And there assembled at Jerusalem much people to keep the feast of unleavened bread in the second month, a very great congregation. Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people: and their voice was heard, and their prayer came up to his holy dwelling place, even unto. He had rebuilt the broken parts of the wall. As a youth, Hezekiah turned to God when almost everyone else busied himself satisfying selfish cravings and pursuing evil desires. Three days into the battle, the situation looked bleak for the U. Daughter Jerusalem tosses her head as you flee.
So that thus these fountains of prophecy. Repairs to the deteriorated structure were needed. You know of their demise. He had erected defensive towers. And, Judah itself had to pay an annual tribute to Assyria.
The ensuing chaos in the land leads Ahaz to make a treaty with Assyria - an aggressive nation that is quickly becoming a regional empire v. In fact, 2 Chronicles 30:26 says that Jerusalem hadn't seen a celebration like that since the days of King Solomon. As most of the cities of Judah had been taken by the Assyrians, Hezekiah would pay tribute to Sennacherib, gold and silver, to save Jerusalem. The Assyrians would destroy the kingdom of Judah just as the they had crushed so many other nations before them. On whom are you depending, that you rebel against me? Then he went up to the temple of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord. There is no clear indication of the outcome, but it seems likely that Hezekiah's payment satisfied the king of Assyria.
Ahaz also removed some of the symbols of his power from the Temple 16:18 Noth, 1996: 266. Bullae bearing the seal impressions of Hezekiah have been published in Biblical Archaeology Review. During his reign, the prophets and ministered in Judah. He sent Hezekiah an arrogant letter about his soon return to Jerusalem. It was the goal of every king after David to be identified with David. Although it is not stated by the text, it is often argued that Israel would have been spared the long and evil rule of Manasseh if he had not prayed that his life would be spared 2 Kings 20:2-3.
Now Hezekiah who had the gift of prophetic vision knew that his children would mislead the Jewish people. King Hezekiah went to the temple to. The demand was large, and it was with difficulty that Hezekiah paid it. This statement rang out to the kingdom of Judah loud and clear. However, it will be a slightly different kind of Yom Kippur, in that Hezekiah brings seven of each of the sacrifices before the Lord. The sacrifices brought by the people were too much for the freshly trained priests to handle.
Furthermore, God would continue to protect Jerusalem from any further threats from Assyria. He died in the night with his army. The other pillar, with its network, was similar. This Bible History Daily feature was originally published on December 3, 2015. He also asked advice from the prophet Isaiah. His father had placed Judah under Assyrian suzerainty in 735 bc. However, Sennacherib's actions in not keeping his word mean that he too broke the covenant.
He has carefully apportioned the various ethnic groups descended from Levi to accomplish their respective work on the Temple. In 2 Kings 19:32, Hezekiah is promised that the king of Assyria will not come back to Jerusalem. He cannot deliver you from my hand. As a nation, Israel was proven guilty by their treatment of the Messiah, but His death became their atonement for sin - a concept Jews would have readily understood, given their tradition of sacrificing animals. He thus tried to achieve both political and religious independence for Judah, but the of 701 bc left among his people an unmistakable yearning for an ideal king who would restore the golden age of David. Long ago I ordained it. Judah had a past relationship with God it could return to, with the spiritual and political mechanisms in place to quickly restore this relationship to a central place in Israelite life.
They did not send help. Diplomats from Babylon brought from their king a message of congratulations on Hezekiah's recovery from sickness. He takes pains to ensure that everything is done according to God's law. The priests, once fired and now having changed careers, had to be recruited and retrained. Hezekiah was probably thirty-nine years old at the time, having become king at twenty-five and then having reigned for fourteen years. Hezekiah came to the throne nine years after Assyria swept away the Northern Kingdom Thiele, 1983: 174-175.