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Read Isaiah 36


Today’s Scripture: In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah’s reign, Sennacherib king of Assyria attacked all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them. Isaiah 36:1


Except for David and Solomon, no king of Judah is given more attention or commendation in Scripture than Hezekiah. He restored the temple facilities and services of worship, destroyed the idols and the hill shrines where the people falsely worshipped Jehovah, and sought to bring the people back to vital faith in the Lord. He led the people in a nationwide celebration of Passover and invited Jews from the northern kingdom to participate.


After the fall of the northern kingdom in 722 BC, Judah had constant

problems with Assyria. Hezekiah finally rebelled against Assyria (2 Kings

18:7); and when Sennacherib, the Assyrian king, threatened to attack,

Hezekiah tried to bribe him (Isa. 36:13–16). It was a lapse of faith that God could not bless. Sennacherib accepted the treasures but broke the treaty (33:1) and invaded Judah in 701 BC. The account of God’s miraculous deliverance of His people is found in Isaiah 36—37. Though the setting today may be different, the problems and temptations are still the same; for Hezekiah’s history is our history, and Hezekiah’s God is our God.


Something to Ponder

When you, like Hezekiah, “inherit” something that all your predecessors

have made a mess of, do you do what’s easy and go with the flow, or do

what’s hard and correct the situation?


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