Be wary of nations which can't be trusted for they shall be destroyed. Hear the threats of God against nations (Is. 33:1,7-9; 34:1-17). The Lord promises victory (33:5-6,21-22; 34:8; 35:4,10; 37:5-7,22-38); just do as Hezekiah did (37:14-20).
In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah . . . Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the defenced cities of Judah, and took them (Is. 36:1). Even the walled cities were no match for the might of Sennacherib's army. In one military campaign he quickly defeated 46 of the towns and villages of the small southern kingdom. He carried away into captivity about 200,000 of its inhabitants, but he was not able to conquer Jerusalem. At that time, all of western Asia was under Assyria's control, including Babylonia, Media, Armenia, Syria, Phoenicia, Philistia, Edom, and most of the promised land.
Eventually, the king of Assyria demanded unconditional surrender. Feeling secure in the might of his army, Sennacherib sent word to the people of Jerusalem: Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver you. Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the Lord, saying, The Lord will surely deliver us (36:14-16). Upon hearing this demand, King Hezekiah immediately did what we all should do when we receive bad news. Hezekiah went up unto the House of the Lord. . . . And Hezekiah prayed . . . O Lord of hosts, God of Israel . . . Thou art the God, even Thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. . . . hear all the words of Sennacherib, which (he) hath sent to reproach the living God. . . . save us . . . that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that Thou art the Lord, even Thou only (37:14-17,20).
Isaiah sent a word to Hezekiah, saying: Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Whereas (Because) thou hast prayed to Me against Sennacherib king of Assyria. . . . I will defend this city to save it for Mine own sake, and for My servant David's sake (37:21,35). That night the Angel of the Lord went forth, and smote . . . the Assyrians (37:36), destroying 185,000 soldiers.
It is important that, like Hezekiah, we pray and trust the Lord for all of our needs. It is foolish to think we can stand against the wiles (schemes, trickery) of the Devil in our own might (Eph. 6:11). God is waiting for us to place our trust in Him. The Lord is still urging us: Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty (unsearchable) things, which thou knowest not (Jer. 33:3; also Eph. 3:20).
Thought for Today:
Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear Him, upon them that hope in His mercy (Ps.33:18).
As the One, who in judgment, wields the sword of the Lord (Is. 34:6). Out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations (Rev. 19:15).
32:2 covert =shelter; tempest =storm; 32:5 liberal =noble; churl =deceitful; 32:7 instruments =schemes; 32:19 low in a low place =completely destroyed; 33:9 hewn down =destroyed.
Pray for International Broadcasts in honor of Betty Beane on her birthday • Government Official: Rep. Bob Etheridge (NC) • Country: Thailand (60 million) in Southeast Asia • Major languages: Thai and English • Limited freedom of Christian ministry; Buddhism is the state religion • 92% Buddhist; 4% Muslim; 2% Chinese folk-religionist; 1% Christian • Prayer Suggestion: Let your prayers express gratitude to God for His wonderful works (Ps. 9:1).
Optional Reading: James 2
Memory Verse for the Week: 2 Corinthians 4:11