July 16

July 16

Hezekiah (Southern King 29 years) — Hezekiah fights the Assyrians & copies the Proverbs.

Today’s Readings:

Reading 1: 2 Kings 18:9-37

Reading 2: 2 Kings 19

Reading 3: Proverbs 25:1-7

King Hezekiah (the greatest king in Judah’s history) shows us today how to respond to great challenges. Faced with an attack on Judah alongside the destruction of Samaria, Hezekiah turns again to God. He leads the people to seek God, and God answers through the prophet Isaiah, promising victory over the enemy attack.

Within Isaiah’s prophecy, he says, “For a remnant of my people will spread out from Jerusalem, a group of survivors from Mount Zion. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!”

This refers not only to the victory which is coming as God wipes out the majority of the Assyrian army the next day but also to a future day, still hundreds of years ahead when the Holy Spirit would empower 120 believers on the Day of Pentecost to spread out all over the earth with the Good News of Jesus.

Have a great day!