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.” “Then the Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah, for he heard that he had departed from Lachish…” But Sennacherib isn’t through with bullying Judah so he sends a threatening letter to Hezekiah.
Hezekiah prays to God to hear and see “all the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God.” Isaiah gives a word from the Lord regarding arrogant Sennacherib. Sennacherib thinks that all of his military success has been bc of his own awesomeness. The Lord lets him know how ignorant he is. God says everything Sennacherib did was orchestrated by the Lord. “From ancient times that I formed it? Now I have brought it to pass, that you should be for crushing fortified cities into heaps of ruins.”
The Lord goes on to say that Sennacherib will not come into the city. “For I will defend this city, to save it for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.” And since God always delivers on His Word; an angel of the Lord kills 185,000 mighty men of Assyria. Then Sennacherib returns home and while he is worshipping in the temple of Nisroch, a false god, his own sons kill him with a sword. “Thus the Lord saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the hand of all others, and guided them on every side. And many brought gifts to the Lord at Jerusalem, and presents to Hezekiah king of Judah, so that he was exalted in the sight of all nations thereafter.”
Tomorrow Hezekiah gets haughty and shows off his wealth to some guys from Babylon which may come back to haunt him. Keep reading to find out.
(2 Kings 19:1-19, Isaiah 37:1-20, 2 Chronicles 32:9-19, 2 Kings 19:20-37, Isaiah 37:21-38, 2 Chronicles 32: 20-23)