Got To Have Hope 2 Kings 18:28-32; 19:5-7, 15-19 Feb. 20, 2011
In what do you have hope? When does hope permeate your being? I am afraid to few of us practice hope even though we know you Got To Have Hope.
1. Hope Encourages Resisting The . . Claims To Oppose A Godly King. 2 Kings 18:28-32
A. Hope Through Resisting The Claims To . . Cause Doubt. 18:28-31
28 The Rabshakeh stood and called out loudly in Hebrew. Then he spoke: “Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria. 29 This is what the king says: ‘Don’t let Hezekiah deceive you; he can’t deliver you from my hand. 30 Don’t let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in the LORD by saying: Certainly the LORD will deliver us! This city will not be handed over to the king of Assyria.’
B. Hope Through Resisting The Claims That . . Contradict King Hezekiah. 18:31-32
31 “Don’t listen to Hezekiah, for this is what the king of Assyria says: ‘Make peace with me and surrender to me. Then every one of you may eat from his own vine and his own fig tree, and every one may drink water from his own cistern 32 until I come and take you away to a land like your own land—a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive trees and honey—so that you may live and not die. But don’t listen to Hezekiah when he misleads you, saying: The LORD will deliver us.
Some things are known to be correct and do not have to be repeated several times in order to convince people of the correctness. Did you notice the messenger from the king of Assyria said 3 times “Don’t listen to Hezekiah.” In life many times we have choices of following God or the claims of the world. Did you know pornography is rampant among the youth of our nation. Some adults promote it and some buy into the
promotion, because they, just like the King of Assyria make false claims. Our emphasis of true love waits receives criticism from the worldly crowd. This emphasis proves itself over and over again in those who practice this lifestyle. We need to resist the emphasis of false claims; even if they sound good.
2. Hope Remembers . . God Is in Control. 2 Kings 19:5-7
A. Hope Remembers To . . Check with God’s Prophet. 2 Kings 19:5-6
5 So the servants of King Hezekiah went to Isaiah, 6 who said to them, “Tell your master this, ‘The LORD
says: Don’t be afraid because of the words you have heard, that the king of Assyria’s attendants have
blasphemed Me with.
B. Hope Remembers To . . Comply with The Truth of God’s Prophet. 2 Kings 19:7
7 I am about to put a spirit in him, and he will hear a rumor and return to his own land where I will cause him to fall by the sword.’”
The people went to check with Isaiah to see if he had a word from the Lord. God did speak through Isaiah His proven prophet. This word said, God will cause the king of Assyriah to hear a rumor follow it and get killed in the process. Sometimes people question why God does or does not act in certain situations. In this case He honors His prophet and the faithfulness of king Hezekiah. Do you think God does not work sometimes because His people don’t faithfully comply with His commandments? Remember these words? “And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.” (Matt 13:58) So when God does not seem to work like we desire maybe we need to check our obedience and faithfulness.
3. Hope Request . . Confirmation of God’s Superiority. 2 Kings 19:15-19
A. Hope Request An . . Audience To Confer with The Lord. 2 Kings 19:15-16
15 Then Hezekiah prayed before the LORD: LORD God of Israel who is enthroned above the cherubim, You are God—You alone—of all the kingdoms of the earth. You made the heavens and the earth.
16 Listen closely, LORD, and hear; open Your eyes, LORD, and see. Hear the words that Sennacherib has
sent to mock the living God.
B. Hope Request An . . Action from The Lord. 2 Kings 19:17-19
17 LORD, it is true that the kings of Assyria have devastated the nations and their lands. 18 They have thrown their gods into the fire for they were not gods but made by human hands—wood and stone. So they have destroyed them. 19 Now, LORD our God, please save us from his hand so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the LORD God—You alone.
I remember hearing of a man who started his prayer with these words; “Lord if you read the morning paper
you know what a tragic event happened in our town Yesterday.” Hezekiah did not have to inform God about
Sennacherib’s victories or his threats; they were known by the Lord. The king needed to get an audience
from the Lord. and ask for the action God alone could do. In one of my pastorates some disgruntled people were writing notes to me with unkind suggestions. I read these verses and it seemed the Lord prompted me to take those notes to church and lay them out before Him. I did and said, “Lord You called me to this church and look what these people are saying. Lord I am turning this matter over to you. I got peace. God sent a death angel for Hezekiah and historical records tell us that 185,000 men from this army were found dead outside of town. The king could have said, “well you’ve Got To Have Hope.” Amen? Amen!