Friends: I will be doing a series of three sermons on the book of 2 Kings in April for my friends at Cedarcroft Bible Chapel in South Plainfield, NJ. So I want to go chapter by chapter through this Old Testament book. With you! I’ll put the chapter in the post and give a few comments of my own under the text. Comments always welcome! Let’s dive in!
Here we are in 2 Kings 19. Here in 2 Kings 19 we read that King Hezekiah was greatly troubled by what he heard. He sent a group (wearing sackcloth) to Isaiah. They said to the prophet, “This day is a day of rebuke and disgrace, like the birth of a child and there’s no strength to deliver him (v. 3). It may be that the Lord will hear the ridicule of the living God by the king of Assyria and rebuke him. Pray for the remnant that still survives.” (v. 4).
Isaiah’s response: “Don’t be afraid of the blasphemous words of the king of Assyria. When he hears a certain report, he’ll want to return to his own country & I’ll have him cut down with the sword.” (v. 7).
Sennacherib has messengers say to Hezekiah to not let the god they depend on deceive you that Jerusalem will survive Assyria’s attack. Other gods couldn’t save the other nations. Where are those kings now? (v. 13).
Hezekiah reads that letters, spreads it out before the Lord in the temple, and prays a mighty prayer, asking the Lord to deliver His people (v. 19).
Isaiah tells Hezekiah the Lord has heard his prayer. The Lord’s word, says Isaiah, challenges Sennacherib’s ridicule and blasphemy. It was the Lord’s ordained plan that Assyria has turned fortified cities into piles of stone. Assyria’s insolence will lead to a hook in the nose and a bit in the mouth. (v. 28).
Isaiah speaks of the sign to be given to Hezekiah — a remnant of the kingdom of Judah will survive — The Lord’s zeal will accomplish this. And the king of Assyria will not enter this city; the Lord will defend this city for the sake of David my servant. (v. 34).
That night the angel of the Lord put to death 185,000 in the Assyrian camp. One day, while he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisrok, his sons killed him with the sword. Esarhaddon his don succeeded him (v. 37).