Monday, October 10th, 2016
Suffering (Part 14)
Mockery: King Hezekiah*
Then Rabshakeh stood and cried with a loud voice in Judean, saying, 'Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria. Thus says the king, 'Do not let Hezekiah deceive you, for he will not be able to deliver you from my hand; nor let Hezekiah make you trust in the Lord... Do not listen to Hezekiah when he misleads you, saying, 'The Lord will deliver us.' Has any one of the gods of the nations delivered his land from the hand of the king of Assyria?'
2 Kings 18:28-33 (NASB)
Hezekiah was a very good king in an age when good kings were uncommon, even among the Lord's chosen people. Unlike his evil father, King Ahaz, 'He did what was good, right and true before the Lord his God' (2 Chronicles 31:20).
But one day, Hezekiah faced the threat of Assyria, earth's super-power. Their armies had destroyed many nations, including Judah's kin, Samaria. Now they smack-talked at Jerusalem's gate, mocking Hezekiah and demanding his immediate surrender--or else.
Hezekiah took it to Isaiah, who took it to God, and God did His thing. 'The angel of the Lord went out and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men rose early in the morning, behold, all of them were dead' (2 Kings 19:35).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: To be mocked is to be in the game, so consider it a compliment.
'Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you' (Matthew 5:11-12).
Even more, when someone insults you, God takes your insult Personally:
'Whom have you reproached and blasphemed?
And against whom have you raised your voice,
And haughtily lifted up your eyes?
Against the Holy One of Israel!' (2 Kings 19:22).
And 'It is a fearful thing to fall into the Hands of the living God' (Hebrews 10:31).
Learn to see insults differently, and therefore, pray for your enemies.
To Be Continued...
* Short article: What can we learn from the life of Hezekiah? https://www.gotquestions.org/life-Hezekiah.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Suffering series.