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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

2 Chronicles 32

Sennacherib attacks

Summary:
Sennacherib, king of Assyria, then invaded Judah. Hezekiah tried to prepare, but building up the towers, building weapons, and cutting of Sennacherib's water supply. He told his men that God was more powerful than any army. Sennacherib tried to discourage Jerusalem's people against Hezekiah's strong faith in God, saying that he had pushed aside many gods.

Hezekiah and Isaiah - a prophet - prayed, and God sent an angel who killed the Assyrians, and Sennacherib went home.

Hezekiah later became sick, and God healed him, but he became proud, but because he repented, God's anger for his pride was delayed til after his death. He was wealthy and successful, and his son Manasseh succeeded him.

Key verse:
19. They spoke about the God of Jerusalem as they did about the gods of the other peoples of the world—the work of men's hands.

My thoughts:
You can feel the disgust and utter conviction in today's key verse. How dare anyone think of Yahweh as just another god? Though we have a clear understanding of God's ultimate power over all things in our Churchified society, you can imagine that any true conviction that God is the only true God above all others would be difficult to foster when you are in a (comparatively) small community who worshipped Him. However, the Jews were sure that their God, their national God, was in fact also God of All That Is.

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