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2 Kings 19

2 Kings 19

God’s response to Assyria, and God’s deliverance for his faithful

When Hezekiah heard the demands of the Assyrians he was moved to anguish and inquired of the Eternal.  This is exactly what we should be doing when we learn of our sins and the coming correction from the Eternal.

2 Kings 19:1 And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the LORD. 19:2 And he sent Eliakim, which was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.

19:3 And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and blasphemy; for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth. 19:4 It may be the LORD thy God will hear all the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living God; and will reprove the words which the LORD thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that are left.

19:5 So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.

Even so, let today’s Ekklesia sincerely repent and turn with righteous zeal and passionate enthusiasm to live by every Word of God; following the example of Hezekiah the righteous king; so that we may also be delivered from the enemy of God. 

If we sincerely turn and repent of our idolatry to embrace the whole Word of God with passionate love and zeal, surely the enemy will turn to rend us in the hope that we will be discouraged and give up.  Then if we RUN to our Deliverer; HE shall lift us up on that day! 

Sentence is passed on the king of Assyria by the word of God.

19:6 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say to your master, Thus saith the LORD, Be not afraid of the words which thou hast heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. 19:7 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and shall return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.

19:8 So Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah: for he had heard that he was departed from Lachish. 19:9 And when he heard say of Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, Behold, he is come out to fight against thee:

The king of Assyria hears that Ethiopia is readying to fight against him and goes home, sending a message against God to Hezekiah.

. . . he sent messengers again unto Hezekiah, saying, 19:10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God in whom thou trustest deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria. 19:11 Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, by destroying them utterly: and shalt thou be delivered?

19:12 Have the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers have destroyed; as Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden which were in Thelasar? 19:13 Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivah?

The king of Assyria calls the Eternal just another idol and false god; and Hezekiah runs to the Eternal with the letter and places his hope in God Almighty! 

Good for you Hezekiah! May all those who are afflicted by the enemies of God for their faithfulness and zeal, also run to the Eternal the Mighty Refuge of his faithful!

19:14 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.

Hezekiah prays a prayer for deliverance that we should all also pray as we face our trials in life.

It is to the great shame of many, that they try to save themselves by turning away from their zeal for God and his Word: instead of trusting in our Mighty One who is Wonderful and Awesome to Save.  Truly today’s spiritual Ekklesia has become a faithless and foolish people!

19:15 And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said,

O LORD God of Israel, which dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth. 19:16 LORD, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, LORD, thine eyes, and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent him to reproach the living God.

19:17 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the nations and their lands, 19:18 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them.

19:19 Now therefore, O LORD our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD God, even thou only.

At the conclusion of his prayer Hezekiah explains one of the various purposes of our trials.  Then God answered his faithful king of Judah by Isaiah God’s servant.

19:20 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.

This is God’s answer to all those who afflict his faithful; whether they be enemies outside, or inside the assemblies.  God will care for his zealously faithful!  God will correct those who follow their idols of men contrary to the Word of God!

When the various assemblies persecute and drive out the passionately faithful; the faithful shall be delivered by the Eternal, while the persecutors will fall into great correction. 

Jesus warned his faithful that the zealous for him would be persecuted and driven out of the synagogues [congregations] 

John 16:1   These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues [congregations]: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.  16:3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. 16:4 But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.

The faithful have nothing to fear from men; their safety is the Eternal their refuge.

2 Kings 19:21 This is the word that the LORD hath spoken concerning him; The virgin the daughter of Zion hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee. 19:22 Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel.

By persecuting the passionately faithful to God and his Word, today’s wicked elders and leaders are reproaching the Eternal!  Therefore they will be corrected not only for their own lack of zeal, but for persecuting those who are faithful! 

Matthew 23:13 speaks of the ancient Pharisees and about today’s Laodicean church of God and the leaders and elders who have apostatized themselves to follow idols of men and will not follow the Eternal.

Matthew 23:13  But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

This message of God to Assyria is a prophecy of that time and is also a spiritual allegory of God saving his faithful.

2 Kings 19:23 By thy messengers thou hast reproached the LORD,

The thoughts of the enemy of God and the enemies of spiritual Israel who have infiltrated the Ekklesia today, are to exalt themselves and their own ways against the whole Word of God.

. . . and hast said, With the multitude of my chariots I am come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon, and will cut down the tall cedar trees thereof, and the choice fir trees thereof: and I will enter into the lodgings of his borders, and into the forest of his Carmel. 19:24 I have digged and drunk strange waters, and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of besieged places.

God says, Assyria you have come up against weak and small peoples and God went before you; which has increased your pride.  But when you exalt yourself against the Eternal you shall be brought down. 

All those who claim to be converted begin to exalt their own ways against the Word of God will be corrected.

19:25 Hast thou not heard long ago how I have done it, and of ancient times that I have formed it? now have I brought it to pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste fenced cities into ruinous heaps. 19:26 Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded; they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the house tops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up.

19:27 But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy rage against me. 19:28 Because thy rage against me and thy tumult is come up into mine ears, therefore I will put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest.

19:29 And this shall be a sign unto thee Ye shall eat this year such things as grow of themselves, and in the second year that which springeth of the same; and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruits thereof. 19:30 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall yet again take root downward, and bear fruit upward. 19:31 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this.

19:32 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it. 19:33 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the LORD.

19:34 For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.

Then the God who later gave up his God-hood to become flesh as Jesus Christ killed 185,000 Assyrians in that one night.

19:35 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.

19:36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh. 19:37 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his [own] sons smote him with the sword: and they escaped into the land of Armenia. And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.

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