Defend Your Home

Men, if someone were to come into your front yard today and start shouting to your family that they shouldn’t be listening to you, there is no God and the way of the world is better than the way of God, what would you do? That’s what King Hezekiah faced when Sennacherib, King of Assyria came to his front yard.

Sennacherib had defeated all the surrounding cities and had come to lay siege to Jerusalem. Hezekiah believed that the Lord would deliver them. The Bible says, “Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel” (2 Kings 18:5). Sennacherib was taunting the people inside the walls of the city. He said, “Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria! Do not listen to Hezekiah, for he is misleading you when he says, ‘The Lord will deliver us.’ This is what the king of Assyria says: ‘Make peace with me and come out to me. Then every one of you will eat from his own vine and fig tree and drink water from his own cistern’” (2 Kings 18:31-32).

We wouldn’t let anyone stand in our front yard and shout such things to our families. We do our best to control what they see and hear, but some of that junk gets through anyway. Satan is speaking to our families in a language and through media that they understand well.

Hezekiah’s messengers on the wall said to Sennacherib, “Please speak to your servants in Aramaic, since we understand it. Don’t speak to us in Hebrew in the hearing of the people on the wall” (2 Kings 18:26). They were trying to control what the people within the city were hearing but Sennacherib replied, “Was it only to your master and you that my master sent me to say these things, and not to the men sitting on the wall—” (2 Kings 18:27).

It might seem that there is nothing we can do–that this is a losing battle–but, don’t underestimate the power of prayer.

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. 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. It is true, O Lord, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste these nations and their lands. They 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. Now, O Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all kingdoms on earth may know that you alone, O Lord, are God” (2 Kings 19:15-19).

So, how did it end? “That night the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp” (2 Kings 19:35). And Sennacherib went back to Assyria with his tail between his legs. What can’t God do for you?

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