2 Kings Chapter 18

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2 Kings 18

1 Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign.

2 Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Abi, the daughter of Zachariah.

3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his father did.

4 He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.

5 He trusted in the Lord God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.

6 For he clave to the Lord, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses.

7 And the Lord was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not.

8 He smote the Philistines, even unto Gaza, and the borders thereof, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.

9 And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Hezekiah, which was the seventh year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up against Samaria, and besieged it.

10 And at the end of three years they took it: even in the sixth year of Hezekiah, that is in the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel, Samaria was taken.

11 And the king of Assyria did carry away Israel unto Assyria, and put them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes:

12 Because they obeyed not the voice of the Lord their God, but transgressed his covenant, and all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded, and would not hear them, nor do them.

13 Now in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah did Sennacherib king of Assyria come up against all the fenced cities of Judah, and took them.

14 And Hezekiah king of Judah sent to the king of Assyria to Lachish, saying, I have offended; return from me: that which thou puttest on me will I bear. And the king of Assyria appointed unto Hezekiah king of Judah three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold.

15 And Hezekiah gave him all the silver that was found in the house of the Lord, and in the treasures of the king’s house.

16 At that time did Hezekiah cut off the gold from the doors of the temple of the Lord, and from the pillars which Hezekiah king of Judah had overlaid, and gave it to the king of Assyria.

17 And the king of Assyria sent Tartan and Rabsaris and Rabshakeh from Lachish to king Hezekiah with a great host against Jerusalem. And they went up and came to Jerusalem. And when they were come up, they came and stood by the conduit of the upper pool, which is in the highway of the fuller’s field.

18 And when they had called to the king, there came out to them Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, which was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder.

19 And Rabshakeh said unto them, Speak ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein thou trustest?

20 Thou sayest, (but they are but vain words,) I have counsel and strength for the war. Now on whom dost thou trust, that thou rebellest against me?

21 Now, behold, thou trustest upon the staff of this bruised reed, even upon Egypt, on which if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt unto all that trust on him.

22 But if ye say unto me, We trust in the Lord our God: is not that he, whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah hath taken away, and hath said to Judah and Jerusalem, Ye shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem?

23 Now therefore, I pray thee, give pledges to my lord the king of Assyria, and I will deliver thee two thousand horses, if thou be able on thy part to set riders upon them.

24 How then wilt thou turn away the face of one captain of the least of my master’s servants, and put thy trust on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen?

25 Am 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 said Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and Shebna, and Joah, unto Rabshakeh, Speak, I pray thee, to thy servants in the Syrian language; for we understand it: and talk not with us in the Jews’ language in the ears of the people that are on the wall.

27 But Rabshakeh said unto them, Hath my master sent me to thy master, and to thee, to speak these words? hath he not sent me to the men which sit on the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own piss with you?

28 Then Rabshakeh stood and cried with a loud voice in the Jews’ language, and spake, saying, Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria:

29 Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver you out of his hand:

30 Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the Lord, saying, The Lord will surely deliver us, and this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.

31 Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with me by a present, and come out to me, and then eat ye every man of his own vine, and every one of his fig tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his cistern:

32 Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of oil olive and of honey, that ye may live, and not die: and hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you, saying, The Lord will deliver us.

33 Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered at all his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria?

34 Where are the gods of Hamath, and of Arpad? where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah? have they delivered Samaria out of mine hand?

35 Who are they among all the gods of the countries, that have delivered their country out of mine hand, that the Lord should deliver Jerusalem out of mine hand?

36 But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king’s commandment was, saying, Answer him not.

37 Then came Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, which was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder, to Hezekiah with their clothes rent, and told him the words of Rabshakeh.

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50 thoughts on “2 Kings Chapter 18

  1. 3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his father did.
    4 He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.
    5 He trusted in the Lord God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.
    6 For he clave to the Lord, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses.
    7 And the Lord was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not.

