THE DESTROYER FROM THE PIT, HEZEKIAH, ASSYRIANS, PRAYER & GOD
King Hezekiah had a BIG problem. Sitting north of Jerusalem was a HUGE encampment of 185,000 fierce, ruthless, cruel, and merciless Assyrian soldiers. The Assyrians had sent an ultimatum in a letter. Hezekiah had taken the letter, spread it before the Lord in the Temple, and went home and slept. According to the ancient world’s logistics for armies of 690 soldiers per hectare, each soldier needed 156 square feet of space for a camp. So 185K Assyrians soldiers needed a minimum sized camp of 1 square mile. That dark night, God sent the Destroyer to quietly move across the one square mile camp of 185,000 sleeping soldiers and snuff out their lives. Amazingly, not the servants, not the cooks, not the transportation teams—JUST the SOLDIERS. The others made it home to spread the news of the disaster. So when Hezekiah woke up after a sound night’s sleep and walked up to look over the Broad wall of Jerusalem, he saw an amazing sight—one square mile of death. Tents, military gear, stockade and supplies, and all the soldiers were dead. That is the power of the God who watches individuals, listens to their words, weighs their hearts, and knows their deeds. He is the same One who we will each stand before at the BEMA Seat. He misses nothing, knows everything, sees it all, and will play it all back for us in the not too distant future.