2 Kings 19:25a - God is Omniscient and Immutable.
2 Kings 19:25a; God is Omniscient and Immutable.
2 Ki 19:25a (NRSV) Have you not heard that I determined it long
ago? I planned from days of old what now I bring to pass,
2 Ki 19:25a (TEV) Have you never heard that I planned all this
long ago? And now I have carried it out.
God Answers Hezekiah
God's Answer through Isaiah
Isaiah Predicts Judah's Deliverance
Isaiah Prophesies Sennacherib's Fall (19:20-37)
Isaiah's Prophecy Against King Sennacherib of Assyria--Isaiah
Isaiah 37:26 (KJV) Hast thou not heard long ago, how I have
done it; and of ancient times, that I have formed it? now have I
brought it to pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste defenced cities
into ruinous heaps.
Isa 46:9, 10 (NIV) Remember the former things, those of long
ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none
like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times,
what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do
all that I please.
Psalm 33:11 (KJV) The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever,
the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
COMMENTARY / APPLICATION
Overview: Hezekiah's godly character is praised (18:1-8). He
rebelled against Assyria, leading to an invasion by Shalmaneser and
destruction of many fortified cities (vv. 9-16). But when Hezekiah appealed
to the LORD, Assyria was turned away from Jerusalem (v. 17-19:37),
and the Southern Kingdom was preserved. The account of Hezekiah
concludes with the story of an earlier healing and an unwise welcome of
envoys from Babylon (20:1-21). [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary]
Background: The material on Hezekiah is organized by theme
rather than chronology. His healing (2 Kings 20) took place before the
Assyrian invasion (2 Kings 18-19).
Hezekiah's first years of independent rule, from about 715 to
705 B.C, were spent in religious reforms. He then boldly rebelled
against Assyria, which was weakened by internal strife. He attacked and
defeated Assyria's vassal, Philistia, and set about strengthening Judah's
defenses. In 701 B.C. a new ruler, Sennacherib, turned to the west to deal
with the rebel coalition headed by Judah and supported by Egypt. The
Assyrians swept along the seacoast and attacked Judah from the west,
destroying the key fortified city of Lachish. Sennacherib then prepared to
attack Jerusalem. The dramatic story of how he was turned back is told
in 2 Kings 19-20, and again in 2 Chronicles 32 and Isaiah 36-39.
Sennacherib never returned to Judah. Twenty years later he was assassinated
by two of his sons.
Pictorial reliefs of the siege of Lachish decorate Sennacherib's
palace in Assyria. Assyrian records detail the spoil taken from Judah
(cf. 2 Kings 18:14) and claim to have "shut Hezekiah up like a caged
bird in Jerusalem." But the great king failed to take Judah's capital
before rushing home. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary]
The Lord is now giving His answer to the Assyrian king. After
all Sennacherib's boasting as to what he would do, the Lord asks him
if he has not heard that Jehovah has the destiny of nations under
His control, and that every nation occupies its place only as
permitted to do so by Him. At that time the Assyrians were His tool for
the carrying out of His purposes. [SDA Commentary]
God replied to Sennacherib's taunting words (18:19-25),
indicting him for arrogance. Sennacherib believed his kingdom had grown
because of his own efforts and strength. In reality, said God, he
succeeded only because of what God had allowed and caused. It is arrogance
to think we are solely responsible for our achievements. God, as
Creator, rules over nations and people. [Life Application SB]
"Why?" we wonder as we struggle to put the pieces back in a
"Why?" we think as we read of a devastating earthquake halfway
around the world.
"Why?" we cry as we stand at the grave of a loved one.
Life is short and sometimes tragic, and each day we are reminded
of our finiteness. We don't know the future, we don't know the
relationship between events, and we certainly don't know why.
But we do know that God is good and all-knowing - nothing
catches him by surprise, not the car out of control, the malignant
tumor, the hurricane, or the disease. So even as we wonder and question
the reason and cause for each event, we can be confident that God
knows and that in everything, even the senseless tragedy, he is
working. (From On Eagle's Wings by Dave Veerman) [Inspirational SB]
One of the items in Ripley's Believe It or Not is a picture of a
plain bar of iron. It is valued at $5. The same bar of iron has a far
different value, however, if it is fashioned into different items.
As a pair of horse shoes, it would be worth $50.
Made into sewing needles, it would be worth $5,000.
Formed into balance springs for fine Swiss watches, it would be
The raw material is not what is important. What's important is
how the raw material is developed!
To each of us has been given talents and abilities--some have
received more, others less, but all have received some unique gift from
God. As Christians, we also enjoy spiritual gifts which flow from the
Holy Spirit of God.
The value of these raw materials, however, is moot unless we
develop and use our talents, abilities, and spiritual gifts as a force
for divine good in this world.
If you don't know what your abilities and gifts are, ask God to
reveal them to you. Then ask Him to show you what He wants you to do
with them and begin doing it. Your happiness and success in life will
be found in fulfilling His plan for your life. [God's Little
If this verse is true, and it most certainly is, why do we so
often disregard God? Do we treat Him with a token quiet time some
days? Do we run to Him in a crisis and ignore Him when things are
running smoothly? What we need to understand is that God created the
earth with His Word; He determines the times and places of each
person's life; He knows the number of hairs on our head; He ordained
the number of days of each life and wrote them in His book. What
would/could the Christian life be like if we were able to live in a
continuous attitude of prayer with God; if we continuously acknowledged His
presence; if we remained in an on-going posture of listening for His
voice. Be thankful that each day brings new beginning. Today we have
the opportunity to start over and make Jesus top priority! Let's do
it! [In His Time; Walk With Wisdom]