There is a loud voice in our world.
- There are many voices in the world – 1 Corinthians 14:10 – There are, it may be, so many kinds of languages in the world, and none of them without significance.
- The devil is the loudest – 1 Peter 5:8 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. – Lions try to paralyze their prey, causing confusion (covid, Ukraine, media).
- Three billboards in a row said anti-God stuff – The world is speaking
There was a bully with a big mouth – King Sennacherib, the Assyrian king
- King Sennacherib took over many kingdoms – he is known for leading the people away with hooks in their noses. Now he set his eyes on Judah.
- The enemy tried to blame Hezekiah – 2 Chronicles 32:12 – Don’t you realize that Hezekiah is the very person who destroyed all the Lord’s shrines and altars? He commanded Judah and Jerusalem to worship only at the altar at the Temple and to offer sacrifices on it alone.
- Bullies talk a big game – 2 Chron 32:13 – Surely you must realize what I and the other kings of Assyria before me have done to all the people of the earth! Were any of the gods of those nations able to rescue their people from my power?
- Don’t listen to that crazy Hezekiah (crazy pastor) – 2 Chronicles 32:15 – Don’t let Hezekiah deceive you! Don’t let him fool you like this!
- Some people even act as they heard from God – 2 Kings 18:25
- They further mocked God and His servant – 2 Chronicles 32:16 – And Sennacherib’s officers further mocked the Lord God and his servant Hezekiah, heaping insult upon insult.
But there was a great leader in the land, King Hezekiah, the great reformer
- King Hezekiah cleanses the Temple, the House of God – 2 Chronicles 29:3-18
- The King restores worship – 2 Chronicles 29:20-36
- He restored Passover – 2 Chronicles 30
- Hezekiah destroyed the high places and the alters to the false idols – 2 Chronicles 31:1
- 2 Chronicles 31:20-21 – Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God. 21 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered.
- Hezekiah pleased God and was someone to be reckoned with.
The People of God have a voice too
- Hezekiah sought the voice of the prophet, Isaiah, – 2 Kings 19:2 – when in trouble, we need a word from the Word.
- Isaiah prophecies saying basically “Listen, I Myself got this one” – 2 Kings 19:7 – God doesn’t like bullies.
- 2 Kings 19:35 – That night the angel of the Lord went out to the Assyrian camp and killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers. When the surviving Assyrians woke up the next morning, they found corpses everywhere.
- A couple of times the disciples asked why (Matt 17) – Mark 10:22-24 – So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
- The fire of God came out of his mouth Psalms 18:8. When David cried out – Revelation 19:5 the sword of the Spirit comes out of his mouth. The same sword must be used by His people today. It’s the spoken Rhema of God that defeats the enemy – Ephesians 6:17.
- Acts 2:3 – Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.
- This is how this epic battle is ultimately won by this voice