-In the fourteenth year of Hezekiah’s 29 year reign in Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 29:1) Sennacherib, king of Assyria, came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and seized them. Rabshakeh, whom Sennacherib had sent, came from Lachish (in the western part of Judah) to Jerusalem and spoke to the Jewish leadership, Eliakim (over the king’s household), Shebna (the scribe), and Joah (the recorder). He berated his enemies and tried to destroy their confidence. He attempted to produce fear, anxiety, panic, and demoralization in the people of God by telling them their counsel and strength for war are only empty words, their God was not able to rescue, Egypt was a weak ally that could not be counted on for deliverance (which was accurate, Isaiah 31), and that King Hezekiah was a deceiver. In other words he gave a false report and hope for the purpose of overthrowing the people of Jerusalem. He promised a new land with grain and new wine, bread, and vineyards (Isaiah 36:1-20). As these words were spoken, the leaders were silent and answered him not a word for this was King Hezekiah’s commandment (Isaiah 36:21). The leaders then came to King Hezekiah with their clothes torn in despair and told him the words of Rabshakeh. *Application* We have a multitude of voices vying for our attention and capitulation. The only Voice we need to receive is the Voice of God on any matter. What He says is what really counts. So, seek out His opinion on every matter from His Word, the Bible, in connection to the Spirit that is speaking to your inner man.
Verse to Memorize: Isaiah 36