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November 12, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Kings 19 (ESV)

As soon as King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes and covered himself with sackcloth and went into the house of the Lord. And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the secretary, and the senior priests, covered with sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz. They said to him, “Thus says Hezekiah, This day is a day of distress, of rebuke, and of disgrace; children have come to the point of birth, and there is no strength to bring them forth. It may be that the Lord your God heard all the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to mock the living God, and will rebuke the words that the Lord your God has heard; therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left.” When the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah,Isaiah said to them, “Say to your master, ‘Thus says the Lord: Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have reviled me. Behold, I will put a spirit in him, so that he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land, and I will make him fall by the sword in his own land.’”....Continue Reading

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  1. 15 For thus says the One who is high and lifted up,
    who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
    “I dwell in the high and holy place,
    and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit,
    to revive the spirit of the lowly,
    and to revive the heart of the contrite.
    16 For I will not contend forever,
    nor will I always be angry;
    for the spirit would grow faint before me,

  2. 14Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord and spread it before the Lord. 15And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord and said: “O Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. 16Incline your ear, O Lord, and hear; open your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the living God. 17Truly, O Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands 18and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. Therefore they were destroyed. 19So now, O Lord our God, save us, please, from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, O Lord, are God alone.”
    Isaiah Prophesies Sennacherib’s Fall
    20Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Your prayer to me about Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard. 21This is the word that the Lord has spoken concerning him:.

  3. I must admit I read a portion of this chapter last night but then fell asleep. Don’t you hate that? You can do a number of things and not be sleepy, but then you pick up the word or pray and your eyes start closing.

    The information in this chapter is also found in Isaiah 37. And God makes clear here and there that the king of Assyria doesn’t know who he is messing with. The God of Israel is unlike any other foreign God he has faced. Those others may crumble but the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob stands forever and no one can defeat Him. And here He will protect His people. It is good to see Hezekiah’s faith especially after seeing so little of this faith in the kings of Israel. He shows a good pattern for us. When faced with overwhelming odds, we turn to God and trust him for how He will protect and provide. Nothing and no one is bigger or better than Him. And God proves faithful to His word and drives the king of Assyria away, and then he is killed by his sons. Yup, don’t mess with God!!!

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