ISRAEL UNDER THE PROTECTION OF GOD
Today we see a war in Gaza and so far one Israel has died and 200 or more of Hamas has died. This shows the protection of God on this tiny kingdom of Israel among the nations. Now I want to go through the Scriptures and see certain things that have come from God for this nation of Israel. Paul the Learner
God’s protection of the nation of Israel in Scripture
There have been times when nation has fought against nation and one or the other has won the day. But in the case of the nation of Israel, there have been times when the Lord of Hosts has fought against the enemies of His people Israel. Thus God has granted them protection from their enemies.
“And there has been no day like that, before it or after it, that the LORD heeded the voice of man; for the LORD FOUGHT FOR ISRAEL.” Joshua 10:14 [The sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the people had revenge upon their enemies 10:13]
“All these kings and their land Joshua took at one time, because THE LORD GOD [Yehovah Elohim] of Israel fought for Israel.” Joshua 10:42
“You have seen all that the Lord your God has done to all these nations because of you, for the Lord your God is He who has FOUGHT FOR YOU.” Joshua 23:3
EACH ONE KILLED BY HIS COMPANION
“When the three hundred blew the trumpets, the LORD SET EVERY MAN’S SWORD AGAINST HIS COMPANION throughout the whole camp…” Judges 7:22
“Now as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel. But the LORD THUNDERED WITH A LOUD THUNDER upon the Philistines that day, and so CONFUSED THEM that they were overcome before Israel.” 1 Samuel 7:10
“Then Saul and all the people who were with him assembled, and they went to the battle; and indeed EVERY MAN’S SWORD WAS AGAINST HIS NEIGHBOR, and there was very great confusion.” 1 Samuel 14:20
“For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another.” 2 Chronicles 20:23
“And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: “Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the BATTLE IS NOT YOURS, BUT GOD’S.” 2 Chronicles 20:15
THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON
“I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My Mountains,” says the Lord God. “Every man’s sword WILL BE AGAINST HIS BROTHER.” Ezekiel 38:21
Note: God gives protection to His people in the past and also in the future.
2 Kings 18:13-37
Now in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah did Sennacherib king of Assyria come up against all the fenced cities of Judah, and took them.
Sennacherib invades Judah and threatens Jerusalem.
(Note: We have a parallel and elaborate account of this campaign of Sennacherib and his defeat (2 Kings 18:13-19:37), and also of Hezekiah's sickness and recovery and the arrival of the Babylonian embassy in Jerusalem (2 Kings 20:1-19), in Isaiah 36-39, and a brief extract, with certain not unimportant supplements, in 2 Chronicles 32. These three narratives, as is now generally admitted, are drawn independently of one another from a collection of the prophecies of Isaiah, which was received into the annals of the kingdom (2 Chronicles 32:32), and serve to confirm and complete one another.)
The kol, all, is not to be pressed; for, beside the strongly fortified capital Jerusalem, he had not yet taken the fortified cities of Lachish and Libnah (v. 17 and 2 Kings 19:8) at the time, when, according to verse 14 ff., he sent a division of his army against Jerusalem, and summoned Hezekiah to surrender that city. According to Herodotus, the real object of his campaign was Egypt, which is also apparent from 2 Kings 19:24, and is confirmed by Isaiah 10:24; for which reason Tirhakah marched against him (2 Kings 19:9.)
Verse 14-16. On the report of Sennacherib's approach, Hezekiah made provision at once for the safety of Jerusalem. He had the city fortified more strongly, and the fountain of the upper Gihon and the brook near the city stopped up, to cut off the supply of water from the besiegers, as is stated in 2 Chronicles 32:2-8, and confirmed by Isaiah 22:8-11. In the meantime Sennacherib had pressed forward to Lachish, i.e., Um Lakis, in the plain of Judah, on the south-west of Jerusalem, seven hours to the west of Eleutheropolis on the road to Egypt; so that Hezekiah, having doubts as to the possibility of a successful resistance, sent ambassadors to negotiate with him, and promised to pay him as much tribute as he might demand if he would withdraw.
Since Asshur had made Judah tributary by faithless conduct on the part of Tiglath-pileser towards Ahaz, there was nothing really wrong in the shaking off of this yoke by the refusal to pay any further tribute. But Hezekiah certainly did wrong, when, after taking the first step, he was alarmed at the disastrous consequences, and sought to purchase once more the peace which he himself had broken, by a fresh submission and renewal of the payment of tribute. This false step on the part of the pious king, which arose from a temporary weakness of faith, was nevertheless turned into a blessing through the pride of Sennacherib and the covenant-faithfulness of the Lord towards him and his kingdom.
