As we saw in the first study, Hezekiah was
one good man! We saw a revival in
2 Chron 31:20-32:1 This is what
Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and right and faithful
before the LORD his God. In everything that he undertook in the service of
God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God
and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered. After all that Hezekiah had so faithfully done, Sennacherib king of
After these acts of faithfulness… what happens? He is invaded! Some would try and tell you that faithfulness leads to comfort and ease, while sin leads to trouble and strife. The word of God repeatedly tells us that ‘everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.’ (2 Tim 3:12) This is what we see with Hezekiah here. His godly stance led to opposition. Satan doesn’t like revival… He doesn’t like people turning back to God. No surprises there, but thankfully He doesn’t get the last word!
2 Kings 18:13-15 In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah’s
reign, Sennacherib king of
So the King of Assyria attacked the cities
2 Chron 32:2-5 When Hezekiah saw
that Sennacherib had come and that he intended to make war on Jerusalem, he
consulted with his officials and military staff about blocking off the water
from the springs outside the city, and they helped him… Then he worked hard repairing all the
broken sections of the wall and building towers on it. He built another
wall outside that one and reinforced the supporting terraces of the City of
Faced with the fact that the enemy cannot
be bought off, Hezekiah begins to focus his attention on their defence. There
were new walls to be erected and broken sections to be repaired. Towers were
constructed, and weapons and shields were made. While Hezekiah may still have
been thinking in the natural, there is considerable spiritual relevance in
these verse for us. The Bible shows that the walls around
But notice that there were areas of the wall that needed repair. Also, weapons and shields had to be made. Now, I’m no military expert, but I do enjoy cowboy movies and I’ve come to the conclusion that it is better to have these things in place before the enemy attacks! But are we any different? What I mean is, often, when things are easy and going well, there is a tendency to let things slide a little. The closeness of our daily relationship with God can suffer. Quiet times with God can slip. It seems to be human nature. But when the King of Assyria assaults us… boy, watch us move to rebuild those walls then! We call on the Lord, consume our Bibles, double our quiet times… oh dear, do things never change? Call me old fashioned if you must, but it still seems better to have the armour and defence ready BEFORE the enemy attacks!
2 Chron 32:6-8 He appointed
military officers over the people and
assembled them before him in the square at the city gate and encouraged them
with these words: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because
of the king of
Finally we start seeing the strength that was within Hezekiah! Awesome words in the midst of extreme difficulty that show his dependency upon God. Hopelessly outnumbered in the natural, yet confident in the Lord! The passage above says that he encouraged his people with his words. It also says that the people ‘gained confidence’ from what Hezekiah said. The NASB says the ‘people relied on the words of Hezekiah’. Do you know someone right now in the midst of difficulty? Do you know that you can impart faith through the words of truth you speak to them? Isn’t it awesome that frightened people can ‘gain confidence’ through what you say? And what was it that Hezekiah said? Well, it was a truth as old as creation itself. The message of faith that never changes! ‘They rely on their own strength, we rely on the Lord’ Hezekiah said. ‘And, unless you have any doubts, greater is He that is with us. Take courage for the Lord will fight for us!’ No wonder the people gained confidence!
2 Chron 32:9-14 Later, when
Sennacherib king of Assyria and all his forces were laying siege to Lachish, he sent his officers to Jerusalem with this
message for Hezekiah king of Judah and for all the people of Judah who were
there: “This is what
Sennacherib king of Assyria says: On
what are you basing your confidence, that you remain in Jerusalem under
siege? When Hezekiah says, ‘The LORD our
God will save us from the hand of the king of
Did you hear it? Are your ears open? Can you not just hear the hiss of the serpent when you read the words of Sennacherib, King of Assyria? Look at all the doubt that he tries to instil in Hezekiah’s people. Look also at the attention that he tries to draw towards his own strength and the open mockery of Hezekiah’s God. Sennacherib may have sent the message but I have no doubt that the Serpent was whispering in his ear as he wrote! This passage illustrates quite clearly how the enemy operates in trying to discourage God’s people in the midst of a difficulty. He will do anything to get people’s thoughts off how mighty God is, and onto the trouble at hand. He wants them to operate by sight, not by faith. ‘How can your God deliver you from my hand’ Sennacherib proudly boasts! ‘No nation or gods have been able to stop me! That which you have feared will come upon you!’ Nothing really changes. Circumstances, and God’s people may change, but the doubts and accusations proceeding from the mouth of the enemy sure don’t!
