April 11 – Jesse Tree – Heze…who?

Read 2 Kings 18:1-19:1932-37

“It is true, O LORD, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste these nations and their lands. They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by men’s hands. Now, O LORD our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all kingdoms on earth may know that you alone, O LORD, are God.” 2 Kings 19:17-19

Hezekiah was a godly king who really worked hard to honor God. He took a stand against evil and sought to do right. God was pleased with him.

But Sennacherib, king of Assyria, wasn’t one of Hezekiah’s fans. Sennacherib’s army had already conquered Jewish people to the north. His army carried away men, women, and children. And now, Sennacherib was coming after Hezekiah and the Jews under his control in and around Jerusalem.

Are there people in your life that aren’t big fans of you? Do they make fun of, try to insult, bully, or criticize you? What do you do in situations like that? Hezekiah is a good role model for us to imitate.

  1. First of all, seek to please God. Don’t give other people valid reasons for accusing you of doing wrong. Make sure you have a good reputation with people and you are doing what God expects. That’s what Hezekiah did!
  2. Remember that God is your greatest resource. Rather than going on your own campaign to destroy the other person, take the threats and accusations to God. Hezekiah took a threatening letter into the house of the Lord and spread it out before God. He prayed.

The battle really wasn’t between Hezekiah and Sennacherib. It was between God, the Creator of heaven and earth, and Sennacherib, the powerhouse of that part of the world. If you read the story, you know who won!

Steve Kern

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