Week 20   Day 2


Out of the dark night comes a light 

            enter Hezekiah 

            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

            of people

            and king

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

            work together 

until faith outshines the other.

                                          MOCKING GOD
Assyria 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,
cut down the wooden image.  5He trusted in the Lord God
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
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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