2 Chronicles 32:10-17 (TLV)- 10 “Thus says King Sennacherib of Assyria, ‘What are you relying on that you would stay in Jerusalem, under siege? 11 Is not Hezekiah misleading you, to let you die by famine and thirst, saying, “Adonai Eloheinu will deliver us from the hand of the king of Assyria?” 12 Has not the same Hezekiah removed His high places and His altars, and commanded Judah and Jerusalem saying, “You shall worship before one altar and upon it you shall burn incense?” 13 Do not you know what I and my fathers have done to all the peoples of the lands? Were the gods of the nations of the lands ever able to deliver their land out of my hand? 14 Who among all the gods of these nations-which my father’s utterly destroyed-could deliver his people form my hand? How then is your God able to deliver you from my hand? 15 So now, do not let Hezekiah deceive you or mislead you like this. Do not believe him, for no god of any nation or any kingdom has been able to deliver his people from my hand and from the hand of my fathers. How much less will your God deliver you from my hand!” 16 His servants spoke further against Adonai Elohim and against His servant Hezekiah. 17 Sennacharib also wrote letters reviling Adonai, the God of Israel, speaking against Him saying, “Just as the gods of the nations of the lands have not delivered their people from my hand, so the God of Hezekiah shall not deliver His people from my hand.”
Following the crowd is easy to do. There is extreme pressure to be like everybody else, to have all the same problems that everyone associates with. One of the things that are common to all man is failure. In 2 Chronicles 32 it is the officers who are representing Sennacherib King of Assyria (in other words, the world) who are putting pressure on the people God in Jerusalem and King Hezekiah to be like everyone else and just fail.
“On what are you basing your confidence?” … “Were the gods of those nations ever able to deliver their land from my hand?” … “…no god of any nation or kingdom has been able to deliver his people from my hand or the hand of my predecessors…”
Indeed, Sennacherib’s men succeeded in terrorizing the people and if it were not for the intercession of King Hezekiah King of Judah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz the city may have failed, fallen and been captured.
Terror, fear and thereby failure are easy to accept for us because they come to us so naturally. It does not take any faith, any effort or any action to fail, to fear or be in terror. In the world, terror and fear is dished out in order to intimidate and win the day. This worldly approach often works because there is either no real strength and no real power to resist it or those with power and strength to resist decide to remain inactive. In Messiah Yeshua, we do not need to accept terror or fear because with His presence indwelling us, we are the ones with a super-natural strength and a super-natural power to resist and overcome and it is given to all who believe, obey and abide.
Acts 5:32 (TLV) 32 And we are witnesses of these events-as is the Ruach ha-Kodesh (Holy Spirit), whom God has given to those who obey Him.”
John 15:5 (TLV) 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for apart from Me, you can do nothing.
We get to decide to enact the power and strength that comes through our faith. The difference between the faith of the world and those who’s faith is in Yeshua is that faith in Yeshua is not inert. It is not powerless or feckless. The faith of the world follows the faith of the world into failure albeit eventual sometimes, however faith in God (through Messiah Yeshua) always follows Yeshua into life and God’s success.
2 Chronicles 32:20-21 (TLV) 20 Then King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz prayed about this and cried out to heaven. 21 Then Adonai sent an angel who annihilated every mighty warrior, commander and officer in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he withdrew in disgrace to his own land. When he entered the house of his god some of his own children struck him down with the sword.
2 Chronicles 32 tells of a story of two men who refused to be just like everyone else. They refused to accept terror, fear and failure and petitioned God, the source of real power and strength to work on their behalf. How much more will God work on our and your behalf now that we are the dwelling place of the Ruach ha-Kodesh? Oh yes! In this life there will be trouble (John 16:33) and we are not always on the “right” side of our issues as we need to refuse to step into our pain and our passions that lead to willful sin and error. But corporately, and I believe individually as well, we do have the super-natural gifting’s of power and strength through Messiah Yeshua.
Next time you are pressured to follow the crowd into failure and be intimidated by people, events or situations/circumstances, remember you were given super-natural gifting’s when you accepted the gift and responsibility of Yeshua, your salvation.
Romans 8:15 (TLV) 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall again into fear; rather, you received the Ruach of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”