2 Kgs 18:1-37
Hezekiah, the son of Ahaz began to reign in Judah at twenty five years old, and he was said to do what was right in the sight of God like David. He removed the high places and destroy the images the people worshipped. He also trusted God and kept his commandments, so God was with Hezekiah and prospered him, giving him victory over the Philistines and helping him resist the king of Assyria.
In the fourteenth year of Hezekiah’s reign however, Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against and took all the fenced cities of Judah. This forced Hezekiah to give him all the silver that was found in the house of the Lord and in the king’s house. The king of Assyria however still sent his men, Tartan, Rabsaris and Rabshakeh, and a great host with them against Jerusalem.
Rabshakeh then spoke very fearful words to the men on the wall of the city, speaking out threats, and asking them not to believe Hezekiah would deliver them from the great host of the Assyrians. He reminded them that Israel was powerless against Assyria, as well as the other nations, and that Judah would be no exception. At Hezekiah’s command, his men did not say any word to Rabshakeh as the chapter ends.
What happened after all these threats, with this great host against Judah? We would soo find out as we continue.
Some verses to remember
3-5: And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father did. He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan. He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.
19 And Rabshakeh said unto them, Speak ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein thou trustest?