Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Your prayer to me about Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard. This is the word that the Lord has spoken concerning him:
“She despises you, she scorns you—
the virgin daughter of Zion;
she wags her head behind you—
the daughter of Jerusalem.
“Whom have you mocked and reviled?
Against whom have you raised your voice
and lifted your eyes to the heights?
Against the Holy One of Israel!” II Kings 19:20-22 ESV
I love you, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies. Psalm 18:1-3 ESV
Once long ago there was a town built by a small lake, and in this lake was a terrible dragon. The people of the town were constantly afraid that the dragon would destroy them, but they managed to keep it from hurting them by feeding it their sheep and goats and other animals every day. After awhile, though, all the animals were gone, and they had to feed the dragon their children instead. Finally there was no one left to feed the dragon except the king’s daughter. The king was terribly sad to lose his daughter in this way, but he had no choice. His daughter was brought to the edge of the lake to feed the dragon, but just then a knight named George rode by. George wouldn’t let the princess be eaten by the dragon, so he took his sword and killed it. The princess was saved because of George, and the town didn’t have to worry about the dragon anymore.
This is only a story, but it’s a little like what was happening to Jerusalem. Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, was attacking and defeating all the cities of Judah until only Jerusalem was left. Hezekiah was afraid that his capital city would also fall to Assyria, and his only hope was for Sennacherib to be defeated by someone who was more powerful than the Assyrian empire. Assyria was more powerful than any other nation at this time, but there was one who could defeat it, and that was the Lord. The Lord spoke through the prophet Isaiah and compared Jerusalem to a young woman who could look down on Sennacherib and think about him with scorn. When Sennacherib threatened Jerusalem and made fun of the God its people trusted, he was making fun of the true God of the whole universe. God would protect his people and win over Assyria, and Judah wouldn’t have to worry about Sennacherib and his empire any more.
We were under the power of very strong enemies–sin and death and the devil–and we had no power to free ourselves. Our only hope was for someone who is stronger than death and all the forces of evil to come and save us. Jesus is the champion who beat all our enemies by dying on the cross and rising again from the dead. We don’t have to worry or be afraid of any of the powers of evil hurting us, because Jesus has conquered them, and he is with us every day to protect us. We belong to Jesus, and he is our champion now and forever.
Dear Jesus, thank you for defeating sin and death for us. Please stay with us and help us every day and forever. Amen.