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II Kings 18:13-19:37

I have always thought about Hezekiah’s first attempt at getting Assyria to leave its borders by means of monetary persuasions when I’m faced with a threatening situation. Appeasement only works for a short time because the enemy will always be back.

Stripping the gold from the doors of the Temple is kind of like taking the things we may have designated to God, be it monetary or our time and talents, and diverting them to another area effecting our lives as if the problem will go away, it won’t. It’s best to deal head on with the issue, but I know that it is a very hard thing to do. We want to take the path of least resistance; however, that path always seems to take us back to the point where we started, Sennacherib knocking at the door.


19:14After Hezekiah received the letter and read it, he went up to the LORD's Temple and spread it out before the LORD.

I believe the prayer prayed is a model for us to use when we feel threatened and overwhelmed. This prayer stated the truth; the Assyriaian army had conquered every country they attacked, but in the threat against Judah, the God of gods had been challenged and Hezekiah was running to the name of the Lord, his high tower.

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe.


Acts 21:1-7

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) is quoted as saying,

“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything” In order to take a stand one must be firm in planting ones feet on the ground becoming immovable from the position they have taken even to the point of death. To Fall for anything is not really living ones life to the fullest it is only existing. Paul found something to die for, thus he lived life to the max.

Mark 8:36

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (KJV)

Psalm 149:1-9

5 Let the faithful rejoice in this honor.
Let them sing for joy as they lie on their beds.

I’m thinking that singing for joy as I lie in my bed may be a wonderful way to prepare myself for sleep. Praising God with a glad heart and a joyful spirit may just usher me into a night of wonderful sleep. Hmmm, I won’t know unless I try.

Proverbs 18:8

If rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into the heart than one who loves to hear “secrets” at the expense of the reputation of others, getting their ears tickled with “good” stuff will themselves become spreaders of rumors and not be listeners only

Luke 6:45The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. (NIV)

I like the comment / challenge for us from observing the life of Hezekiah:

“Why do we turn to alcohol or drugs or food or worrying or whatever - can we simply take our challenges to the one true living God who can actually do something with them?”

2 Kings 19 (NKJV)
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And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.
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Then Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said: “O LORD God of Israel, THE ONE WHO DWELLS BETWEEN THE CHERUBIM, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.
16
Incline Your ear, O LORD, and hear; open Your eyes, O LORD, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God.
17
TRULY, LORD, THE KINGS OF ASSYRIA HAVE LAID WASTE the nations and their lands,
18
and have cast their gods into the fire; for they were not gods, but the work of men’s hands—wood and stone. Therefore they destroyed them.
19
NOW THEREFORE, O LORD OUR GOD, I PRAY, SAVE US FROM HIS HAND, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the LORD God, You alone.”

MY NOTE:
Note the verses highlighted in all capital letters:
a. God is the One Who Dwells Between The Cherubim

b. It Is True, O Lord, That The Enemy Has Laid Waste

c. Now, O Lord Our God, Save Us, So That All May Know That You Alone Are God.

I like the simple and direct frankness and honesty of Hezehiah:
* You are the God of Mercy

* The enemy has killed many others and plans to kill us

* Deliver us so all can know that You God alone are the true God.

A. What are cherubim? According to the website, hebrew4christians.com (http://hebrew4christians.com/Glossary/Hebrew_Glossary_-_K/hebrew_glossary_-_k.html), this is the meaning of cherubim:

Keruv / Keruvim (Cherubim)
noun. Cherub / Cherubim. Heavenly creatures (angels) who guarded the wa to the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:24).

In the context of this passage in 2 Kings, the cherubim are connected with the ark of the covenant, which is related to God’s Presence.

GOD’S PRESENCE - From the same website, hebrew4christians.com (http://hebrew4christians.com/Glossary/Hebrew_Glossary_-_Sh/hebrew_glossary_-_sh.html)

Shechinah
noun. Shechinah; Divine Presence; Inspiration. Sometimes used to refer to the Presence of God and specifically when it dwelt (rested) between the Keruvim (Cherubim) over the Seat of Atonement of the Ark of the Testimony in the Kodesh Hakodeshim (Holy of Holies).

