Week 23   Day 2


Hezekiah had real leadership qualities 
what do we need to do?  

            who can best do it? 

He was highly visible


            acting on the best information he had 

            setting priorities 

            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 

                        spreading hope 


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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