2 Kings 18: Hold Your Peace and Your Ground
In 2 Kings 18, we are looking at Judah. At this point, the tribe of Judah was a separate entity. However, we talked about Israel being invaded by Assyria a little while ago, and today Assyria came up to Judah.
2Ki 18:14 And Hezekiah king of Judah sent to the king of Assyria to Lachish, saying, I have offended; return from me: that which thou puttest on me will I bear. And the king of Assyria appointed unto Hezekiah king of Judah three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold.
Of course, when you have been overrun by an opponent, what else are you going to do but give into their demands?
In order to pay the bill, he had to take the gold out of the temple of God. That is definitely unfortunate, but it is not like he did it in order to dishonor God. In fact, maybe he realized that all of that finery is not what following God is all about.
Regardless, even though he paid the tribute, the people of Assyria still came to fight.
2Ki 18:29 Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver you out of his hand:
2Ki 18:30 Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, The LORD will surely deliver us, and this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.
This taunt was delivered in Hebrew, so all the people certainly understood what he was saying. However, here is how they responded.
2Ki 18:36 But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king’s commandment was, saying, Answer him not.
I think this is an important chapter for all of us. There many times when people will get on a roll and start challenging everything about God. They will wonder how on earth you can believe in this type of all-powerful being.
Nevertheless, as Christians, we have already made the decision to trust God, so there is a point where we need to be like Judah and hold our peace. We cannot cave in to these challenges, and we cannot all of a sudden bail out on what we believe.
We need to remain steady.