God Defends His People

Posted October 25, 2006

 

Jehovah gave me a wife and it has made many people unhappy. I have had many personal attacks through letters, print media, and television and radio. It has been in my spirit for a couple of weeks, how God put a hook in the nose of Assyria and turned them around for attacking Israel. God has directed me to II Kings 19 where Hezekiah had received some letters from messengers, and he took them up and spread them before the Lord and prayed.

 

II Kings 19:14-19 says, "And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord. v.14

 

And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord, and said, O Lord God of Israel, which dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth. v.15

 

LORD, BOW DOWN THINE EAR, AND HEAR: OPEN, LORD, THINE EYES, AND SEE: AND HEAR THE WORDS OF SENNACHERIB, WHICH HATH SENT HIM TO REPROACH THE LIVING GOD. v.16

 

Of a truth, Lord, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the nations and their lands, v.17

 

And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them. v.18

 

Now therefore, O Lord our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the Lord God, even thou only." v.19

 

Following Hezekiah's prayer to God, the prophet Isaiah was sent to him with these words.

 

Verses 20-37 says, "Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, THAT WHICH THOU HAS PRAYED TO ME against Sennacherib king of Assyria I HAVE HEARD. v.20

 

This is the word that the Lord hath spoken concerning him; THE VIRGIN THE DAUGHTER OF ZION HATH DESPISED THEE, AND LAUGHED THEE TO SCORN; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee. v.21

 

Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel. v.22

 

By thy messengers thou hast reproached the Lord, and hast said, With the multitude of my chariots I am come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon, and will cut down the tall cedar trees thereof, and the choice fir trees thereof: and I will enter into the lodgings of his borders, and into the forest of his Carmel. v.23

 

I have digged and drunk strange waters, and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of besieged places. v.24

 

Hast thou not heard long ago how I have done it, and of ancient times that I have formed it? now have I brought it to pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste fenced cities into ruinous heaps. v.25

Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded; they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the housetops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up. v.26

 

But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy rage against me. v.27

Because thy rage against me and thy tumult is come up into mine ears, therefore I will put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest. v.28

 

And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year such things as grow of themselves, and in the second year that which springeth of the same; and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruits thereof. v.29

 

And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall yet again take root downward, and bear fruit upward. v.30

 

For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the Lord of hosts shall do this. v.31

 

Therefore thus saith the Lord concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it. v.32

By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the Lord. v.33

 

FOR I WILL DEFEND THIS CITY, TO SAVE IT, FOR MINE OWN SAKE, AND FOR MY SERVANT DAVID'S SAKE. v.34

 

And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the Lord went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses. v.35

 

So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh. v.36

 

And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword: and they escaped into the land of Armenia. And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead." v.37

 

We see here that the king of Assyria escaped and went to worship his god and his two sons came in and smote him with the sword. This is the way God deals with the enemies of his people.

 

 

God bless you,

 

Doyle Davidson

 

 

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