    OOOOO LORD LET US BE A HEZEKIAH TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE OUR LOVED ONES, IN KEEPING YOUR COMMANDS AND TRUSTING IN YOU!!! SO THAT WE MAY UNITE AND INTRODUCE YOU TO THE NATIONS LIKE NEVER BEFORE!!! IN JESUS NAME!!!

  2. To the one true God.
    No other god can do what you can do Jesus.
    You are amazing and my friend. My healer and deliverer.
    Thankyou Lord.

  3. 4. He removed the pagan shrines, smashed the sacred pillars, and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke up the bronze serpent that Moses had made, because the people of Israel had been offering sacrifices to it. The bronze serpent was called Nehushtan. NLT

    He destroyed the bronze serpent because it had crossed the line from reminding them of what God had done to becoming a god itself. Anytime something becomes more important to us than God, who gave it to us, it’s time for it to go.

  4. Hezekiah did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight and finally tore down the pagan shrines, so the Lord was with him. In reading the final verses of this chapter all I could think was “Tisk Tisk Tisk” because they clearly didn’t know the power of my God!

  5. 3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his father did.
    4 He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.
    Finally we have a example of Someone leaving a good example and their son following that example. If took many years and mm multiple kings before someone did this. But as a result of following David his actions were blessed and the people of God were blessed. It pays how we live… we must not forget who is watching!

  6. 1 Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign.

    2 Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Abi, the daughter of Zachariah.

    3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his father did.

    4 He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.

    5 He trusted in the Lord God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.

    6 For he clave to the Lord, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses.

    7 And the Lord was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not.

    He trusted in the Lord, he clave to the Lord and the Lord was with him. Trusting and forever clinging to the Lord in everything !

  7. 5 He trusted in the Lord God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.

    Moses was the most meek man ever.
    David was a man after God’s own heart.
    Solomon was the richest and wisest man ever.
    Abasolom was the most beautiful man ever.
    Hezekiah trusted God more that anyone ever.

    All these men will forever be known for these things. What will we be known for? what will our families and our friends know us for? What will Jesus know us for?

  8. iLove to Grow in the Word
    2 Kings 18:5-6 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.

    While meditating on this chapter this morning, the light came on. Think about it, as we’ve been reading the book of Kings, even the evil Kings believed in the Lord in a religious sense of the Word. So what separated Hezekiah (who confessed the Lord) with the other evil kings that confessed the Lord? The answer is easy and it is the same that separates the children of God from the false believers of today…The answer is “their actions”. Hezekiah proved he believed in God by what he did…2 Kings 18:4 NLT “He removed the pagan shrines, smashed the sacred pillars, and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke up the bronze serpent that Moses had made, because the people of Israel had been offering sacrifices to it. The bronze serpent was called Nehushtan.”

    Actions speak louder than words…

    James 2:14 NLT What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?
    James 2:17 NLT So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

  9. 5-6 Hezekiah put his whole trust in the God of Israel. There was no king quite like him, either before or after. He held fast to God—never loosened his grip—and obeyed to the letter everything God had commanded Moses. And God, for his part, held fast to him through all his adventures.

  10. CHOOSE THIS DAY WHO YOU WILL SERVE

    5 He trusted in the Lord God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.
    6 For he clave to the Lord, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses.
    7 And the Lord was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not.
    8 He smote the Philistines, even unto Gaza, and the borders thereof, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.

    Righteous living is not always socially popular, regarded or accepted. However it is Spiritually popular, regarded, and accepted. This principal we witness repeatedly throughout the scripture.

    Verse 5 tells us that the Leader trusted in the LORD GOD of Israel.
    Verse 7 tells us that the LORD was with him and he prospered, and that Hezekiah rebelled against the worldly system.

    However, we also read in this same passage of Israel that was captured and why.

