2 Kings 18:28-30
July 17, 2022
Take Time to Pray
8 Praise our God, O peoples,
let the sound of His praise be heard;
9 He has preserved our lives
and kept our feet from slipping.
10 For you, O God, tested us;
You refined us like silver.
11 You brought us into prison
and laid burdens on our backs.
12 You let men ride over our heads;
we went through fire and water,
but You brought us to a place of abundance.
2 Kings 18:28-30
28 Then the commander stood and called out in Hebrew: “Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria! 29 This is what the king says: Do not let Hezekiah deceive you. He cannot deliver you from my hand. 30 Do not let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in the LORD when he says, ‘The LORD will surely deliver us, this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.’
Context: Hezekiah is king of Judah. Assyria has been wreaking havoc by attacking and defeating nations including Israel, which is a separate country than Judah. Now Assyria has come for Jerusalem and the odds are not looking good at all. Hezekiah is clinging to the LORD’s promises to deliver Jerusalem, but the Assyrian commander is doing his best to persuade the people otherwise. He even goes on to offer them their own land and crops when there is no way that will happen. Mostly he attacks Hezekiah’s claims that the LORD will protect Jerusalem. In Chapter 19, the prophet Isaiah confirms Hezekiah’s trust in the LORD to him by telling him what the LORD says about Assyria.
Spoiler alert: the LORD goes on to defeat Assyria by sending an angel to kill 185,000 men overnight.
· God’s promises are true.
· God is to be trusted to defeat our enemies – even those enemies are in a form different than a physical attacking army.
· God is protector.
· God carries out His Will without the help of man.
· Satan will try to tell us that God is not with us, but we must cling to God’s promise that He is always with us.
· We may not be faced with a physical army attacking us, but daily we are under attack by doubt, sin, confusion and other weapons of Satan.
· How can I answer Satan’s attacks today with God’s promises?
· Be in the Word
· Pray over troublesome situations and thoughts.
· Consider troublesome thoughts and compare them with God’s promises.
· Remember that God is always with me.
· Remember that Jesus has already defeated Satan and Satan has no power over me – no matter how bad things are.
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