2 Kings 19 & Hebrews 1

2 Kings 19

    As soon as King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes and covered himself with sackcloth and went into the house of the LORD. And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the secretary, and the senior priests, covered with sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz. They said to him, “Thus says Hezekiah, This day is a day of distress, of rebuke, and of disgrace; children have come to the point of birth, and there is no strength to bring them forth. It may be that the LORD your God heard all the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to mock the living God, and will rebuke the words that the LORD your God has heard; therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left.” When the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah, Isaiah said to them, “Say to your master, ‘Thus says the LORD: Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have reviled me. Behold, I will put a spirit in him, so that he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land, and I will make him fall by the sword in his own land.’”

    The Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria fighting against Libnah, for he heard that the king had left Lachish. Now the king heard concerning Tirhakah king of Cush, “Behold, he has set out to fight against you.” So he sent messengers again to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus shall you speak to Hezekiah king of Judah: ‘Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you by promising that Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria. Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, devoting them to destruction. And shall you be delivered? Have the gods of the nations delivered them, the nations that my fathers destroyed, Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden who were in Telassar? Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, the king of Hena, or the king of Ivvah?’”

    Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the LORD and spread it before the LORD. And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD and said: “O LORD, the God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. Incline your ear, O LORD, and hear; open your eyes, O LORD, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the living God. Truly, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone. Therefore they were destroyed. So now, O LORD our God, save us, please, from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, O LORD, are God alone.”

    Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Your prayer to me about Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard. This is the word that the LORD has spoken concerning him:

    “She despises you, she scorns you—
        the virgin daughter of Zion;
    she wags her head behind you—
        the daughter of Jerusalem.
    
    “Whom have you mocked and reviled?
        Against whom have you raised your voice
    and lifted your eyes to the heights?
        Against the Holy One of Israel!
    By your messengers you have mocked the Lord,
        and you have said, ‘With my many chariots
    I have gone up the heights of the mountains,
        to the far recesses of Lebanon;
    I felled its tallest cedars,
        its choicest cypresses;
    I entered its farthest lodging place,
        its most fruitful forest.
    I dug wells
        and drank foreign waters,
    and I dried up with the sole of my foot
        all the streams of Egypt.’
    
    “Have you not heard
        that I determined it long ago?
    I planned from days of old
        what now I bring to pass,
    that you should turn fortified cities
        into heaps of ruins,
    while their inhabitants, shorn of strength,
        are dismayed and confounded,
    and have become like plants of the field
        and like tender grass,
    like grass on the housetops,
        blighted before it is grown.
    
    “But I know your sitting down
        and your going out and coming in,
        and your raging against me.
    Because you have raged against me
        and your complacency has come into my ears,
    I will put my hook in your nose
        and my bit in your mouth,
    and I will turn you back on the way
        by which you came.
    
        “And this shall be the sign for you: this year eat what grows of itself, and in the second year what springs of the same. Then in the third year sow and reap and plant vineyards, and eat their fruit. And the surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward. For out of Jerusalem shall go a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the LORD will do this.

    “Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria: He shall not come into this city or shoot an arrow there, or come before it with a shield or cast up a siege mound against it. By the way that he came, by the same he shall return, and he shall not come into this city, declares the LORD. For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake and for the sake of my servant David.”

    And that night the angel of the LORD went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians. And when people arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies. Then Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went home and lived at Nineveh. And as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, Adrammelech and Sharezer, his sons, struck him down with the sword and escaped into the land of Ararat. And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place.

(2 Kings 19 ESV)

Hebrews 1

    Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

    For to which of the angels did God ever say,

    “You are my Son,
        today I have begotten you”?
    
        Or again,

    “I will be to him a father,
        and he shall be to me a son”?
    
        And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,

    “Let all God's angels worship him.”
    
        Of the angels he says,

    “He makes his angels winds,
        and his ministers a flame of fire.”
    
        But of the Son he says,

    “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
        the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom.
    You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
    therefore God, your God, has anointed you
        with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”
    
        And,

    “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning,
        and the heavens are the work of your hands;
    they will perish, but you remain;
        they will all wear out like a garment,
    like a robe you will roll them up,
        like a garment they will be changed.
    But you are the same,
        and your years will have no end.”
    
        And to which of the angels has he ever said,

    “Sit at my right hand
        until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?
    
        Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?

(Hebrews 1 ESV)

Something to Consider

2 Kings 19: As the Assyrians continue their hostile threats concerning their plans to capture Judah, King Hezekiah's first response is to take this to the Lord in prayer. His prayer is an acknowledgement of God's majesty, and he makes his appeal by asking God to save Judah from the Assyrians for the sake of God's own honor and great name - that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that He is unlike all other false gods and is in fact the one true living God over all.

Rather than making our appeals to God with ourselves as the focus, we would be wise to consider and more appropriately present our requests to God with His glory as the basis and aim of our appeal. For God sovereignly decides to indeed save Judah but declares to have done so "for His name's sake." 

 

Hebrews 1: The great truth in this letter to the Hebrews is the declaration and affirmation that Jesus is in fact the one true living God in the flesh who is now reigning over the entire universe. Throughout this letter, Jesus Christ is shown and proven to be the central focus and object that unites both the Old and New Testaments. Jesus is infinitely greater than all the prophets and heavenly beings as He is the radiance of God's glory and the exact imprint of His nature who upholds the universe by His great power as our Savior King and the one true Son of God. Our Lord is no ordinary King, and therefore we ought to be no ordinary people.