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Week 23 Day 2
who can best do it?
He was highly visible
acting on the best information he had
dividing his big problem into small manageable pieces
He know how to get his people on board
working together on a common goal
His very presence was inspiring.
Throughout the period of the kings
of Israel and Judah
there were prophets
who spoke on behalf of God
warning about sins
predicting and explaining events
calling people to righteous living
strengthening the faithful
God spoke through the prophets
again and again
in every generation
because God loved the people
and did not want them to be
FAITH AND FEAR Hezekiah worked like it all depended on him, and prayed like it all depended on God. II Chronicles 32
1Sennacherib king of Assyria came and entered Judah; he
encamped against the fortified cities. 2When Hezekiah saw
that Sennacherib had come to make war against Jerusalem,
3he consulted with his leaders and commanders to stop the
water from the springs which were outside the city. 4Many
people gathered together to stop all the springs and the brook
that ran through the land. 5He built up all the wall that was
broken, raised it up to the towers, built another wall outside,
and made weapons and shields in abundance.
6Then he set military captains over the people, gathered
them together to him in the open square, and gave them
encouragement, saying, 7"Be strong and courageous; do not
be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before
all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us
than with him. 8With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is
the Lord our God." The people were strengthened by the
words of Hezekiah.
9Sennacherib sent his servants to Jerusalem, to Hezekiah,
and to all Judah who were in Jerusalem, saying, 10"In what
do you trust, that you remain under siege in Jerusalem?
13Do you not know what I and my fathers have done to all
the people of other lands? Were the gods of those lands in
any way able to deliver their lands out of my hand? 14Do
not let Hezekiah deceive you or persuade you; do not believe
him. How much less will your God deliver you?"
18Then they called out with a loud voice in Hebrew to
the people of Jerusalem who were on the wall, to frighten
them and trouble them, that they might take the city. 19They
spoke against the God of Jerusalem, as against the gods of
the people of the earth--the work of men's hands.
20Now because of this Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah
prayed and cried out to heaven. 21Then the Lord sent an
angel who cut down every mighty man of valor, every leader
and captain in the camp of the king of Assyria.
So he returned shamefaced to his own land. When he had
gone into the temple of his god, some of his own offspring
struck him down with the sword.
22Thus the Lord saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of
Jerusalem, and guided them on every side. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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