PRAYER ANSWERED

“So now, O LORD our God, save us, please, from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, O LORD, are God alone” (2 Kings 19:19 ESV)

Leslie M John 

“And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord and said: “O Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth” (2 Kings 19:15 ESV)

“So now, O Lord our God, save us, please, from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, O Lord, are God alone” (2 Kings 19:19 ESV)

Out of twenty kings of the Kingdom of Judah there were only few kings who did that which was right in the sight of the LORD. One of them was King Hezekiah.

There was none before him in the history of kings of Judah who trusted and revered the LORD so much as he did. He was twenty five years old when he began to reign and reigned for twenty nine years in Jerusalem. The LORD was with him and he prospered.

“He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brazen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan” (2 Kings 18:4)

Hezekiah rebelled against King of Assyria and did not serve him and defeated Philistines. In his fourth year of reign Shalmanezer, king of Assyria, attacked Samaria, besieged it took full control of it in two years. He took captive of Israel and moved them to Halah, Habor and to the cities of Medes. The LORD gave them over to King of Asia because they transgressed God’s covenant and were disobedient to the Laws given by God through His servant Moses.

Sennacherib, king of Assyria came up against Hezekiah in the fourteenth year of latter’s reign and fenced cities of Judah and took them. Lachish was a very strategic city where the armies pitch one against another for war and it is at that city that Sennacherib came and boasted in pride.

Hezekiah, king of Judah, was depressed and disappointed and, therefore, sent word of apology that he would take punishment for not serving him. Sennacherib imposed on Hezekiah a fine of three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold, which was huge sum. Hezekiah raised the sum from the house of the Lord, treasures of the king’s house and even from the gold from the doors of the Solomon’s temple and gave to it king Sennacherib.

It is very strange that a king, who had so much faith in God and who did right in the sight of the LORD and trusted the LORD more than anyone in the Kingdom of Judah did before him, now getting disappointed when faced with some trying situation such as Sennacherib taking over Lachish and cities of Judah. Rightly so, he showed that he was also fallible and human just as any of us.

Elijah, who was so courageous a prophet, once feared Jezebel and ran from her presence to hide himself, but later recovered from that fear when the angel of the LORD comforted him. He heard the voice of the LORD not in strong wind, or in the earthquake, or fire, but in a still small voice that said “What doest thou here, Elijah” and Elijah obeyed the instructions from the LORD (1 Kings 19-4-14)

Likewise, King Hezekiah also recovered from fear and brought Sennacherib to his feet when God helped him consequent upon his praying to the LORD for help. Sennacherib’s blasphemous words, arrogant speech came to nothing. Sennacherib sent Tartan, Rabsaris and Rabshakeh from Lachish to Hezekiah and they stood by the conduit of the upper poor and spoke to Eliakim and Shebna, and Joah of Hezekiah’s representatives and insulted them and questioned them as to who would or which God could save them from his attack.

Rabshakeh cried with a loud voice in Jewish language saying Hezekiah’s God cannot save the people of Judah and said to them to make agreement with king of Assyria but he people held peace at the command of Hezekiah. Rabshakeh told the king Hezekiah about the blasphemous words that Rabshakeh spoke at the instance of Sennacherib and it made Hezekiah a grievous man.

King Hezekiah rent his clothes, covered himself in sackcloth and went to the LORD for help. Isaiah heard about Hezekiah’s concern and conveyed to him message that “Thus saith the LORD, Be not afraid of the words which thou hast heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me”. Hezekiah prayed to the LORD saying “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”.

The LORD heard prayer of Hezekiah and 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”. (1 Kings 19:35)

Sennacherib, king of Assyria, went back and lived in Nineveh and worshipped his god, Nisroch and he was killed by his own two sons. (cf. 2 Kings 19:36-37)

Later when Hezekiah fell sick unto death Isaiah the prophet said to him to pray to the LORD for help and when Hezekiah prayed to the LORD his life was extended by fifteen years and he reigned successfully for fifteen more years and slept with his fathers and Manasseh reigned in his stead.

God is our rock of refuge and He helps us in all situations, whether they be small or trying situations when we seek His help.

“But the LORD is my defense; and my God is the rock of my refuge” (Psalms 94:22)


REVELATION EXPLAINED REVELATION EXPLAINED

The Book of Revelation deals with Lord Jesus Christ’s second coming, the seven letters to the Seven Churches, God’s wrath on those who reject Lord Jesus Christ as their Messiah, the defeat of Satan, and His abundant blessings on those who believe in Him and accept Jesus as the Lord.

FEAR NOT
The Lord said to John not to be afraid of anything because He is the first and the last and the living One. He died, and is alive forevermore. He has the keys of the place where the souls of the dead remain and the bottomless pit. He had been there and came alive and, therefore, we who are the children of God need not be afraid of death because we will also rise from the dead.

The Lord commanded him to write the things that he has seen in the vision (that is of the things narrated in Chapter 1), and of those things that were in his days (that is the state of the seven churches during his days), and of those things that are to take place in future (that is of those things that would take place as narrated from Chapters 4 to 22). The Lord revealed the mystery to him that the seven stars he saw are the seven angels (that is seven messengers) of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.  (cf. Rev. 1:17b-20)