Slaying Giants: Week 9 – Part 2
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Concluding Thoughts on Chapter 9
Looking back at out study this week, we see that King Hezekiah was one of the most courageous and faithful kings of Judah. Despite facing numerous challenges, he trusted the Lord and stood firm in his faith. As we conclude this chapter, let’s recap 5 ways that he demonstrated courageous faith.
- He Removed Idolatry from Judah
Hezekiah was committed to obeying the Lord and leading his people in the right direction, and so, one of the first things he did when he became king was to remove all of the idols and high places that had been set up in Judah. He ordered the priests and Levites to purify the temple and restore the proper worship of the Lord. This was a courageous move, as many of the people of Judah had become accustomed to worshiping false gods and idols.
- He Refused to Submit to Assyria
While Hezekiah paid tribute to Assyria, he did not submit to their authority, and continued to resist their influence. He remained faithful to the Lord and believed that God would protect his people in whatever circumstances they found themselves in.
- Hezekiah Prayed for Deliverance from Sennacherib, the King of Assyria
Hezekiah’s army was vastly outnumbered, and it seemed like defeat was inevitable. But Hezekiah did not lose heart. He went to the temple and prayed to the Lord for deliverance. The Lord heard his prayer and sent an angel to destroy the Assyrian army, saving Judah from destruction. Hezekiah’s faith and courage in the face of overwhelming odds is a testament to his devotion to the Lord.
- Hezekiah Was Determined to Restore Justice
Hezekiah spoke out against the Assyrians: In 2 Chronicles 32. He encouraged his people to be strong and courageous in the face of Assyrian threats. Hezekiah knew that the Assyrians were a formidable enemy, but he refused to be intimidated and urged his people to trust in God’s protection.
- Hezekiah Trusted in the Lord in the Face of Illness
Later in his life, Hezekiah became seriously ill. The prophet Isaiah told him that he would not recover from his illness and should put his affairs in order. But Hezekiah didn’t lose faith. He prayed to the Lord for healing, and the Lord heard his prayer. Hezekiah was miraculously healed, and he lived for another 15 years. Hezekiah’s faith and trust in the Lord in the face of sickness and death is a testament to his courage and devotion. Details are found in 2 Kings 20:5-6.
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Questions and Answers from Chapter 9
What was his [Hezekiah’s] first order of business as king?
His first order of business was to open the doors of the temple and cleanse it.
How was King Hezekiah different from his father?
Hezekiah was a man after God’s own heart, which his father King Ahaz shut the doors of the temple, set up altars on every street corner in Jerusalem, and burned sacrifices to other gods.
What happened to the messengers in 2 Chronicles Chapter 30 when they delivered the invitations on behalf of King Hezekiah?
They were scorned and ridiculed by many of the people.
What does 1 Peter 4:14 say? Write the verse out here:
If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
What steps did Hezekiah take to prepare for the battle?
He gathered a group of people and together they blocked off the water that flowed through the land. They prepared the broken sections of the wall and built towers on it. They reinforced the wall around the city and built a second wall around that. They made many weapons and shields.
How should we prepare for tomorrow’s battle today?
We can prepare by holding on to our joy, reinforcing the walls of protection by drawing closer to God, standing firm in our faith, and putting on the full armor of God.
What does the word encourage mean?
To instill courage in someone.
What does the word discourage mean?
To cause someone to lose their courage or confidence.
According to Romans 15:4, what 2 things give us hope?
- The endurance taught in the Scriptures.
- The encouragement they provide.
What are the six (let’s make that seven) pieces of armor listed in Ephesians 6:10-18?
- The belt of truth
- The breastplate of righteousness
- Our feet shod with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
- The shield of faith
- The helmet of salvation
- The sword of the spirit
- Pray in the spirit on all occassions
What happened after Hezekiah and Isaiah prayed?
That night the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp.
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