In reading 2 Chronicles 31:1 – 32:1-23, Hezekiah did what was good, right, and faithful throughout Judah. The priests and Levites were assigned duties such as presenting burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, to minister, to give thanks and sing praises at the gates of the Lord’s dwelling (V. 31:2).
Hezekiah took some strategic measures to protect Jerusalem from invasion by Assyria. He also gave the people confidence because he explained that God was with them. Leaders of today could learn from Hezekiah’s example of understanding that fears can be overcome when there is a desire to do what’s right and give their followers assurance that God is there to help.
Reading further, we see that enemies of Jerusalem tried to destroy their confidence. Messages were sent by Sennacherib king of Assyria to Hezekiah and all the people of Judah saying that God would not protect them. He went on to say that the other nations had not been protected by their gods and that the God of Israel would not protect them. These were propaganda messages explaining that Hezekiah was lying to his people about the power of the God of Israel.
To combat the taunts of the Assyrians, Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah cried out in prayer to heaven. 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 the Assyrian king withdrew to his own land in disgrace. Later, when he went into the temple of his god, some of his sons cut him down with the sword (V. 32:21).
This day, have confidence because God like a mountain stands rock solid over time and protects us in our time of need. We can take courage, for God is there for us.
- Questions for Reflection for Study of 2 Chronicles 31-36 (thisdaywithgod.wordpress.com)
- Are your prayers big enough? (petitebouchee.wordpress.com)
- Firm Foundation (honeylynbadong.wordpress.com)
- Micah of Moresheth-Gath (graceofourlord.com)