Righteous ! Prayer !
2 Kings 18: 5 Hezekiah trusted(L) in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him.
6 He held fast(M) to the Lord and did not stop following him; he kept the commands the Lord had given Moses.
7 And the Lord was with him; he was successful(N) in whatever he undertook.
LISTENING TO GOD!! – TRUSTING HIS PROMISE!!
Someone who really believed what HE said
- two prayers that he offers to the Lord.
- The first prayer is that God might be glorified in the defeat of Sennacherib’s army.
2 kings 19
9 Now Sennacherib received a report that Tirhakah, the king of Cush,[a] was marching out to fight against him. So he again sent messengers to Hezekiah with this word: 10 “Say to Hezekiah king of Judah: Do not let the god you depend(Q) on deceive(R) you when he says, ‘Jerusalem will not be given into the hands of the king of Assyria.’……
15 And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: “Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim,(Y) you alone(Z) are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 16 Give ear,(AA) Lord, and hear;(AB) open your eyes,(AC) Lord, and see; listen to the words Sennacherib has sent to ridicule the living God….
……19 Now, Lord our God, deliver(AF) us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms(AG) of the earth may know(AH) that you alone, Lord, are God.”
SHUT OUT THE RAPID FIRE LIES !!
2 Kings 18:19
To the people :
“‘This is what the great king, the king of Assyria, says: On what are you basing this confidence(AI) of yours? …..
29 This is what the king says: Do not let Hezekiah deceive
30 Do not let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in the Lord
31 “Do not listen to Hezekiah. This is what the king of Assyria says: Make peace with me….
32 “Do not listen to Hezekiah, for he is misleading you when he says, ‘The Lord will deliver us.’
36 But the people remained silent and said nothing in reply, because the king had commanded, “Do not answer him.”
TODAY -LIES EXAMPLES
Point away from God
Politics – separation….
Culture – Margaret Sanger – real motives
Cancel culture -books
Science – Schweitzer, M.
Guillermo Gonzalez –
KNOWING WHERE TO STAND!!!!
CONFRONT THE LIES !!
When King Hezekiah heard this, he tore(B) his clothes and put on sackcloth and went into the temple of the Lord.
Matthew Henry’s Commentary:
When he can discern that the glory of God is engaged on his side, faith gains the victory, and he rejoices that he shall never be moved. The best pleas in prayer are taken from God’s honour.
Therefore this is what the Lord says concerning the king of Assyria:
“‘He will not enter this city
or shoot an arrow here.
He will not come before it with shield
or build a siege ramp against it.
By the way that he came he will return;(BO)
he will not enter this city,
declares the Lord.
I will defend(BP) this city and save it,
for my sake and for the sake of David(BQ) my servant.’”
- …the second prayer, when Hezekiah falls sick,
II Kings 20:3 records that brief second prayer of Hezekiah:
20 In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”
2 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 3 “Remember,(B) Lord, how I have walked(C) before you faithfully(D) and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
4 Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: 5 “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard(E) your prayer and seen your tears;(F) I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the Lord. 6 I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend(G) this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.’”