Day 156.

As we approach our season of prayer, this passage stands out. The general of Assyria has marched to Jerusalem and surrounded it. He has wiped out nations all along the way, including the Northern kingdom, and is threatening to do the same. There is no earthly reason why he will not succeed. So King Hezekiah prays.

Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Because you have prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria,

“Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the king of Assyria: He shall not come into this city or shoot an arrow there or come before it with a shield or cast up a siege mound against it. By the way that he came, by the same he shall return, and he shall not come into this city, declares the Lord. For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake and for the sake of my servant David.” And the angel of the Lord went out and struck down a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians. And when people arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies. (Is 37:21, 33-36)

McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: Dt 9, Ps 92-93, Is 37, Rev 7


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