Sennacherib demanded the enormous sum of three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold (more than two and a half million thalers, or £375,000); and Hezekiah not only gave him all the gold and silver found in the treasures of the temple and palace, but had the gold plates with which he had covered the doors and doorposts of the temple (2 Chronicles 29:3) removed, to send them to the king of Assyria. These negotiations with Sennacherib on the part of Hezekiah are passed over both in the book of Isaiah and also in the Chronicles, because they had no further influence upon the future progress of the war.
Verse 17 For though Sennacherib did indeed take the money, he did not depart, as he had no doubt promised, but, emboldened still further by this submissiveness, sent a detachment of his army against Jerusalem, and summoned Hezekiah to surrender the capital.
PROTECTION FOR THE SIEGE TO COME
He sent Tartan, Rabsaris, and Rabshakeh." Rabshakeh only is mentioned in Isaiah, as the chief speaker in the negotiations which follow, although in Isaiah 37:6 and 24 allusion is evidently made to the other two. Tartan had no doubt the chief command, since he is not only mentioned first here, but conducted the siege of Ashdod, according to Isaiah 20:1. The three names are probably only official names, or titles of the offices held by the persons mentioned. These generals took up their station with their army "at the conduit of the upper pool, which ran by the road of the fuller's field,"
According to Isaiah 7:3, this conduit was in existence as early as the time of Ahaz. The "end" of it is probably the locality in which the conduit began at the upper pool or Gihon, or where it first issued from it. This conduit which led from the upper Gihon into the lower, and which is called in 2 Chronicles 32:30 "the outflow of the upper Gihon," Hezekiah stopped up, and conducted the water downwards, i.e., the underground, towards the west into the city of David; that is to say, he conducted the water of the upper Gihon, which had previously flowed along the western side of the city outside the wall into the lower Gihon and so away down the valley of Ben-hinnom, into the city itself by means of a subterranean channel,
This water was probably collected in the cistern (habreekaah) which Hezekiah made, i.e., order to be constructed (2 Kings 20:20), or the reservoir "between the two walls for the waters of the old pool," mentioned in Isaiah 22:11, i.e., most probably the reservoir still existing at some distance to the east of the Joppa gate on the western side of the road which leads to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the so-called "pool of Hezekiah," which the natives call Birket el Hamman, "Bathing-pool," because it supplies a bath in the neighbourhood.
Keil and Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament
WHERE ARE THE GODS?
“Has any one of the gods of the nations delivered its land from the hand of the king of Assyria?
GOD’S ANSWER TO RABSHAKEH BY ISAIAH THE PROPHET
And Isaiah said to them, [the servants of King Hezekiah] “Thus you shall say to your master, ‘Thus says the Lord; “Do not be afraid of the words which you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me.” Isaiah 37:6
One angel came to the camp of Assyria and 186,000 died that night.
The king of Assyria went home and was killed by his sons. Isaiah 38:36, 37
God’s provision for the people of Israel
IN THE WILDERNESS
Food – Exodus 16:3 Israel is hungry [Exodus 16:4] God sends bread from heaven.
Exodus 16:8 now God will send meat for them [Exodus 16:13] quails.
Water – Exodus 17:2 “Give us water” [Exodus 17:6] water provided from the rock.
God’s prosperity for the people of Israel
They prospered in the land of Israel.
They prospered even from the land of Egypt in the end.
They prospered in captivity to a point
They have greatly prospered in the world that we live in.
Coming back to the land of Israel that again has prospered greatly.
God’s problems from the people of Israel
In the land of Israel they became like other nations and forgot God.
Israel was to be a witness for the Lord and they failed to do so.
Israel killed the prophets and finally killed the Son of God by the Romans.
Israel today have polluted the rivers, some have gone into spiritualism.
Israel has denied the Messiah Yeshua [Jesus] as a nation.
God’s purpose for the nation of Israel
God has chosen to save not only those who have accepted Jesus as the Messiah.
But also the remnant of the nation that God has promised to save.
God has also chosen to save one third of the nation in the end time, who when Jesus comes back, the nation of that time will accept Him as the Messiah.
God will use the Nation of Israel as evangelists during the 1000 year reign of Jesus
God will seek to save as many of Israel as is possible. Paul the Learner