Theme: THE END OF THE WICKED
Text: “There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.” – Psalm 33:16-19.
Comment: When Sennacherib, king of Assyria besieged Jerusalem, he, through his officers, inflicted psychological punishment on the king and people of Judah, by way of threats, intimidation, verbal abuse and rage. Like the ass that likes to hear himself bray, Rabshakeh, one of the king’s officers, talked audaciously and insolently against God and the people saying, “…Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver you out of his hand: Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, The LORD will surely deliver us, and this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria..”. adding, “Who are they among all the gods of the countries, that have delivered their country out of mine hand, that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem out of mine hand?” – 2 Kings 18:28-30, 33-35. See also Isaiah 37:1-38.
Hezekiah threw himself before God in prayer saying: “Now therefore, O LORD our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD, even thou only.” – Isaiah 37:20.
What is required of us is to be doing the righteousness of God. When we call on him in times of trouble He will certainly hear us by His grace, “Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” Psalm 50:14, 15.