A mighty power approached the people of God

Isaiah Bible Background

10.06.2016 – Old Testament: Isa 36.1–3

To read the Bible in a year, read Isaiah 34–36 on October 6, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

One of the most powerful nations ever approached Jerusalem with the full intent of smashing the city,

Now it came to pass in the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah that Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and took them. Then the king of Assyria sent the Rabshakeh with a great army from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem. And he stood by the aqueduct from the upper pool, on the highway to the Fuller’s Field. And Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came out to him (Isaiah 36.1–3). 

Assyria crushed anyone they desired. What would they do with Jerusalem? Could they take the city? No, because King Hezekiah presented himself and the situation to the Lord, and no one can smash the God of heaven.

Questions:

  • What do you do when insurmountable odds face you?
  • Do you know how to pray about the matter? (Read Isaiah 37 to read Hezekiah’s prayer.)

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