Read Isaiah 37
Focus on verse 20
We live in an age of global communication. With a few keystrokes one is able to publish to the worldwide web where anyone with access to the Internet can read what has been written. This has many advantages like making it possible for people who are separated geographically to stay connected. It makes it much easier for small companies to market goods to a global market. Through applications like Facebook and Twitter the entire world can be aware of events in real time, as they happen anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, these applications can also be used by people with more sinister intentions to spread propaganda or to incite fear and hatred with equal efficiency.
In today’s reading Isaiah records the rest of the story of how the Lord delivers King Hezekiah and the people of Judah from destruction at the hand of the king of Assyria. When Hezekiah makes his plea to the Lord asking God to intervene on behalf of the people of Judah, he concludes his prayer as follows:
So now, O Lord our God, save us from his hand,
that all the kingdoms of the earth may know
that you alone are the Lord. (v. 20)
Notice the basis upon which Hezekiah makes his request. He does not appeal to anything he or his people have done. He does not beg for mercy, or try to convince the Lord of his own righteousness. Rather Hezekiah appeals to God’s desire for all the peoples of the earth to know and worship Him.
As we read to the end the chapter it becomes apparent that Hezekiah’s appeal is successful as God intervenes on behalf of Hezekiah by striking down 185,000 Assyrian soldiers, which is sufficient to cause the Assyrian king to retreat to his own country where his own family assassinates him. This event does reach the ears of the surrounding nations, resulting in a few more years of relative peace for Israel through the end of Hezekiah’s reign as king.