An encouraging word from 2 Chronicles 32


Biblical Israel Ministries & Tours (BIMT) is all about teaching the Bible in the context of the land of Israel and other biblical countries (Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, and Italy). We teach the historical geography of the Bible as well as archaeology, customs and culture of the land. We aim to make connections between  the Bible and the land in all that we do.

This is another session in the new series of teaching videos called “Devotions from Israel.” This brief five-minute devotional comes from 2 Chronicles 32The setting for this narrative is the City of David / Jerusalem. The date: 701 BC.


About the Devotional

Hezekiah was a Judean King who ruled in the late 8th century/early 7th century BC. He accomplished two primary things while reigning in Jerusalem. First, he brought religious reform to the land. He challenged the false worship centers around the country and brought an end to them (2 Kings 18:4). Secondly, he protected the capital city of Jerusalem from Sennacherib and his Assyrian army. He gave his people hope while being surrounded by the enemy. To secure the water supply, he chiseled a 1,720-foot tunnel to divert water from the Gihon Spring safely within the southern part of the city. What caused Hezekiah to act so boldly in the midst of such idolatry and adversity?
2 Chronicles 32 records the events that happened in 701 BC. Hezekiah remained steadfast because of his trust in the Lord. His words encouraged his fellow Jerusalemites:
He appointed military officers over the people and assembled them before him in the square at the city gate and encouraged them with these words: ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.’ And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said (2 Chr. 32:6-8).”

“Hezekiah was a Judean king who trusted in God. In the midst of adversity, Hezekiah remained steadfast in his hope in fulfilling God’s purposes for Judah. God used him to bring encouragement to the residents of Jerusalem!”

City of David
Where have we heard those words before, specifically “Be strong and courageous?” At the end of his life, Moses shared these with Joshua (Deuteronomy 31-34). In turn, Joshua shared these words with the Israelites (Joshua 1). Now over seven centuries later, Hezekiah shared them with his people.
We find great encouragement in this admonition, don’t we? While we do not know what the future holds for any of us, we can trust in the One who does! God is our “greater power” in whom we can place our trust.
Be encouraged today with these words, “Be strong and courageous!”
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