by J.D. Greear

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The Power of Prayer and the Problem of Pride (3 of 3)
Series: All-In: 2014
J.D. Greear
2 Kings 19-20

Well, what really happened "next" with Hezekiah? It's really interesting, and really instructive for us…because how Hezekiah's life turns out after a great start, shows us the potential our lives can have-both for good and bad.

2 Kings 19-20:
2 Kings 19 records the story of the greatest battle that never happened. Sennacherib was the wicked king of Assyria...(worst name: snack of ribs). Assyria, which he ruled, was also really terrible place, a place so bad that, according to Veggie Tales, people slapped each other with fishes...

Sennacherib had gone on a mini-world conquest and conquered over 46 city-states and kingdoms. In 2 Kings 19 he brings about a quarter million troops to Jerusalem and camps outside their walls. (This was a huge army... The entire population of Jerusalem that time was about 10,000 and Hezekiah's mounted soldiers were less than 2000. 250,000 vs. 2,000).1

Sennacherib sends a smack-talking letter to Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem that said, "[19:10] Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you by promising that Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria. 11Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, devoting them to destruction. And shall you be delivered? 12Have the gods of the other nations delivered them?" Then he sent messengers to the people: "Don't let Hezekiah fool you, telling you your God will deliver you. I am 46-0. You're going to be 47."

[14] Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord... He said to God (vs. 17), "God it is true; Sennacherib has destroyed all these nations and their gods...but that's because they were not really gods at all; just the work of men's hands... But you, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth ...

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