The Assyrian army arrives at the Gates of Jerusalem. Instead of receiving the gold stripped from the temple doors as a bribe, Sennacherib demanded the complete surrender of Jerusalem. Receiving the death threats and written blasphemy of God, Hezekiah runs into the Temple of the Lord demonstrating one of the most powerful moments of intercession in the Old Testament.
2 Chronicles 32
2 Kings 18:17-37, 2 Kings 19
Isaiah 36, 37
Even before the Assyrian invasion of Philistia, Hezekiah falls deathly ill. Coinciding with the loss of huge sections of his country, populace and army, Hezekiah's health deteriorated quickly. All of Philistia falls to the Assyrians, an Egyptian army is destroyed and we conclude with the siege of Lachish.
As we enter into one of the most exciting stories in the Old Testament, we cover Hezekiah's engineering achievement and we prime up for all of the events that occur around the 701BC time period including the Assyrian invasion of Judah, the Egyptian and Babylonian involvement in the campaigns, Isaiah's prophecies, Hezekiah's sickness and the clash of spiritual and physical arms outside Lachish.
2 Kings 18
The story of Hezekiah is a lesson on how to radically change a country. Starting as regent or co-ruler with his father, Hezekiah begins by rebuilding Jerusalem's defenses and reestablishing Israel's army and commissioned engineers to start an engineering project.
Upon his father's death, Hezekiah introduced his spiritual reforms by reopening the temple doors, cleansing the temple and reinstating the worship of God. Sending out evangelists into the desolate region of Northern Israel, Hezekiah calls the entirety of the people of Israel back to God and to reinstitute all of the practices of David and Solomon. In this episode, we cover the remainder of the revival of Hezekiah.
2 Kings 18:1-12
2 Chronicles 29-31
After a three year siege, Samaria falls to the Assyrians marking the end of the nation of Northern Israel. In this episode, we cover the siege and the end of Northern Israel and discuss its best and worst kings and their highest and lowest moments with personal feedback learned over the last few years of studying the kingdom of Northern Israel.
2 Kings 17:6-40
2 Kings 13:4-5
Not since the night of the first born of Egypt did the Angel of Death visit the earth, yet his services were required again in the year 701BC. According to Jewish tradition, the Angel of Death was named Aziel and a night of reckoning for the powers that be was set forth.
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At the height of the siege of Jerusalem, King Ahaz sent riders out to Ninevah to offer his submission to Tiglath Pileaser of Assyria. His riders make it to Ninevah and offer Jerusalem's treasures, but the treasures made no difference because Assyria had already invaded Aram and Northern Isreal. The invasion of Aram led to the end of the state of Aram and the submission of Northern Israel. All that remained of Northern Israel was the city of Samaria and other hilltop cities. In one last grasp for power, King Hoshea tries to play his cards but is called on the mat by Assyria's next king Shalmaneser V who invades and besieges Samaria.
2 Kings 16:7-9
2 Kings 17
In a final bid for survival, Aram and Northern Israel join forces and attack Judah leaving a devastating wake of destruction and death in their wake. The wicked King Ahaz and the rest of the nation of Judah hide behind their remaining cities and their city walls. In the midst of the siege, the prophet Isaiah brings a message of hope to a desperate nation and its wicked king.
While the prophet Isaiah prophesies from the city, Micah prophecies from the country. The prophecies of Micah focus on the location of Judah and Israel, they vary dramatically from the time perspective. Speaking judgment words in his generation, Micah also speaks to the Messianic age and the end of the age. In this episode, we cover the significant prophecies of Micah.
The Book of Micah