    10 And at the end of three years they took it: even in the sixth year of Hezekiah, that is in the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel, Samaria was taken.
    11 And the king of Assyria did carry away Israel unto Assyria, and put them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes:
    12 Because they obeyed not the voice of the Lord their God, but transgressed his covenant, and all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded, and would not hear them, nor do them.

    Verse 12 teaches us the danger of disobedience is BONDAGE. We have the choice to ignore GOD, His WORD and HIS man, however that does not change the principals of the WORD of GOD.

    Let us prayerfully make wise choices today to SERVE the LORD JESUS and follow HIS WORD and Trust in the LORD at all times and in every situation.

    CHOOSE THIS DAY WHO YOU WILL SERVE

    Choose the LORD and live in VICTORY
    or
    Choose the world and live in BONDAGE

    I choose JESUS!

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap

  11. 4 He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.

    The brazen serpent that Moses made in the wilderness was designed for a specific purpose, and God honored those that looked upon it and healed them. Here in this chapter they took something God gave them at a specific time, and used it for a totally different purpose and actually dishonored God by making it an idol.

    We must be careful that things God allows us to have does not become an idol to us. For instance, He blesses us with a good job to provide for our families, then we abuse the monies that go along with that job and then have to work overtime to make end meet and that job/money becomes our idol because now we can’t be about the things of the kingdom because of our work schedule, or we get so drunk on our success that our job in itself becomes our god.

  12. 3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his father did.
    4 He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.
    5 He trusted in the Lord God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.

    It’s a choice.

    In my own family I have heard the statement. I’ll serve God when…. How scary. To think that you’ll serve God when it best suits you. Thankfully it’s a choice though. So we don’t have to wait until we’re 45 to serve God. How many of us would still be here if this were the case. In this day and age the “cool thing to do” is to make your own choices. What your job is, who your friends are, what you eat, even what you believe in. Yet I don’t go to the white house and say, I’m going to be the president today, or president Obama doesn’t get up and say, I’m going to McDonald’s and be the fry cook today.
    What caused us to have a choice. Many people say well it started in the garden when God made man. God created him to have a choice. Although this is true to the extent that Adam and even made the choice to eat the forbidden fruit. True choice ,as we know it, never came until the fall of man in the garden, because of sin. Because God created man to take care of the garden, and to walk with him, and to worship him. This is why we were created. Yet because of sin that drove out Adam and Eve, we began to have choice. But thanks be to God that he died on the cross for my sins, my choices, that I may be able to commune with him. And receive the Holy Ghost to be one with Him again.

  13. 12 Because they obeyed not the voice of the Lord their God, but transgressed his covenant, and all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded, and would not hear them, nor do them.

    We can’t get so caught on what we are doing that we take god out of the picture.

  14. 32 Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of oil olive and of honey, that ye may live, and not die: and hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you, saying, The Lord will deliver us.

    33 Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered at all his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria?

    The Assyrians underestimated the power of our God, your enemies might do the same when they come against you in your life. But this will end up costing them as the figure out how powerful our God really is! So be encouraged, if someone is trying to keep you down in your life and makes fun of you for living for Jesus, they don’t know how powerful our God really is.

  15. 17 And the king of Assyria sent Tartan and Rabsaris and Rabshakeh from Lachish to king Hezekiah with a great host against Jerusalem. And they went up and came to Jerusalem. And when they were come up, they came and stood by the conduit of the upper pool, which is in the highway of the fuller’s field.

    This company of men give a challenge to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! The God who answered Elijah by fire is able to defend Judah and it’s king who is living rightly before him. Hezekiah was jealous for the Lord like David was. Of course God will hear this challenge from Assyria and show up for Judah and protect his people.

    5 He (Hezekiah) trusted in the Lord God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.

  16. 2 Kings 18:1 In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel Hezekiah son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. He was twentyfive years old when he became king and he rain in Jerusalem Twentynine years his mother’s name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord just as his father David had done. He removed the high places smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it it was called the Nehushtan. Hezekiah trusted in the Lord the god of Israel. Among all the kings of Judah neither beforehand or after hand he held fast to the Lord and did not stop following him he kept the commands the Lord had given Moses and the Lord was with him he was successful and whatever he undertook he rebelled against the king of Syria and did not serve him.

