Vs. 1, “In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah’s reign, Sennacherib king of Assyria attacked all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them.” Life doesn’t always make sense. King Hezekiah had seemed to do all the right things. He had led a revival of Judah. God’s people had turned away from idols and restored the temple worship. Everything seemed to be going perfectly as planned, but then the evil Assyrian King Sennacherib had invaded. He sends his three most important officers and King Hezekiah also sends three representatives to have a meeting. Back in Isaiah 7, he had prophesied this would happen if God’s people kept turning from Him. The speech of the Assyrian field commander (Rabshakeh) is blatant and incredibly disrespectful of God. It is a ploy to scare them and it worked. Even though Hezekiah had spent time fortifying Jerusalem, it was in vain. The enemy can find ways to scare us and make us want to give up.
Regarding application… Enemy Can Intimidate. Vs. 14, “This is what the king says: Do not let Hezekiah deceive you. He cannot deliver you!” Question: How can this happen? When we do not know the Word of the Lord, the enemy can be most effective. Even in the midst of turning to God, these types of things can happen. So, don’t be scared or discouraged when you try to walk with God and then bad things begin to happen. The enemy will do whatever he can to intimidate you. There are even people within the church that the enemy can use. When these types of things happen, humble yourself to the Lord and trust in Him! You will see in the next couple of chapters how this plays out! Brothers and Sisters in Christ, even in this passion week of Easter…the enemy tried several times to discourage our Lord Jesus. But Jesus showed us the way by prayer and submission to God. Let’s follow and trust even when we don’t always understand.