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Week 20 Day 2
Out of the dark night comes a light
who shines like a bright star
all faith is not dead
is never dead
Yet the enemy is at the door
about to crash in
it is hard to imagine the fear
at the thought of being overcome
by a crushing foe
to feel the helplessness and futility
the worry of what will happen to us
Fortunately in addition to fear
Hezekiah had faith
sometimes these opposites
until faith outshines the other. MOCKING GODAssyria tried to take Jerusalem, too, but God foiled their plans. II Kings 18 & 19
1In the third year of Hoshea, king of Israel, Hezekiah
began to reign in Judah. 2He was twenty-five years old when
he became king, and reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem.
3He did what was right in the sight of the Lord, according to
all his father David had done.
4He removed the high places, broke the sacred pillars, and cut down the wooden image. 5He trusted in the Lord God of Israel, so that there was none like him among all the kings
of Judah. 6He held fast to the Lord and did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments. 7The Lord was with him, and he prospered wherever he went. He rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him. 8He subdued the Philistines, as far as Gaza and its territory, from watchtower to fortified city.
13In the fourteenth year of Hezekiah, the king of Assyria
came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and took them.
14Hezekiah sent to the king of Assyria, saying, "I have done wrong, turn away from me; whatever you impose on me I will pay." The king assessed Hezekiah king of Judah three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold. 15So Hezekiah gave him all the silver that was found in the house of the Lord and in the treasuries of the king's house, 16and stripped the gold form the doors of the temple of the Lord.
17Then the king of Assyria sent a great army against
Jerusalem; 19and said to Hezekiah, "What confidence is
this in which you trust? 20You speak of having plans and
power for war; but they are mere words. In whom do you
trust, that you rebel against me?"
27To the men who sit on the wall, 28they called out,
"Thus says the great king: 'Do not let Hezekiah deceive you,
30nor let Hezekiah make you trust in the Lord, saying, "The
Lord will surely deliver us." 31Do not listen. 35Who among
all the gods of the lands have delivered their countries from
my hand, that the Lord should deliver Jerusalem?'"
1When Hezekiah heard it, he torn his clothes, covered
himself with sackcloth, and 2sent to Isaiah the prophet, 3and
said to him, "This day is a day of trouble; for the children
have come to birth, but there is no strength to bring them forth.
5It may be that the Lord will hear and rebuke the words of the
Assyrians. Lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left." This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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