Assyrian empire was at its peak during the time period when Hezekiah was
king of Judah and Isaiah served as Godís prophet. King Shalmaneser had
conquered the northern kingdom of Israel around 727 B.C. He was
succeeded by Sennacherib, who decided to conquer the Kingdom of Judah as
well. The Assyrian army began their onslaught by taking control of the
surrounding countryside, with the intent to lay siege to Jerusalem and
destroy what remained of Israel. Even though Hezekiah was walking with
the Lord and had removed all idol worship from Judah, he was still not
sure that God could save his kingdom, so he decided to be a good
politician and offer tribute to Sennacherib. He used diplomacy to avoid
a war and ordered the walls of Jerusalem to be strengthened at the same
Sennacherib took the tribute money and ordered the attack on Jerusalem
nonetheless. General Rabshakeh and a large portion of the army laid
siege to Jerusalem, but instead of storming the city, they tried to talk
the Jewish people into surrendering and disobeying King Hezekiah.
Instead of reaching out to God at the beginning of this threat, Hezekiah
tried to take care of the problem in the flesh, but now he was desperate
and asked Isaiah to intercede on behalf of Judah.
received a written ultimatum from the Assyrians and he took the letter
to the temple and cried out to God. The Lord responded to the prayers
and sent a message via Isaiah that He would take care of the Assyrians.
God said that Sennacherib would not come against Jerusalem. Then the
Lord sent an angel to kill 166,000 Assyrian soldiers encamped around
Jerusalem. When Sennacherib received the bad news, he returned to his
capitol and was only back one day before he was assassinated in the
temple of his false god.
look upon this historical event, it is important to realize that God has
a solution to every problem, and if we are willing to trust Him, He will
certainly take care of us. This is a message you donít want to miss!
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Yours in Christ,
Pastor John S. Torell