An Angel Defeats the Assyrians


And that night the angel of the Lord went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians. And when people arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies. Then Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went home and lived at Nineveh. And as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, Adrammelech and Sharezer, his sons, struck him down with the sword and escaped into the land of Ararat. And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place. II Kings 19:35-37 ESV

A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refuge—
no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone. Psalm 91:7-12 ESV


In 1812, Napoleon and his army marched to Russia to attack and conquer that country. Napoleon had conquered much of Europe and his army was strong, but he failed to conquer Russia. There are some reasons for this. One reason is that the citizens of the city of Moscow burned much of their city down, which meant that Napoleon’s army wasn’t able to get any food from the city, and his soldiers became very hungry and began to starve. Another reason is that the Russian winter was very cold, much colder than Napoleon’s French soldiers were used to. But there is still another reason that the Russians were able to defeat Napoleon. Napoleon’s army was plagued by lice, a very small insect, and these lice spread a disease called typhus. Many of the French soldiers died of typhus, and that left the army too weak to conquer the Russians. It was a plague that defeated Napoleon’s army in Russia.

The same kind of thing happened to Sennacherib’s Assyrian army. God sent his angel into the Assyrian camp at night, and one solder after another started to die. When the rest of the army woke up in the morning, they found that their friends and fellow soldiers were dead–185,000 of them! This left the army so weak and afraid that they turned around and left for their home in Assyria. This didn’t end King Sennacherib’s trouble. He was in a temple praying to his god, and two of his sons came into the temple and killed him. That was the end of Sennacherib. God’s promises to his people in Jerusalem all came true in an amazing way.

God promises to send us his angels, not to hurt us, but to protect us. God’s angels serve the Lord and help his people. That doesn’t mean that nothing bad will ever happen to us, but it does mean that God is with us to help us all the time. God claimed us as his own people when he sent Jesus to die on the cross for us. Jesus paid the penalty for all our sins, and because of Jesus we are forgiven. We can be sure that God’s holy angels protect us from the most terrible enemies of all, sin and the devil. The Lord’s angels give us strength and courage and keep us close to God, every day and always.


Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your holy angels to help us and keep us close to you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.