2 Chronicles 32, 33
Our reading today is about the invasion of Judah by Sennacherib (Sen-ack-a-rib), king of Assyria. The same invasion is reported with different details in 2 Kings 18, 19. Hezekiah was the righteous king of Judah. He did that which was right in the sight of the LORD. Here we read where the enemy of Judah brought an overwhelming and irresistible force of strength to Jerusalem and issued an ultimatum to Judah to submit to Assyria. What did Hezekiah do? He immediately sought God in prayer. He knew his strength came from God and not from man. The rescue arrived when God sent ONE angel, ONE angel, and “cut off all the mighty men of valour” in their invading army. In 2 Kings 19:35 it mentions their were 185,000 of them! This was a situation that seemed to have no happy ending. Yet God delivered Hezekiah and Judah with a snap of his finger. That is our God! Hallelujah!
Simon Peter is a person like all of us. He is human, with strengths and weaknesses just like us. Here is a man we are eventually going to meet in heaven. In fact, because of what Jesus accomplished in his death and resurrection and our receiving the new birth, we are going to meet all the saints mentioned in the Bible, and of course those who are not. Simon Peter is a man I have heard mentioned by many men and women of God more than most in the Bible. Here is a man who probably felt he committed the unforgivable sin. He denied Jesus. But praise God it is not the end of Peter’s story for after his conversion Peter was used mightily by God in the early church, preaching the power of God on the day of Pentecost, the day the church was born where three thousand were born again. He also, by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost wrote two books of the New Testament. We serve an awesome God who is very merciful, ready to forgive and restore. Thank you Father God.