    We must serve the true Living God and must pray that we will not be deceived by other gods of this world.

  17. 5 Hezekiah put his whole trust in the God of Israel. There was no king quite like him, either before or after. 6 He held fast to God – never loosened his grip – and obeyed to the letter everything God had commanded Moses. 7 And God, for his part, held fast to him through all his adventures.

  18. 4 He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.

    5 He trusted in the Lord God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.

    6 For he clave to the Lord, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses.

  19. When the LORS gives you a commandment it doesn’t matter who is talking all the mess in your life. You know who your God and your King is.

  20. 2 Kings 18:32-35 (NLT)
    32) … Don’t listen to Hezekiah when he tries to mislead you by saying, The LORD will rescue us!
    33) Have the gods of any other nations ever saved their people from the king of Assyria?
    34) What happened to the gods of Hamath and Arpad? And what about the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivvah? Did any god rescue Samaria from my power?
    35) What god of any nation has ever been able to save its people from my power? So what makes you think that the LORD can rescue Jerusalem from me?

    “Have the gods of any other nations ever saved their people from the king of Assyria?” I have an answer to this question. NO, because they are no gods at all, they are only idols the work of men’s hands.
    “So what makes you think that the LORD can rescue Jerusalem from me?” I have an answer for this question too. BECAUSE we serve the ONE TRUE LIVING GOD, JESUS! and there is NOTHING TO HARD FOR HIM TO DO!

    JESUS today YOU will SAVE me!
    JESUS today YOU will RESCUE me!!

  21. 7 And the Lord was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not.

    If we find ourselves in a constant downward spiral and out of control it could be the Lord is not with us. Maybe our priorities are not in line with what the Lord is calling us to do. Of course, it could be a test. A trying period to help us gain knowledge of the Lord and His ways and help us prepare for something great in the future. If we inventory our lives and we are aligned with the Lord and have our priorities correct, likely we are in a testing period. However, if we are not prospering and everywhere we turn there is turmoil and despair, maybe we need to spend some time in prayer.

  22. 3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his father did.

    4 He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.

    5 He trusted in the Lord God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.

    6 For he clave to the Lord, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses.

    7 And the Lord was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not.

    Finally after many other kings is a King that follows God wholeheartedly. Letting you know that its a matter of choice and that the message was still out there. He must have heard and been taught about the commandments of the Lord and all that moses shared with the people of God. The message the Word of God lives on. Its all a matter of choice and obedience to it.

  23. “2 Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Abi, the daughter of Zachariah.
    3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his father did.
    4 He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.”

    Bringing the TRUE gospel! It’s time to reach the lost with truth! Many churches now a days say they believe truth and their testimony says otherwise. There is no time to waste! We don’t have time to teach of prosperity and JUST encouragement! If someone claims to preach “gospel” but it does not convict you then is it really gospel?? People need to understand that whether you serve God or not problems will still come! Don’t waste time listening to preachers preach false messages and doctrines! The same way Hezekiah made an incentive to remove high places and break images and so forth, we must have a mentality to push for TRUE gospel. Although it may not make one feel comfortable, the gospel isn’t intended to make you feel comfortable. It’s time to bring a realization to the lost of the importance of salvation in their lives for the eternal reward that awaits one who follow and lives the TRUTH.

  24. “Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with me by a present, and come out to me, and then eat ye every man of his own vine, and every one of his fig tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his cistern”. The word of God (Jesus) identifies enticement. They were trying to entice the people by saying the king of Assyria could be trusted; however they were also trying to say Hezekiah was not to be trusted. One is truly unwise to place ones trust in one that has been proven over and over too be a liar, immoral, and full of deceptive acts. Dear God, bless us as a united and Jesus fearing Nation. God Bless America, Israel, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  25. “Because they obeyed not the voice of the Lord their God, but transgressed his covenant, and all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded, and would not hear them, nor do them.” The word of the Lord has been proven time and time again as the right way. A person can live any way they want, and do whatever they want; however a life without the Lord has proven time and time again to be an empty life. God let us not become trapped in deception, in Jesus name.

