SUMMARY OF 2 Kings 18:9-20; 21; 2 Chronicles 32
2 Kings 18:9-20
Samaria was captured by the Assyrians during Hezekiah’s reign. Also, Sennacherib king of Assyria attacked all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them. Hezekiah paid the king with gold and silver from the temple. Then, Sennacherib threatens Jersualem.
2 Kings 21
Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king of Judah, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord. He rebuilt the high places his father Hezekiah had destroyed; he also erected altars to Baal and made an Asherah pole. The Lord promises disaster on Jerusalem for his sins.
Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem two years. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord. He was assassinated and Josiah, his son, took the throne.
2 Chronicles 32
Sennacherib lays seige to Jerusalem and other cities. They spoke against God and King Hezekiah and Isaiah prayed to the Lord. The Lord sent an angel who annihilated all the fighting men of Assyria. Sennacherib was murdered by his own sons.
So the Lord saved Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib king of Assyria and from the hand of all others. He took care of them on every side. Manasseh his son succeeded him as king
BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 16, Day 5: 2 Kings 18:9-20; 21; 2 Chronicles 32
12) Israel was captured by the Assyrians during Hezekiah’s reign. Also, Sennacherib king of Assyria attacked all the fortified cities of Judah and captured some of the people and took them away. Hezekiah paid the king with gold and silver from the temple to appease him. Then, Sennacherib threatens Jersualem with a letter, and Hezekiah turns to God.
13) Hezekiah has his moments where he strays. He tries to bribe Sennacherib king of Assyria with money to not attack him and he does anyways. He prays to God when he is attacked and God rescues him. When he was ill, he prayed to the Lord, who answered him and gave him a miraculous sign. But Hezekiah’s heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown him. Yet, he still seeks God.
His dependence on God: He prays to God, laying his heart on the table.
His deliberate focus on God Himself as his source of help: He meets God at the temple and prays how God alone can help him.
His honest statement of his predicament: He lays the letter out for God to see.
His straightforward request: He asks God to deliver them from the hands of Assyria.
b) The Lord sent an angel, who annihilated all the fighting men and the commanders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king.
c) Isaiah was Hezekiah’s chief advisor. He helped Hezekiah to get rid of idolatry and reinstitute temple service and worship.
Judah was urged to join in an uprising against Assyria about 713 B.C. Isaiah counseled Hezekiah against doing so (Isaiah 19:25.)
Hezekiah disregarded Isaiah’s advice later on and joined Egypt in an alliance against Assyria, which resulted in Hezekiah paying Syria a huge tribute.
He advised Hezekiah when Sennacherib attacked Jerusalem and prayed, too. (2 Chornicles 32:20).
d) Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Give ear, Lord, and hear; open your eyes, Lord, and see. Heal the pain in my left knee and give me the strength to achieve my dreams and honor you in the process, Lord. Let all know my strength is only possible from and because of you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 16, Day 5: 2 Kings 18:9-20; 21; 2 Chronicles 32
Loved this study of Hezekiah. I had forgotten what he had done. Great leader and example of what is possible with God.
End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 16, Day 5: 2 Kings 18:9-20; 21; 2 Chronicles 32
In 2 Kings 18:9-20, we see Israel fall into exile. Hezekiah tries to buy peace from the Assyrians. The leaders of Assyria try to convince Judah to surrender to them.
In 2 Kings 21, we see the reign of Manasseh, son of Hezekiah. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord. He rebuilt the high places his father Hezekiah had destroyed; he also erected altars to Baal and made an Asherah pole. The Lord promises disaster on Jerusalem for his sins.
We see the reign of Amon, son of Manasseh He did evil in the eyes of the Lord. He was assassinated and Josiah, his son, took the throne.
In 2 Chronicles 32, we see how Sennacherib attacks Jerusalem, but God protects his people from the Assyrians. Hezekiah prepares for the attack.
Servants of Sennacherib are called the Tartan, the Rabsaris, and the Rabshakeh in 2 Kings 18:17. They spoke against the Lord, which is, in general, just a bad idea.
God wanted Hezekiah to trust in Him for help, not Egypt.
Hezekiah and Isaiah pray to the Lord, and God answered in typical fashion. He sent an angels to wipe out the Assyrian army. 185,000 men died (2 Kings 19:35). 20 years later, Sennacherib was murdered by his sons. God’s judgment was complete.
This sign God gave Hezekiah that he ignored was the sign of the retreating sundial 2 Kings 20:8-11.
Ambassadors from Babylon came to Hezekiah while he was sick to honor him. Hezekiah showed them all of the riches of his land out of pride. This would be their downfall as Isaih predicted 2 Kings 20:12-21. Like so many other kings we’ve studied, Hezekiah did not end well.
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