The Book of Isaiah stops and turns from prophetic to the historical.
The Assyrian king had no regard for God or His chosen people. In his eyes they, were simply more people to conquer and control. He saw gods as crutches for the masses. He was so narcissistic, that when the king received the warning from Isaiah that his army would be destroyed, he simply snubbed his nose at the warning. That would cost him his life.
The next morning when he was going to order the death of God’s folks, he found his 180,000 men dead. No fight, no bloodshedand a God that was no crutch. He left and went home destroyed, dishonored, and completely demeaned. Infact, within a few weeks He was killed and replaced by his sons. Amazingly, God was still large and in charge and Hezakiah, the Godly king enjoyed many more years of peaceful reign.
In our time, we face the same arrogance from the kings of our time. Corporate leaders, political leaders, prominent citizens who consider God a crutch for those who cannot make it on their own. They build empires and look at the lives of those around as a waste and inconvenience. What they do not understand is that God builds and levels empires and has since the dawn of time. We, as His chosen, have a relationship that last for eternity. We will live lives that are protected and provided for by God. He promises is an abundant life on earth and eternity with Him in Heaven. That is a gift greater than kings or empires.
God Bless You
Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent a message to Hezekiah: “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Because you have prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria, 22 this is the word the Lord has spoken against him:
“Virgin Daughter Zion
despises and mocks you.
tosses her head as you flee.
23 Who is it you have ridiculed and blasphemed?
Against whom have you raised your voice
and lifted your eyes in pride?
Against the Holy One of Israel!
24 By your messengers
you have ridiculed the Lord.
And you have said,
‘With my many chariots
I have ascended the heights of the mountains,
the utmost heights of Lebanon.
I have cut down its tallest cedars,
the choicest of its junipers.
I have reached its remotest heights,
the finest of its forests.
25 I have dug wells in foreign lands[c]
and drunk the water there.
With the soles of my feet
I have dried up all the streams of Egypt.’
26 “Have you not heard?
Long ago I ordained it.
In days of old I planned it;
now I have brought it to pass,
that you have turned fortified cities
into piles of stone.
27 Their people, drained of power,
are dismayed and put to shame.
They are like plants in the field,
like tender green shoots,
like grass sprouting on the roof,
scorched[d] before it grows up.
28 “But I know where you are
and when you come and go
and how you rage against me.
29 Because you rage against me
and because your insolence has reached my ears,
I will put my hook in your nose
and my bit in your mouth,
and I will make you return
by the way you came.
30 “This will be the sign for you, Hezekiah:
“This year you will eat what grows by itself,
and the second year what springs from that.
But in the third year sow and reap,
plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
31 Once more a remnant of the kingdom of Judah
will take root below and bear fruit above.
32 For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant,
and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.
33 “Therefore this is what the Lord says concerning the king of Assyria:
“He will not enter this city
or shoot an arrow here.
He will not come before it with shield
or build a siege ramp against it.
34 By the way that he came he will return;
he will not enter this city,”
declares the Lord.
35 “I will defend this city and save it,
for my sake and for the sake of David my servant!”
36 Then the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies! 37 So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Nineveh and stayed there.
38 One day, while he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisrok, his sons Adrammelek and Sharezer killed him with the sword, and they escaped to the land of Ararat. And Esarhaddon his son succeeded him as king.