  26. Sin uses a lot of pretty words, but they are worthless in the end. Know who you’re listening to.
    31 Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with me by a present, and come out to me, and then eat ye every man of his own vine, and every one of his fig tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his cistern:
    32 Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of oil olive and of honey, that ye may live, and not die: and hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you, saying, The Lord will deliver us.

  27. 4 He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.

    5 He trusted in the Lord God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.

    It’s time to tear down the idols we have put in our lives and trust in God alone to help us become who He meant us to be all along!

  28. 2 Kings 18:12 (MSG)
    12 All this happened because they wouldn’t listen to the voice of their God and treated his covenant with careless contempt. They refused either to listen or do a word of what Moses, the servant of God, commanded.

    God takes covenant very seriously. Notice how this came because they refused to listen to God ordained, and appointed leadership.

    This was simply a matter of obedience to the voice of God through the man of God yet they had contempt for the rules, and regulations.

    This reminds me that the leadership covenant we signed has severe consequences when we ignore it, or refuse to obey it.

    God is not biting at the chomps to find a way to punish us. He is long suffering but allows us to choose our judgment by our actions.

  29. 5 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. NLT

    We always need to trust in the Lord like king Hezekiah, for there is no one like him!!

  30. In this chapter we all see how much of a Godly man Hezekiah was despite the ungodly influence all around. Hezekiah made up in his mind no matter how many relatives or friends that are living for themselves and don’t care to please the one and only God I will serve the lord. Hezekiah was true to the lord, and God stayed true to him too. God word doesn’t lie. YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW!

  31. We know the word of God tells us that God shall not lie! Remember we reap what we sow! Remember we are living vessels that the community and society needs! What we fed ourselves with and surround ourselves with can become something we end up doing, even if its not right! Be careful of what you do and say!

  32. 5 He trusted in the Lord God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.
    6 For he clave to the Lord, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses.

    AMEN!!! Trust in the Lord in the trials and the victories. When its going good and not so good!!! The Lord is ALL we need!!!! Let us not depart and separate from Him but everyday get CLOSER AND CLOSER TO HIM!!!! We can never be to close or know too much from the person we love….Just like the Lord if we love Him we will look for Him, talk to Him, know more about Him, and desire Him more!!! You are my everything Lord, for that I will serve you and worship you for the rest of my life!!!!

  33. Those who obey the Lord, God will watch over you. Our blessings are directly tied to our obedience. That means there is no room for rebellion.

  34. the people held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king’s commandment was, saying, Answer him not.

    There’s always a hush before the storm.! There’s no need to speak when you know Gods working.

  35. “Then Eliakim son of Hilkiah, Shebna, and Joah said to the Assyrian chief of staff, “Please speak to us in Aramaic, for we understand it well. Don’t speak in Hebrew, for the people on the wall will hear.” But Sennacherib’s chief of staff replied, “Do you think my master sent this message only to you and your master? He wants all the people to hear it, for when we put this city under siege, they will suffer along with you. They will be so hungry and thirsty that they will eat their own dung and drink their own urine.””
    ‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭18:26-27‬ ‭NLT‬‬
    http://bible.com/116/2ki.18.26-27.nlt

  36. 14 And Hezekiah king of Judah sent to the king of Assyria to Lachish, saying, I have offended; return from me: that which thou puttest on me will I bear. And the king of Assyria appointed unto Hezekiah king of Judah three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold.

    15 And Hezekiah gave him all the silver that was found in the house of the Lord, and in the treasures of the king’s house.

