Hezekiah’s Prayer and Victory over Assyria

2 Kgs 19:1-37

From yesterday, we saw Assyria besiege Jerusalem, and through Rabshakeh, threatening to destroy the whole land. He even went as far as telling the people that they should not allow Hezekiah lead them to believe God would deliver them, the gods of the other lands had been “helpless” when Assyria took the lands.

When Hezekiah was told about all the  threats, he rent his clothes and went into God’s house to pray. He also sent servants to Isaiah, who reassured him that he should not be afraid, God would send a blast, and the king of Assyria would hear a rumour and go back to his own land.

It however did not happen as easily, for we learnt that later, Sennacherib sent another letter to Hezekiah threatening him further, telling him that God would not save him from his hand. At this juncture, Hezekiah took the letter and went into the temple, he laid the letter down before God and prayed. What a king! If current day leaders would hold God as important as Hezekiah did in national affairs, things would definitely be a lot better. In this military issue, Hezekiah called upon the name of the Lord, ad God sent Isaiah to him again, giving him assurance that Sennacherib would not enter the city but return to his own land.

God stepped into action on behalf of Judah, as his angel went through Assyrian host and smote up to 185,000 men before morning. When Sennacherib saw this, he departed from Jerusalem. He was eventually murdered by his own sons, while worshipping his god. Judah’s God delivered them but Sennacherib’s god could not deliver him.

God gives victory when we put our trust in Him. He has promised that he would fight our battles and we would hold our peace. What threats are you receiving today? present them all before God, for he can deal with those who want to deal with you.

Some verses to remember

14: And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.

20: Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, That which thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard.

35:  And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.

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5 thoughts on “Hezekiah’s Prayer and Victory over Assyria

  1. Um, it appears you added wrong. 2 KIN 19:35 lists 185,000 soldiers that were killed, not 5180. The latter number would probably not cripple an army set on sieging a city…

  2. You really need to include info about the artwork you’ve used. It’s unethical to just drop in a pic from the internet without attributing it to the author and providing info.

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