God’s Presence is always honored and manifest where His chosen sacrifice for our sins is. In that place, there is peace (Shalom – which is completeness for the entire human being: spirit, soul, and body).

God longs to be close to each of us, and it is where God’s chosen sacrifice is honored where God can reveal Himself to man.

Hezekiah and the people of Israel were unified together under the authority of the Blood covenant of the Lord God of Mercy. Today, we can do the same.

Jesus is the Perfect Sacrifice of God, and we are His Body on this earth. We are called to walk in unity with one another—not always in perfect agreement on every point—but in agreement under the Lordship of Jesus and His Blood. We can pray for one another, and we can pray together for those who need Jesus. Finally, we can pray as one against the evil in the world.

As we do that, the Father manifest His very glory to us.

John 17 (NKJV)
22
And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:
23
I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

Terrorism does not have to rule and reign on the earth as long as Jesus is Lord, and as long as the people of God unite in prayer and fasting under the Blood covenant of the Lord God of Mercy in Jesus’ Name.

Acts 21 (NKJV)
14
When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, "The Lord's will be done."

NOTE:
Many times I have said “The Lord’s will be done” in a way that was really unbelief. I did not want to take time to wait, surrender, and hear from God.

So, at that time, for me to say, “The Lord’s will be done”, was really an excuse to not seek God.

There is nothing passive about following God. Yes, there can be wonderful times of rest.

But, we are called to truly and actively seek the Lord’s will, and then pray, “The Lord’s will be done”.

Ephesians 5 (NKJV)
15
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,
16
redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17
Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

John 1 (NKJV)
12
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name

NOTES FROM THE FULL LIFE STUDY BIBLE:
John 1:12 – BELIEVED
“It is important to note that John never uses the noun ‘belief’ (Greek – pistis). Yet he uses the verb ‘believe’ (Greek – pisteuo) 98 times. For John, saving faith is an activity, something that people do. True faith is not a static belief and trust in Jesus and His redeeming work, but a loving, self-abandoning commitment that constantly draws one near to Him as Lord and Savior.”

Psalm 149 (NKJV)
4
For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.
5
Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds.
6
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand,
7
To execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples;
8
To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;
9
To execute on them the written judgment— this honor have all His saints. Praise the LORD!

NOTE:
What a place of honor and privilege for us, as the people of God! Also… what a calling!

Fulfilling our calling—or fulfilling the vision of how GOD HIMSELF SEES US—then, is the reason for the great urgency for developing and using the activity of faith – that “loving, self-abandoning commitment that constantly draws one near to Him as Lord and Savior.”

How do we as the people of God conquer?

While God may use a government through military force when needed, God never calls the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ to conquer that way.

According to Romans 13:4, God created a government to “not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.”

Where there is a government which is oppressing people and doing evil things, that government and its leaders will be held strictly accountable.

We are called to conquer through spiritual weapons—prayer, fasting, intercession, and the power of the living God through us who are not worthy. Yet, God has made us worthy in Jesus.

Vance


Awesome! We just read through Acts ch 21-22 at church sunday night, so when i come to certain parts in my readings here, i remember what my pastor said.
Ugh, i dont like rumors or gossip, not that i'm innocent myself. I think its just our sin nature to gossip and pass on rumors, but God help us with that! Rumors are not valid to me, but i think they are still dangerous because once you hear them, your opinion of that person may be tainted. and yes, it will infect your heart.

Question...

Is the prophet Isaiah, first mentioned in 2 Kings 19:2, the same Isaiah who's book we will be reading later this year?

Yours in Christ
Skip

Thank you so much for sharing your daily thoughts from the Scriptures. It is my prayers that your very detailed Bible background as well as the pictures will give the readers more impressions on the Scriptures as they read it. May I request for the whole book of Ephesians for next week? If not convenient for you for the whole book, just chapters 3 & 5. Thank you & God bless.

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