2 Kings 18:17-37

Read 2 Kings 18:17-37

As I read these words written in the scriptures and saw how the king of Assyria went what I will call a messenger to discourage the people of Jerusalem. I saw a couple of things. The first thing I saw was that his message was to discourage the people, and to turn them against their own king Hezekiah. The next thing was I saw them being bribed with what was already theirs. I also saw that they were being promised a place like they already had they just needed to deny their king and turn their back on God. What I finally say as I read these scriptures is that the king of Assyria did not come himself but sent others in his place to speak for him who I see as both a coward who was afraid of being seen for who he really is. A liar filled with pride.  He is a bully who uses fear and pain to manipulate those who he is actually weaker than. A thief taking that which never belonged to him by making his prey doubt their own God given abilities and blessings. Who gets the people to surrender to him using their fears and false promises of a better life without God.  Which anyone who know Jesus will know all of this is a big fat lie.

Now to find what happens next you should read the following chapter for yourself to see what the people choose to do.

Do they give up and turn their back on Hezekiah and more important on God and His promises?

Or do they stand on God’s promises and trust in God for the victory?

2 Kings 18:17-37 (NKJV)

Sennacherib Boasts Against the Lord

17 Then the king of Assyria sent the Tartan,[a] the Rabsaris,[b] and theRabshakeh[c] from Lachish, with a great army against Jerusalem, to King Hezekiah. And they went up and came to Jerusalem. When they had come up, they went and stood by the aqueduct from the upper pool, which was on the highway to the Fuller’s Field. 18 And when they had called to the king, Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came out to them. 19 Then the Rabshakeh said to them, “Say now to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria: “What confidence is this in which you trust? 20 You speak of having plans and power for war; but they are mere words. And in whom do you trust, that you rebel against me? 21 Now look! You are trusting in the staff of this broken reed, Egypt, on which if a man leans, it will go into his hand and pierce it. So is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him. 22 But if you say to me, ‘We trust in the Lord our God,’ is it not He whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah has taken away, and said to Judah and Jerusalem, ‘You shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem’?”’ 23 Now therefore, I urge you, give a pledge to my master the king of Assyria, and I will give you two thousand horses—if you are able on your part to put riders on them! 24 How then will you repel one captain of the least of my master’s servants, and put your trust in Egypt for chariots and horsemen? 25 Have I now come up without the Lord against this place to destroy it? The Lord said to me, ‘Go up against this land, and destroy it.’”

26 Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, Shebna, and Joah said to theRabshakeh, “Please speak to your servants in Aramaic, for we understand it; and do not speak to us in Hebrew[d] in the hearing of the people who are on the wall.”

27 But the Rabshakeh said to them, “Has my master sent me to your master and to you to speak these words, and not to the men who sit on the wall, who will eat and drink their own waste with you?”

28 Then the Rabshakeh stood and called out with a loud voice in Hebrew, and spoke, saying, “Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria!29 Thus says the king: ‘Do not let Hezekiah deceive you, for he shall not be able to deliver you from his hand; 30 nor let Hezekiah make you trust in the Lord, saying, “The Lord will surely deliver us; this city shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.”’ 31 Do not listen to Hezekiah; for thus says the king of Assyria: ‘Make peace with me by a present and come out to me; and every one of you eat from his own vine and every one from his own fig tree, and every one of you drink the waters of his own cistern; 32 until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive groves and honey, that you may live and not die. But do not listen to Hezekiah, lest he persuade you, saying, “The Lord will deliver us.” 33 Has any of the gods of the nations at all delivered its land from the hand of the king of Assyria? 34 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim and Hena and Ivah? Indeed, have they delivered Samaria from my hand? 35 Who among all the gods of the lands have delivered their countries from my hand, that the Lordshould deliver Jerusalem from my hand?’”

36 But the people held their peace and answered him not a word; for the king’s commandment was, “Do not answer him.” 37 Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came to Hezekiah with their clothes torn, and told him the words of the Rabshakeh.

Child of clay

I am reading a wonderful novel by Randy Alcorn titled Edge of Eternity. I am truly enjoying reading this book. The author definitely has a way of painting a picture in your mind with his words. One thing he wrote that caught my attention was when his main character was addressed as child of clay. The characters response was to say his dad’s name was Will. Yet the other character went on to say, ‘You were born of dust mixed with the water of life. Like all of us you are clay in the Potter’s hands.’

After reading this my thoughts went to God and how wonderful He is. He is our Creator, our Heavenly Father, and He is the Potter. Without Him we are nothing. He creates each of us individually and gives us life and purpose. If we submit ourselves to Him he molds us into the vessels He can use to carry His love to others who are broken and hurting, who are lost and need Him. How wonderful it is to know that He desires to be with us, and to teach us as we grow in Him. To know He wants to be in our lives and that He loves us.

He is the Potter and I am His clay.

I hope if you get the opportunity you will check out this book and enjoy the author tell a very intresting story which I think you will enjoy as much as I have.

Grief One Size Does Not Fit All

Everyone  grieves in their own way and in their own time. We all suffer one king of loss to the next. You grieve the loss of a loved one, a relationship, a job, a home, a pet, and anything you may have lost.

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I have suffers various loss in my life. This does not make me an expert on grief though. I have sought counseling and read books to help me with my grief.This is the latest book that I have read.Please be Patient I’m Grieving Author Gary Roe. I first learned of this author on Facebook and took a course he offered for free. His teachings have helped me deal with the losses I have suffered and he even took time to write to me personally and encourage me as I heal. It is not often that I publicly recommend books or author so I am going to just suggest that you visit his page and learn for yourself about his teachings.

This is the web address for his page

He does not just teach on personal grief but also how to help others who are grieving.

I pray that this will help at least one person out there.

Prayers and of blessings of healing and comfort for you all.