When Hezekiah became King he restored temple worship, restored the Priestly and Levitical function, preached repentance and celebrated Passover on a national basis (even inviting Israel to join). He revolted against Assyria and refused to send tribute to them.The nation was at Defcon 4, the usual readiness for war.
A defense readiness condition (DEFCON) is an alert posture used by the United States Armed Forces. The DEFCON system was developed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and unified and specified combatant commands. It prescribes five graduated levels of readiness (or states of alert) for the U.S. military, and increase in severity from DEFCON 5 (least severe) to DEFCON 1 (most severe) to match varying military situations.The highest confirmed DEFCON ever was Level 2. During the Cuban Missile Crisis on October 22, 1962, the U.S. armed forces were ordered to DEFCON 3. On October 23, Strategic Air Command (SAC) was ordered to DEFCON 2, while the rest of the U.S. armed forces remained at DEFCON 3. SAC remained at DEFCON 2 until November 15.
Because Hezekiah, king of Judah, would not submit to my yoke, I came up against him, and by force of arms and by the might of my power I took 46 of his strong fenced cities; and of the smaller towns which were scattered about, I took and plundered a countless number. From these places I took and carried off 200,156 persons, old and young, male and female, together with horses and mules, asses and camels, oxen and sheep, a countless multitude; This wall relief carving depicts the siege of Lachish, telling the story from the Assyrian point of view. The carving was created in c. 700 BC and was discovered in the 1850's in the ancient city of Nineveh, Assyria. The full original panel measured sixty-two feet in length and was nearly nine feet tall. The same events are recorded in the Bible in 2 Kings 18-19. The relief now resides in the British Museum.
and Hezekiah himself I shut up in Jerusalem, his capital city, like a bird in a cage, building towers round the city to hem him in, and raising banks of earth against the gates, so as to prevent escape... Then upon Hezekiah there fell the fear of the power of my arms, and he sent out to me the chiefs and the elders of Jerusalem with 30 talents of gold and 800 talents of silver, and diverse treasures, a rich and immense booty... All these things were brought to me at Nineveh, the seat of my government.
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Happily Ever After• 2Ki 18:5-7 NLT Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before or after his time. 6 He remained faithful to the LORD in everything, and he carefully obeyed all the commands the LORD had given Moses. 7 So the LORD was with him, and Hezekiah was successful in everything he did. He revolted against the king of Assyria and refused to pay him tribute.• 2Ch 31:21 NLT In all that he did in the service of the Temple of God and in his efforts to follow Gods laws and commands, Hezekiah sought his God wholeheartedly. As a result, he was very successful.
Villain # 2:Sennacherib2Ki 18:10-13 NLT Three years later, duringthe sixth year of King Hezekiahs reign andthe ninth year of King Hosheas reign inIsrael, Samaria fell. 11 At that time theking of Assyria exiled the Israelites toAssyria and placed them in colonies inHalah, along the banks of the Habor Riverin Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.12 For they refused to listen to the LORDtheir God and obey Him. Instead, theyviolated His covenant--all the laws thatMoses the LORDs servant hadcommanded them to obey. 13 In thefourteenth year of King Hezekiahsreign, King Sennacherib of Assyria cameto attack the fortified towns of Judah andconquered them.
Shock and Awe2Ki 18:14-16 NLT King Hezekiah sent this messageto the king of Assyria at Lachish: "I have donewrong. I will pay whatever tribute money youdemand if you will only withdraw." The king ofAssyria then demanded a settlement of more thaneleven tons of silver and one ton of gold. 15 Togather this amount, King Hezekiah used all the silverstored in the Temple of the LORD and in the palacetreasury. 16 Hezekiah even stripped the gold fromthe doors of the LORDs Temple and from thedoorposts he had overlaid with gold, and he gave itall to the Assyrian king.
2Ki 18:17-25 NLTNevertheless, the king of Assyria sent his commander inchief, his field commander, and his chief of staff fromLachish with a huge army to confront King Hezekiah inJerusalem. The Assyrians took up a position beside theaqueduct that feeds water into the upper pool, near theroad leading to the field where cloth is washed. 18 Theysummoned King Hezekiah, but the king sent theseofficials to meet with them: Eliakim son of Hilkiah, thepalace administrator; Shebna the court secretary; andJoah son of Asaph, the royal historian. 19 Then theAssyrian kings chief of staff told them to give thismessage to Hezekiah: "This is what the great king ofAssyria says: What are you trusting in that makes you soconfident? 20 Do you think that mere words cansubstitute for military skill and strength? Who are youcounting on, that you have rebelled against me?
2Ki 18:17-25 NLT21 On Egypt? If you lean on Egypt, it will be like a reed thatsplinters beneath your weight and pierces your hand.Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, is completely unreliable! 22 "Butperhaps you will say to me, We are trusting in the LORD ourGod! But isnt He the One who was insulted by Hezekiah?Didnt Hezekiah tear down His shrines and altars and makeeveryone in Judah and Jerusalem worship only at the altarhere in Jerusalem? 23 "Ill tell you what! Strike a bargain withmy master, the king of Assyria. I will give you 2,000 horses ifyou can find that many men to ride on them! 24 With yourtiny army, how can you think of challenging even the weakestcontingent of my masters troops, even with the help ofEgypts chariots and charioteers? 25 Whats more, do youthink we have invaded your land without the LORDsdirection? The LORD Himself told us, Attack this land anddestroy it!"
2Ki 18:29-36 NLTThis is what the king says: Dont let Hezekiah deceive you. He will neverbe able to rescue you from my power. 30 Dont let him fool you intotrusting in the LORD by saying, The LORD will surely rescue us. This citywill never fall into the hands of the Assyrian king! 31 "Dont listen toHezekiah! These are the terms the king of Assyria is offering: Makepeace with me--open the gates and come out. Then each of you cancontinue eating from your own grapevine and fig tree and drinkingfrom your own well. 32 Then I will arrange to take you to another landlike this one--a land of grain and new wine, bread and vineyards, olivegroves and honey. Choose life instead of death! "Dont listen toHezekiah when he tries to mislead you by saying, The LORD will rescueus! 33 Have the gods of any other nations ever saved their peoplefrom the king of Assyria? 34 What happened to the gods of Hamathand Arpad? And what about the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivvah?Did any god rescue Samaria from my power? 35 What god of anynation has ever been able to save its people from my power? So whatmakes you think that the LORD can rescue Jerusalem from me?" 36But the people were silent and did not utter a word because Hezekiahhad commanded them, "Do not answer him."
Abridged Version• Hezekiah Repents• Isaiah Promises Sennacherib’s Death• Another Threat• Hezekiah Prays• God gets Angry• The Angel Visits the Camp• Jerusalem is Saved
Opposition• 1Co 16:9 NLT There is a wide-open door for a great work here, although many oppose me.• Take a Principle Stand• Take a Personal Stand