2 Chronicles 32 Outline
– Sennacherib invaded Judah (2 Chronicles 32:1)
– Hezekiah blocked off the water from the springs outside Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 32:2-4)
– Hezekiah repaired broken wall sections, built towers, built another wall around the existing Jerusalem’s wall, strengthened the terraces and made lots of weapons and shields as defense against Sennacherib (2 Chronicles 32:5)
– Hezekiah exhorted the people to trust in God instead of looking in their circumstance (2 Chronicles 32:6-8)
– Sennacherib sent his officials to threaten the people and make them lose their faith in God (2 Chronicles 32:9-16)
– Sennacherib wrote letter to mock that God will not deliver them from their hands (2 Chronicles 32:17-19)
– Hezekiah and Isaiah prayed to God for deliverance (2 Chronicles 32:20)
– God delivered Hezekiah from the hands of the king of Assyria (2 Chronicles 32:21-22)
– Many people brought gifts to Hezekiah and all nations revered him (2 Chronicles 32:23)
– God healed Hezekiah from a severe illness (2 Chronicles 32:24)
– Hezekiah became proud but he repented later (2 Chronicles 32:25-26)
– Hezekiah was a very rich king (2 Chronicles 32:27-29)
– Hezekiah blocked the water from the Gihon Spring (2 Chronicles 32:30)
– Hezekiah welcomed the Babylonian envoys (2 Chronicles 32:31)
– Hezekiah died and his son, Manasseh succeeded him (2 Chronicles 32:32)
2 Chronicles Summary
One day, King Sennacherib of Assyria came to attack Judah. When Hezekiah knew that Sennacherib has come and that he intended to lay siege on Jerusalem, he strengthen Jerusalem by taking several actions. He repaired the broken sections of the wall. After discussing with his military staff and officials, he blocked off the water flowing from the spring outside so that the Assyrian soldiers will not find water when they arrive. He built another wall around the existing wall of Jerusalem. He made many weapons and shields. He built towers and strengthened the supporting terraces of Jerusalem.
Then, he assigned militants over the people. He gathered the people in one place and exhorted them to be brave and courageous and not be afraid of the Assyrians because God is bigger than them and he can help them to win the battle. The people confided in God after they heard Hezekiah’s message.
Sennacherib sent his officers to mock King Hezekiah and the people of Judah by telling them that their god couldn’t rescue them from his hand, just like the gods of other nations he had conquered. He also sent a letter to assure the people that their God will deliver them from his hands. The Assyrian officials called out in Hebrew to terrify the people on the wall to put fear in them so that they can capture the city.
King Hezekiah and the prophet, Isaiah, son of Amoz prayed to God and God delivered them from the hands of Sennacherib. God sent an angel to kill all the fighting men, leaders and officials at the camp. Thus, Sennacherib returned to his homeland in disgrace. When Sennacherib was worshiping in the temple of his god, his sons killed him. God protected Hezekiah on every side. Many people brought offerings to Hezekiah because he was respected by all the nations.
King Hezekiah fell severely ill but God miraculously healed him. He was proud and was not grateful to God. He started to have a lot of pride but he later repented so God’s wrath did not come upon the people during his reign. King Hezekiah was a very wealthy king. He built treasuries for all his valuables including gold, silver, precious stones, spices, shields and other kinds of valuables. He built storehouses for the grain, new wine, and oil. He built stalls for the cattle and pens for his flocks. He had a large number of flocks and herds. He also built many villages.
Hezekiah successfully blocked the water flowing from the Gihon Spring and channeled it to the west side of Jerusalem. In every venture he carried out, he was successful. God was not with Hezekiah when he faced the Babylonian envoys, who asked him about the miraculous signs in the land.
Other events that occurred during the reign of King Hezekiah were recorded in the books of the kings of Judah and Israel. After Hezekiah died, he was buried on the hills where the descendants of King David were. His son, Manasseh succeeded the throne of Judah after he died.
2 Chronicles 32 Bible Study
1. Christians also will face problems in life, like non believers
Even though Hezekiah had committed his heart to God, he still faced problem. King Sennacherib of Assyria attacked Judah and tried to besiege Jerusalem. In John 16:33, in this world, we will face problems but Jesus Christ has already conquered it all for us so that by believing in him, we can conquered all our problems and weaknesses.
2. Seek and trust in God when you face problem
Hezekiah and the prophet, Isaiah, son of Amoz, sought God by praying to him when King Sennacherib of Assyria threatened to attack Jerusalem. When you face problem, you should bring it to God and let him help you. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus said all who are weary and burdened can come to him and he will give them rest. In Philippians 4:6, we should offer prayer, supplication and thanksgiving in all things. In Matthew 7:7, Jesus said ask and you will receive; Seek and you will find; Knock and the door will be opened to you. If you seek God for a solution to your problem, you should surely find it. If you are obedient to God’s commandments and abide in him, God will give you whatever you ask (John 15:7). All things are possible in God (Matthew 19:26). We should only put our trust in God in times of trouble, and not look to men or the things of the world for help. In Psalms 146:3-9, blessed are those who trust in the God of Jacob, the creator of this universe.
3. God is merciful and compassionate
Hezekiah was severely ill and the prophet Isaiah came to tell him that he won’t be healed so he should make preparation for his death. But Hezekiah turned his face against the wall and asked God to remember how faithful he had walked before him in the past. Then, God’s word came to Isaiah and Isaiah went back to tell Hezekiah that he will recover and God will add another 15 years to his life (2 Kings 20). God is merciful and compassionate. In Romans 9:18, he can have mercy on whoever he wants. In Psalm 145:8, God is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, and rich in love.
4. Pride comes before downfall
Hezekiah was ungrateful to God after he was healed from his illness. He was proud but he later humbled himself so God relented his anger against the people of Judah. In Isaiah 2:11, pride will bring one low, only Yahweh alone should be exalted. God exalt those who are humbled and brought down those who are proud (Matthew 23:12).
5. Obedience brings blessings
Hezekiah was obedient towards God. He was generous in giving to the Lord. He gave out of his own flocks for the burnt offerings that are to be offered every morning and evening, Sabbaths, New Moon and other festivals. If you obey God’s commandments, God will pour out his blessings on you (Deuteronomy 28:1). In Proverbs 11:25, if you are generous, you will prosper. Refresh others and you will be refreshed.