Text: 2 Kings 18:26-37 (KJV)
26 Then said Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and Shebna, and Joah, unto Rabshakeh, Speak, I pray thee, to thy servants in the Syrian language; for we understand it: and talk not with us in the Jews’ language in the ears of the people that are on the wall.
27 But Rabshakeh said unto them, Hath my master sent me to thy master, and to thee, to speak these words? hath he not sent me to the men which sit on the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own piss with you?
28 Then Rabshakeh stood and cried with a loud voice in the Jews’ language, and spake, saying, Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria:
29 Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver you out of his hand:
30 Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, The LORD will surely deliver us, and this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.
31 Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with me by a present, and come out to me, and then eat ye every man of his own vine, and every one of his fig tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his cistern:
32 Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of oil olive and of honey, that ye may live, and not die: and hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you, saying, The LORD will deliver us.
33 Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered at all his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria?
34 Where are the gods of Hamath, and of Arpad? where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah? have they delivered Samaria out of mine hand?
35 Who are they among all the gods of the countries, that have delivered their country out of mine hand, that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem out of mine hand?
36 But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king’s commandment was, saying, Answer him not.
37 Then came Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, which was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder, to Hezekiah with their clothes rent, and told him the words of Rabshakeh.
Key Verse: “Where are the gods of Hamath, and of Arpad? where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah? have they delivered Samaria out of mine hand?” – (2 Kings 18:34)
In a village evangelistic outreach, a man of God shared his experience about the power of God with an old worshipping a local deity for years with her crippled son. Yet, the god could not heal the hopeless son. The preacher then asked: “Why is your god not able to heal your son?” But the woman could not convincingly defend the failure of her god to change her son’s condition. He told her about Christ and His power in all situations. She thus pledged to abandon her god for Christ if God could make him walk. After prayers of faith, her son rose and started walking. This testimony attests to the fact that the Lord is the true God, who is all-powerful and dependable in all situations.
As the case of the old woman, our text reveals the ignorance of Rabshakeh, a servant of the king of Assyria. Ignorantly, he equated God almighty, the Creator of the whole universe with ordinary idols. The text also explains the foolishness of Rabshakeh, who asked the people of Judah not to trust in God, who brought them out of Egypt. Despite the Assyrian threat, the people “held their peace, and answered him not a word.”
As Christians, there are lessons to draw from this account. First, only God has an unfailing and unlimited power. All other gods are powerless. Second, those who trust in the god of money, fame, politics, herbalist, or prophets will be disappointed like the people of Hamath, Arpad, Sepharvaim, Hena and Ivah. Third, as believers, we should take solace in God, who is able to deliver as He did in threat and attack from our enemies.
Does your condition defy all solutions? Are your foes asking if your God is alive? Remember, God will surely deliver His people who put their trust in Him.
Thought For The Day: Only God our Creator can truly deliver.
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