    16 At that time did Hezekiah cut off the gold from the doors of the temple of the Lord, and from the pillars which Hezekiah king of Judah had overlaid, and gave it to the king of Assyria.

    Carnality will tear down the Spiritual structure in your life and rob your of established holy places (times of prayer, reading the Word, giving tithing and offering, etc.) Yet not only will it cause that damage but it will such that when you look back to Spiritual edifices you once abode in, they will not appear as beautiful and awe-inspiring as they once did. The gold is stripped away, the ornaments dismantled, and it appears broken down and dysfunctional in the eyes of carnality. The Spiritual ways that you once trusted in become dilapidated and a reproach, and carnality wills you to distance yourself from them so you aren’t found alongside those unsightly, old places. Carnality is more than a distraction, it’s more than a “temporary setback;” it’s deeply destructive to our Spiritual walk and the harm it does often takes far longer to repair and rebuild than it did to do the damage in the first place.

  37. 36 But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king’s commandment was, saying, Answer him not.

    God is not defenseless. We are blessed when we are persecuted for his sake but we don’t have to defend God. He defends us. This is why Jesus didn’t say anything back to his accusers. He knew it was all
    Just a part of Gods plan. Let us not put more faith in the words of men than in the words of all mighty God.

  38. 5 He trusted in the Lord God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.

    There is only one Lord God, trust in him. There is no one like him.

  39. The term used here as -fathers house- referred to a person’s extended family. The term father David appears more than 40 times. David is called the father of Hezekiah here as well as of Ahaz I’m 2 Ki 16:2. Both men are descendants of King David: Ahaz, nine generations away from David, and Hezekiah is ten (Mt 1:6-10). Yet the two men, although father and son; one righteous and the other ungodly-are in many ways extreme opposites. This wouldn’t be the first occurrence either if you consider: Adam and Cain, Noah and Ham, Abraham and Ishmael.. the list goes on and on. Their fathers were no doubt mighty men of God but we won’t go to heaven on our dads name. Our name has to be written in the book of life. We are only children of God if we are like him and we will only see him in heaven if we are repent from sin, baptism in Jesus name and receive His Spirit and live following Him. I want to hear well done good and faithful servant.

  40. 2 Kings 18:7-8 And the Lord was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not. He smote the Philistines, even unto Gaza, and the borders thereof, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.

    What happens when you keep God commands and stay faithful to him? You will not only be blessed but you will take enemy territory an gain even the land of those that fell to evil ways before you. You will gain even things that others lost before you.

  41. 5 He trusted in the Lord God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.

    6 For he clave to the Lord, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses.

    7 And the Lord was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not.

  42. “Who are they among all the gods of the countries, that have delivered their country out of mine hand, that the Lord should deliver Jerusalem out of mine hand? But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king’s commandment was, saying, Answer him not.”
    ‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭18:35-36‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    Sometimes you just have to be quiet.

  43. Verses 5-6 MSG “Hezekiah put his whole trust in the God of Israel. There was no king quite like him, either before or after. He held fast to God—never loosened his grip—and obeyed to the letter everything God had commanded Moses. And God, for his part, held fast to him through all his adventures.”

    James 4:8-10 MSG says “So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.”

  44. “Hezekiah did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as King David had done. Hezekiah removed the high places. He smashed the sacred stones. He cut down the poles that were used to worship the goddess Asherah. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made. Up to that time the people of Israel had been burning incense to it. They called it Nehushtan. Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all of the kings of Judah. There was no king like him either before him or after him. Hezekiah remained true to the Lord. He didn’t stop following him. He obeyed the commands the Lord had given Moses.”
    ‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭18:3-6‬ ‭NIRV‬‬

    Thankful for those who follow the Lord whole heartedly.

  45. 32 Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of oil olive and of honey, that ye may live, and not die: and hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you, saying, The Lord will deliver us.

  46. 5 He trusted in the Lord God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.

    6 For he clave to the Lord, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses.

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