Daily Thoughts : October 7th
Isa 37:14 Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD.
This is all about a letter that King Hezekiah has received from the Assyrian general threatening him. Hezekiah, in this instance, is a good example for us. He first of all goes to the temple because that is known to be the meeting place with the Lord, where the Lord's presence is known to reside. He knows that he is outgunned by Assyria but this is God's town, God's place of residence if you like. It belongs to God, and so any message that comes threatening it needs to be taken to the Lord.
He literally takes the parchment into the Temple and laid it out on the floor before the Most Holy Place, where the presence of God was said to reside, and he prayed, “O LORD Almighty, 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 all the words Sennacherib has sent to insult the living God.”
Good prayer, Hezekiah! He puts the problem in perspective. The Lord is the king over all the earth, so when this petty tyrant turns up threatening Jerusalem, he's threatening the Lord. What a stupid thing to do! He doesn't realise who he's up against, but Hezekiah does. Hezekiah, king though he may be, is just like the Lord's office boy, so he comes in and brings the ‘post' and lays it out before the Lord. Have we learned to do the same in such circumstances?
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