2 Chron 32:15-19 Now do not let
Hezekiah deceive you and mislead you like this. Do not believe him, for no god
of any nation or kingdom has been able to deliver his people from my hand or
the hand of my fathers. How much less will your god deliver you from my hand!”…Then they called out in Hebrew to the
And so the dribble continues… what is interesting is that God has recorded these words of Sennacherib in three separates places in His word (2 Chron 32, 2 Kings 18, Isaiah 36) so it must be important. Look also at the reason that the enemy spoke to Hezekiah’s men guarding the wall – it says that the King of Assyria wanted to terrify them in order to capture the city. Great fear has a way of doing that! Fear and worry are always the result of dwelling on the difficulty of the situation at hand. But faith is stronger than fear. The men on the wall did well to keep their mouths shut and not dwell on the enemy’s words. In fact, Hezekiah specifically told them, as is recorded in 2 Kings ‘But the people remained silent and said nothing in reply, because the king had commanded, “Do not answer him.”
Good sound advice that… In fact if Eve had followed this, things may be slightly different today!
2 Chron 32:20-21 King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz cried out in prayer to heaven about this. And the LORD sent an angel, who annihilated all the fighting men and the leaders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king. So he withdrew to his own land in disgrace. And when he went into the temple of his god, some of his sons cut him down with the sword.
Backed into a corner, with the whole Assyrian army bearing down upon them, King Hezekiah and the Prophet Isaiah cried out to the Lord in prayer. While the prayer is not recorded in 2nd Chronicles, thankfully 2 Kings 19 does. Have a read of a prayer from a man who knows His God.
Now I really like that! See how Hezekiah
took the enemies letter and spread it out before the Lord in the temple… It’s a
simple act of faith that shows that Hezekiah’s problems soon became God’s
problems! And I love his prayer because it is so very simple. In fact, the note
in my Ryrie Study Bible calls it a ‘childlike prayer’. Notice how Hezekiah
doesn’t ask for deliverance for his, or even
And God was pleased to answer such a prayer. How could He not? If you read further in 2 Kings 19 you will see that the Lord sent word through Isaiah His prophet that He would deliver them, and deliver them He did!
While it is a separate topic from this study, see the footnotes for some comments concerning the latter days of Hezekiah’s reign.
This study on Hezekiah has been a study of godliness under pressure! Under attack and facing extreme pressure, Hezekiah was still able to receive deliverance and strength from the Lord in his time of need. We can learn from him! It is doubtful that the King of Assyria himself is going to come against your house, but trials and difficulties certainly will! May we also, like Hezekiah, display godliness under pressure, as we learn to take the Lord as our strength.
 We see very similar responses from the enemy here as we did in the book of Nehemiah. When Hezekiah first started drawing the people back to God it says that his messengers were ‘laughed to scorn and mocked. (2 Chron 30:10) Now we see that he is being physically attacked by the King of Assyria! If you have read the study on Nehemiah you will remember that when Nehemiah started rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem the enemy first tried mockery and discouragement (Neh 4:1-6) and when that was less than successful, they conspired to attack and kill Nehemiah and his men. (Neh 4:7-12) Exactly what we see here!
 See Isaiah 60:18, Prov 25:28, Prov 18:10-11, Psalm
144:1-2, Eph 6:13-18. I really like the contrast in Proverbs 18:10-11 ‘The name
of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. The wealth
of the rich is their fortified city; they
imagine it an unscalable wall.’ Those that know
God put there hope in Him. The rich put their hope in money. They imagine it to
be an unscalable wall! What a joke. No, the Lord is
our wall, our strong tower. With this in mind we should be careful to do as
Psalm 48:12,13 says ‘Walk around
 In the second part of Pilgrims Progress, when Christiana is
travelling to the
 What Hezekiah said in this passage is timeless! It is the exact
same message Joshua and Caleb gave to a frightened
 The bottom line, as Christian found out in Pilgrims Progress, is that the path to the Celestial City (Heaven) runs right through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, the Hill of Difficulty, the Valley of Humiliation, and often very close to doubting castle and giant despair! Each place has different difficulties of its own. How important it is then to live by faith! You may waver between faith and fear - don’t we all? But in the end may you come back to, focus upon, and take strength from, Hezekiah’s words – ‘there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.’
 After this great victory that the Lord gave to Hezekiah, we read ‘many brought offerings to
‘In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. He prayed to the LORD, who answered him and gave him a miraculous sign. But Hezekiah’s heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown him…’
How careful we have to be! How wicked is the sinful nature that dwells within us? Even after the Lord has graciously given us deliverance and victory, the pride of our own heart would have us believe we played a great and important role in it! Foolish fallen humanity! Hezekiah was obviously human after all and prone to the same pride that we are. How good it is to read that
‘Then Hezekiah repented of the pride of his
heart, as did the people of
So, I guess the moral of the story is spelled out for us through this New Testament scripture –
‘What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?’ 1 Cor 4:7
So let us give glory where glory should be… with God!