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Today's text from the ESV Study Bible: Isaiah 37-39.
I am currently sitting in the Atlanta airport, after getting up at 2:45 a.m. to catch a plane. ACK!
I only have a few minutes to write my post today, so I am going to reprint my post from last year.
However, let me say this. What a great story on so many levels. A good king prays, and God answers in a very powerful way.
From last year...
Sennacherib is a bad dude. He has been conquering kingdom, after kingdom, in 700 BC.
He now sends his emissary to Judah, where the prophet Isaiah, and King Hezekiah lived, and told them that before he was done they would be "eating their dung, and drinking their urine". "Furthermore", says the emissary, "your God is no better than all these other gods, who fell at my feet, and I am gonna kick your God's butt too!"
Well, this creates a panic in Judah, because this Sennacherib dude is a major bully. He has conquered every land in his path.
King Hezekiah is major league shaken' in his boots, and sends for Isaiah:
Isaiah then tells King Hezekiah to chill:
Then King Hezekiah prays to the LORD:
Then, Isaiah comes back and says, "Thus says the Lord!...concerning him [Sennacherib]" This is somewhat long so here is the link, but I particularly liked this part:
and your going out and coming in,
and your raging against me.
29 Because you have raged against me
and your complacency has come to my ears,
I will put my hook in your nose
and my bit in your mouth,
and I will turn you back on the way
by which you came.’
Then God follows through:
36 And the angel of the Lord went out and struck down a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians. And when people arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies. 37 Then Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and returned home and lived at Nineveh. 38 And as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, Adrammelech and Sharezer, his sons, struck him down with the sword. And after they escaped into the land of Ararat, Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place.
Our God is a mighty God, he reigns in heaven on high. And even incredibly more, this God, is our Father.
When we are standing toe to toe, with the Sennacheribs of our lives, this story is a great reminder.
This historical account of God's workings, from 2,800 years ago, strengthens my soul today.