When God denounces Assyria through the prophet Isaiah, He identifies intimately with Judah. God begins by saying “Virgin Daughter Zion despises you and mocks you” (2 Kings 19:20). This is a poetic way to say that Jerusalem, the home of Zion, wants nothing to do with Assyria. Why is this? God says to Assyria, “By your messengers you have ridiculed the Lord” (2 Kings 19:23). In threatening Judah, Assyria has ridiculed God and His power; God will not stand for this, and He will protect Judah because they are His.

Judah does not mock Assyria because they themselves are more powerful or greater than Assyria. On their own, Judah would be eradicated by Assyria’s great armies. Rather, Judah mocks Assyria because Assyria has mocked God. Like David, the great king of Judah, Hezekiah trusts in God’s strength to deliver. God delights in such trust and comes to the rescue. This leads me to offer a prayer today:

God may you find us, your church, enjoying our communion with you today in order that we might also rest in the fact that you are on our side. You are for us and not against us. Whatever opposition or difficulty may come, nothing can separate us from your love, and we ask to gladly hope in this truth today. Amen.