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READING: 2 Kings 19-20 – Hezekiah Consults Isaiah & His Illness + Visitors from Babylon 


When Hezekiah heard what the Rabshakeh said and how he had spoken of the Lord, he tore his clothes and went into the Temple. He sent his aides to tell Isaiah how the Rabshekah had spoken. Isaiah told the aides to tell Hezekiah, “Thus says the LORD: Do not be afraid because of the words with which the servants of the King of Assyria have reviled me. I will put a spirit in him, so he shall return to his land; I will cause Sennacherib to fall by the sword.” 

After the end of chapter 18, the Rabshakeh left his army at Jerusalem and went to consult with his King, Sennacherib, who sent messengers back to Jerusalem to warn Hezekiah not to rely on God to save him, He said, “You have heard what kings of Assyria have done to all lands, destroying them utterly. Have the gods of the nations delivered them?” and listed nine nations and cities the Assyrians had destroyed. 

Hezekiah went into the Temple and laid that letter before God. He prayed, “O LORD, God of Israel You are God, You alone. Hear how Sennacherib has sent to mock You. Truly, Assyria has laid waste nations and hurled gods into the fire, though they were not gods but wood and stone. O LORD, save us, I pray you, from his hand so all the earth may know that You, are God alone.” 

Isaiah sent word to Hezekiah that God heard his prayer. “That night the angel of the Lord struck down one hundred eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians.” Sennacherib went home where he died when two of his sons killed him with the sword. 

Hezekiah became sick. Isaiah said to him, “Set your house in order, for you shall die.” Isaiah left, and Hezekiah turned to the wall and prayed, weeping bitterly, “LORD, remember how I walked before you faithfully wholeheartedly, and have done right in your sight.” Before Isaiah got past the middle court of the palace, the LORD sent him back to tell Hezekiah he would have 15 more years and that the LORD would deliver Jerusalem from the Assyrians. 

Hezekiah asked, what will be the sign I have 15 years? Isaiah asked if the sun dial should go forward 10 spaces or back 10 spaces. Hezekiah said let it go back 10 spaces, which it did. 

The king of Babylon heard Hezekiah had been sick; he sent envoys with letters and a present. He showed them all the gold, armaments, and treasures accumulated by him and his ancestors. Isaiah asked who those men were, where they come from, and what he showed them? When Hezekiah said he showed them everything, Isaiah said the day comes when all these things will be taken to Babylon. 

In Isaiah’s account of this, his prophecies turn from Assyria and the nations around Israel to the Babylonian Exile of Judah.

Big mistake! 

Lose focus and lose everything 

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PRAY FOR YOURSELF 

Holy Father, I love how Hezekiah prayed. Help me to learn from him and his prayers that I may learn to lean on you more and on myself less. Draw me closer to You that I may live in the shelter of Your Love! This, I pray, in the sweet name of Jesus, AMEN! 

MY PRAYER FOR YOU (AND FOR MYSELF )

Oh Lord, let me learn from Hezekiah that it is o.k. to pray that you may live even when You have already given a sentence of death. Hezekiah wrestled with You the same way Jacob and Abraham did. Let us live Our Savior also wrestled with You in Gethsemane. It is in His precious name that I pray for myself and all readers, AMEN! 

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