2 Kings 19:32 – June 21, 2022

Therefore, thus says the LORD about the king: He shall not come as far as this city, nor shoot there an arrow, nor confront it with a shield, Nor cast up a siege-work against it. 2 Kings 19:32 NABRE                

The King of Assyria, a powerful nation defeating many nations, including the Northern Kingdom of Jews, Israel, sends a letter to the King of Judah, a remaining remnant in the Southern Kingdom, informing that his army is coming to destroy Jerusalem. The King of Judah takes the letter and spreads it before God, asking for His help. In his prayer the king says Lord you are God alone over all the kingdoms of the earth. God is even the God of the king of Assyria and prevents or allows all the Assyrian kingdom is doing. The King of Judah knows God can save the remnant of Israel, Judah. God hears the King of Judah and responds through the prophet Isaiah indicating the Assyrian army will not reach Jerusalem, they will not confront the city nor cast a siege against it. Ultimately, we read of the destruction of the Assyrian army as they camp, the King of Assyria and his remaining troops return home without attacking Jerusalem. It is a message of the one true God; the King of the Assyrians does not believe in God and writes to the King of Judah there is nothing that will save them, but the King of Judah trusts God, believes in prayer and relies on God to save the people.

This is a significant gesture of faith providing the letter from the king of Assyria for the Lord to read in the temple. God is asked to show Himself as the only one true God. We read in response everything happening is aligned with God’s design, nothing happens without God allowing it. People are saved when their faith in God is absolute.

How do you prepare when hearing upsetting news? Do you trust God to help?

God is asked to show Himself as the only one true God. We read in response everything happening is aligned with God’s design, nothing happens without God allowing it. People are saved when their faith in God is absolute. Click To Tweet

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