Dave Burnette's Commentary

2 Kings Chapter 19

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Jeremiah
Date Penned: (586 BC)
Overview: A History of the Kings of Israel and Judah (c 1-25)
Theme: The Surviving Kingdom (c 18-25)
Message: Isaiah Predicts Deliverance (v 1-37)

2 Kings 19 Commentary 

(19:1-7) God Answers Hezekiah's Prayer - Sennacherib, whose armies had captured all the fortified cities of Judah, sent a message to Hezekiah to surrender. Realizing the situation was hopeless, Hezekiah went to the temple and prayed. God answered Hezekiah's prayer and delivered Judah by sending an angel to attack the Assyrian camp, forcing Sennacherib to leave at once. Prayer should be our first response in any crisis. Don't wait until things are hopeless. Pray daily for God's guidance. Our problems are his opportunities.

(19:2) Hezekiah Listened to  Isaiah  - Isaiah the prophet had been working for God since the days of Uzziah (Azariah)-40 years (Isaiah 6:1). Although Assyria was a world power, it could not conquer Judah as long as Isaiah counseled the kings. Isaiah prophesied during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, and Manasseh. Ahaz ignored Isaiah, but Hezekiah listened to his advice. To read his prophecies, see the book of Isaiah.

(19:15-19) Hezekiah's Pattern of Prayer - Although Hezekiah came boldly to God, he did not take God for granted or approach him flippantly. Instead, Hezekiah acknowledged God's sovereignty and Judah's total dependence on him. Hezekiah's prayer provides a good model for us. We should not be afraid to approach God with our prayers, but we must come to him with respect for who he is and what he can do.

(19:23) Cherubims - Cherubims are mighty angelic beings. When Solomon constructed the temple, he had the builders place two 15-foot-tall cherubims made of olive wood and overlaid with gold on either side of the ark of the covenant to serve as symbolic guardians (1 Kings 6:23-28).

(19:21-34) God Replies to Seenacherib - 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, he had succeeded only because of what God had allowed and caused. It is arrogant to think we are solely responsible for our achievements. God, as our creator, rules over nations and people.

(19:28) The Assyrians - The Assyrians treated captives with cruelty. They tortured prisoners for entertainment by blinding them, cutting them, or pulling off strips of their skin until they died. If the Assyrians wished to make a captive a slave, they would often put a hook in the person's nose. God was saying that the Assyrians would be treated the way they had treated others.

(19:31) The Power of Faith - As long as a tiny spark remains, a fire can be rekindled and fanned into a roaring blaze. Similarly, if just a small remnant of true believers retains the spark of faith, God can rebuild it into a strong nation. And if only a glimmer of faith remains in a believer's heart, God can use it to restore blazing faith in that believer. If you feel that only a spark of faith remains in you, ask God to use it to rekindle a roaring fire of commitment to him.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Faith to Move Mountains


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Today we continue the book of 2 Kings with Chapter 19.  In our text, we see Isaiah predicts deliverance, Hezekiah asks God for help, and God promises safety for Jerusalem. What catches my eye is how a Word from God that was prayed over - with a small seed of faith - wiped out over five thousand Assyrians. In making applications, we see the same power available today. Our Nation has strayed from God, but we have His Word that victory is ours. If we simply pray over God's Word - and have that same small seed of faith in our hearts - we too can move mountains and have our enemies wiped out. It reminds me of a Pastor friend I knew that wanted to build a Church on donated land where a mountain sat. Their lease was up where they had started worshiping, and they did not have the funds to level the terrain to build a Church. They prayed with faith that God would move their mountain. After their prayer, Walmart bought the land at the bottom of the mountain by the interstate and needed a large amount of dirt to level the land for their store. Walmart asked if they would move the mountain of earth on the Church's property, and you guessed it....the prayer to remove the mountain was answered. They not only moved it but moved it for free, and their Church was built. How about you? Do you have a mountain to move in your life? Let us learn from our text today and the life of Hezekiah to remember that a prayer, on the truth of God's Word, in His Will,  will move mountains.


2 Kings 19

2 Kings 19

 1And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the LORD.

 2And he sent Eliakim, which was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.

 3And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and blasphemy; for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth.

 4It may be the LORD thy God will hear all the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living God; and will reprove the words which the LORD thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that are left.

 5So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.

 6And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say to your master, Thus saith the LORD, Be not afraid of the words which thou hast heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.

 7Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and shall return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.

 8So Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah: for he had heard that he was departed from Lachish.

 9And when he heard say of Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, Behold, he is come out to fight against thee: he sent messengers again unto Hezekiah, saying,

 10Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God in whom thou trustest deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.

 11Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, by destroying them utterly: and shalt thou be delivered?

 12Have the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers have destroyed; as Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden which were in Thelasar?

 13Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivah?

 14And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.

 15And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said, O LORD God of Israel, which dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth.

 16LORD, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, LORD, thine eyes, and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent him to reproach the living God.

 17Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the nations and their lands,

 18And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them.

 19Now therefore, O LORD our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD God, even thou only.

 20Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, That which thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard.

 21This is the word that the LORD hath spoken concerning him; The virgin the daughter of Zion hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.

 22Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel.

 23By thy messengers thou hast reproached the LORD, and hast said, With the multitude of my chariots I am come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon, and will cut down the tall cedar trees thereof, and the choice fir trees thereof: and I will enter into the lodgings of his borders, and into the forest of his Carmel.

 24I have digged and drunk strange waters, and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of besieged places.

 25Hast 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 fenced cities into ruinous heaps.

 26Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded; they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the house tops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up.

 27But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy rage against me.

 28Because thy rage against me and thy tumult is come up into mine ears, therefore I will put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest.

 29And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year such things as grow of themselves, and in the second year that which springeth of the same; and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruits thereof.

 30And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall yet again take root downward, and bear fruit upward.

 31For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this.

 32Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it.

 33By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the LORD.

 34For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.

 35And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.

 36So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.

 37And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword: and they escaped into the land of Armenia. And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.