2 Kings 18-19
I am a big fan of Hezekiah. Unlike most of his contemporaries, when great trials come his way he knows exactly where to turn. He turns to the Lord. And when it comes to great trials, not much compares to having Assyrian King Sennacherib marching towards you with a huge army. So Hezekiah starts be taking the approach of many kings in this situation: he tries to bribe his way to peace. Assyria initially accepts the peace offering and then continues towards battle anyhow.
This is the first huge insult Assyria gives Israel. This is the equivalent of a bully threatening to destroy you unless you give him all your money and you are completely embarrassed and humiliated but give him your money and then he goes on to pound you anyways. It’s cruel. Then Sennacherib goes on to send an insulting and disheartening letter. The letter is followed by a group shouting outside the walls about how badly they will destroy all of the people. It is intended to intimidate and embarrass. He even questions God and the peoples’ faith in Him.
That’s when Israel finds their courage. This is a nation who had every intention of paying the bully and walking away embarrassed. But when Assyria keeps pushing, keeps insulting God, keeps attacking their faith, and backs them into a corner…Israel finds their fight. Hezekiah wisely goes to Isaiah and receives God’s blessing to move forward with plans to defeat Assyria.
We saw this with David and Goliath, and we see it again here. When somebody insults God and there are Israelites willing to step up and fight, God has a great victory in store for his people.
Paul traveled and did missionary stuff.