The Tale of Two Kings Stalked by Pride


The Tale of Two Kings Stalked by Pride came right from the Word of God. It shows the prideful king, Sennacherib king of Assyria, and the humble dependent king, Hezekiah son of Ahaz king of Judah. Sennacherib was prideful and never repented for not trusting in Jehovah. In contrast, 2 Kings 18 tells us that “Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him.” The Tale of Two Kings Stalked by Pride is a repost, but the impact is just as powerful.

Okay folks, today’s post will be rich and full with text from today’s scriptural reference – 2 Kings 18-19. You must read  the text in order for you to get the benefit. I promise that it will not take you more than 10 minutes to read it, but the blessing will last a life time.

As you know, we all face challenges. In our text today, Hezekiah, King of Judah, faced a seeming insurmountable challenge. Several kings of Assyria had marched against several cities, including those of Judah and Samaria, laying siege to them. Now, Hezekiah faced a challenge from Sennacherib king of Assyria who sent word to Hezekiah and the people saying “Do not let Hezekiah deceive you. He cannot deliver you from my hand. 30 Do not let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in the LORD when he says, ‘The LORD will surely deliver us; this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.” “Do not listen to Hezekiah, for he is misleading you when he says, ‘The LORD will deliver us.’ 33 Has the god of any nation ever delivered his land from the hand of the king of Assyria? Sennacherib made several calls for the people to not to trust in the Lord via what Hezekiah told and led them. Sennacherib was attempting to cause the people not to trust in the Lord God.

Life circumstance and people will attempt to draw you away from the Lord, for you not to depend and trust in the Lord for your strength and survival. Resist the devil and he will flee. We must do exactly like Hezekiah. We must humble ourselves and pray in total dependency on God to be true to what He promised. In 2 Kings 19, Hezekiah prayed:

And Hezekiah prayed to the LORD: “O LORD, God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 16 Give ear, O LORD, and hear; open your eyes, O LORD, and see; listen to the words Sennacherib has sent to insult the living God.

 17 “It is true, O LORD, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste these nations and their lands. 18They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by men’s hands. 19Now, O LORD our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all kingdoms on earth may know that you alone, O LORD, are God.”

Through the prophet Isaiah, God sent the answer to his prayer. “20 Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent a message to Hezekiah: “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I have heard your prayer concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria.” You must read verses 21-34 to hear what God said, but I want to share with you what God did. “35 That night the angel of the LORD went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies! 36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Nineveh and stayed there.  37 One day, while he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisroch, his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer cut him down with the sword, and they escaped to the land of Ararat. And Esarhaddon his son succeeded him as king.”

God will do what He said He would do. No matter what you are facing, remain vigilant to trusting the Lord God, your God. As a believer in Christ, we should aspire to trusting the Lord God regardless of the enormity of the challenge. In 2 Kings 18, listen to the testimony given about Hezekiah relentless dependency and trust in the Lord God.

5 Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. 6He held fast to the LORD and did not cease to follow him; he kept the commands the LORD had given Moses. 7 And the LORD was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook. He rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him.

We see in 2 Kings 19 that God answered Hezekiah’s prayer keeping His promise to Hezekiah by delivering Jerusalem and killing Sennacherib king of Assyria. When God promises deliverance for us, He will do it because He has promised in His Word:  ”Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 Pray for deliverance in your life; listen to God’s response, and trust in what He tells you. From 2 Kings 19, we see how doing so impacts The Tale of Two Kings Stalked by Pride. Don’t let pride bring about your fall as Sennacherib king of Assyria.

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