2 Kings 19* Hezekiah receives an answer of peace. (1-7) Sennacherib'sletter. (8-19) His fall is prophesied. (20-34) The Assyrian armydestroyed, Sennacherib slain. (35-37)1-7 Hezekiah discovered deep concern at the dishonour done toGod by Rabshakeh's blasphemy. Those who speak from God to us, weshould in a particular manner desire to speak to God for us. Thegreat Prophet is the great Intercessor. Those are likely toprevail with God, who lift up their hearts in prayer. Man'sextremity is God's opportunity. While his servants can speaknothing but terror to the profane, the proud, and thehypocritical, they have comfortable words for the discouragedbeliever. 8-19 Prayer is the never-failing resource of the temptedChristian, whether struggling with outward difficulties orinward foes. At the mercy-seat of his almighty Friend he openshis heart, spreads his case, like Hezekiah, and makes hisappeal. When he can discern that the glory of God is engaged onhis side, faith gains the victory, and he rejoices that he shallnever be moved. The best pleas in prayer are taken from God'shonour. 20-34 All Sennacherib's motions were under the Divinecognizance. God himself undertakes to defend the city; and thatperson, that place, cannot but be safe, which he undertakes toprotect. The invasion of the Assyrians probably had preventedthe land from being sown that year. The next is supposed to havebeen the sabbatical year, but the Lord engaged that the produceof the land should be sufficient for their support during thosetwo years. As the performance of this promise was to be afterthe destruction of Sennacherib's army, it was a sign toHezekiah's faith, assuring him of that present deliverance, asan earnest of the Lord's future care of the kingdom of Judah.This the Lord would perform, not for their righteousness, buthis own glory. May our hearts be as good ground, that his wordmay strike root therein, and bring forth fruit in our lives. 35-37 That night which followed the sending of this message toHezekiah, the main body of their army was slain. See how weakthe mightiest men are before Almighty God. Who ever hardenedhimself against Him and prospered? The king of Assyria's ownsons became his murderers. Those whose children are undutiful,ought to consider whether they have not been so to their Fatherin heaven? This history exhibits a strong proof of the good offirm trust and confidence in God. He will afflict, but notforsake his people. It is well when our troubles drive us to ourknees. But does it not reprove our unbelief? How unwilling arewe to rest on the declaration of Jehovah! How desirous to knowin what way he will save us! How impatient when relief isdelayed! But we must wait for the fulfilling of his word. Lord,help our unbelief.
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