Will You Join the Resistance: The Call to a Lineage of Men & Women After God’s Own Heart

Today’s selected reading continues in the Old Testament book of Second Kings which not only describes the days and times of the southern kingdom of Judah and the northern kingdom of Israel, but also the days and times of the kings which sat upon the thrones therein. More specifically, today’s passage is found in chapters nineteen through twenty-one of this Old Testament book. HE DID THAT WHICH WAS RIGHT IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD! ACCORDING TO ALL THAT DAVID HIS FATHER DID! HE REMOVED THE HJIGH PLACES! BRAKE THE IMAGES! CUT DOWN THE GROVES! BRAKE IN PIECES THE BRASEN SERPENT THAT MOSES HAD MADE! HE TRUSTED IN THE LORD GOD OF ISRZEL! AFTER HIM WAS NONE LIKE HIM AMONG ALL THE KINGS OF JUDAH! HE CLAVE TO THE LORD! DEPARTED NOT FROM FOLLOWING HIM! KEPT HIS COMMANDMENTS, WHICH THE LORD COMMANDED MOSES! AND THE LORD WAS WITH HIM! HE PROSPERED WHITHERSOEVER HE WENT FORTH! HE REBELLED AGAINST THE KING OF ASSYRIA, AND SERVED HIM NOT! HE SMOTE THE PHILISTINES! SENNACHERIB KING OF ASSYRIA COME UP AGAINST ALL THE FENCE CITIES OF JUDAH, AND TOOK THEM! HEZEKIAH GAVE HIM ALL THE SILVER THAT WAS FOUND IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD, AND IN THE TREASURES OF THE KING’S HOUSE! AT THAT TIME DID HEZEKIAH CUT OFF THE GOLD FROM THE DOORS OF THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD, AND FROM THE PILLARS WHICH HEZEKIAH KING OF JUDAH HAD OVERLAID! GAVE IT TO THE KING OF ASSYRIA! THE KING OF ASSYRIA SENT TARTAN AND RABSARIS AND BABSHEKAH FROM LACHISH TO KING HEZEKIAH WITH A GREAT HOST AGAINST JERUSALEM! WHAT CONFIDENCE IS THIS WHEREIN THOU TRUSTEST? NOW ON WHOM DOST THOU TRUST, THAT THOU REBELLEST AGAINST ME? (RESIST THE DEVIL AND HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU!) MAKE AN AGREEMENT WITH ME BTY A PREENT, AND COME OUT TO ME! HEARKEN NOT UNTO HEZEKIAH WHEN HE PERSUADETH YOU, SAYING, THE LORD WILL DELIVER US! THAT THE LORD SHOULD DELIVER JERUSALEM OUT OF MINE HAND! WHEN HEZEKIAH HEARD IT, THAT HE RENT HIS CLOTHES, AND COVERED HIMSELF WITH SAKCLOTH, AND WENT INTO THE HOUSE OF THE LORD! THIS DAY IS A DAY OF TROUBLE, AND OF REBUKE, AND BLASPHEMY! BE NOT AFRAID OF THE WORDS WHICH THOU HAST HEARD, WHICH THE SERVANTS OF THE KING OF ASSYRIA HAVE BLASPHEMED ME! LET NOT THY GOD IN WHOM THOU TRUSTEST DECEIVE THEE,S AYING, JERUSLAEM SHALL NOT BE DELIVERED INTO THE HAND OF THE KING OF ASSYRIA! HEZEKIAH RECEIVED THE LETTER OF THE HAND OF THE MESSENGERS, AND READ IT: AND HEZEKIAH WENT UP INTO THE HOUSE OF THE LORD, AND SPREAD IT BEFORE THE LORD! AND HEZEKIAH PRAYED BEFORE THE LORD! THAT WHICH THOU HAST PRAYED TO ME AGAINST SENNACHERIB KING OF ASSYRIA I HAVE HEARD! [FOR HE BUILT UP AGAIN THE HIGH PLACES WHICH HEZEKIAH HIS FATHER HAD DESTROYED; AND HE REARED UP ALTARS FOR BAAL, AND MADE A GROVE! AND WORSHIPPED ALL THE HOST OF HEAVEN, AND SERVED THEM! AND HE BUILT ALTARS IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD! HE BUILT ALTARS FOR ALL THE HOST OF HEAVEN IN THE TWO COURTS OF THE HOUSE OF THE LORD, TO PROVOKE HIM TO ANGER! HE SET UPA. GRAVE IMAGE OF THE GROVE THAT HE HAD MADE IN THE HOUSE! MANASSEH SEDUCED THEM TO DO MORE EVIL THAN DID THE NATIONS WHOM THE LORD DESTROYED BEFORE THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL!] FROM HEZEKIAH TO JOSIAH!

When you come to this particular portion of Scripture you will find the emergence of a new king upon the throne of David in the city of Jerusalem. If you study the history and narrative of the throne of David after the days of his son Solomon, and after the days of the kingdom being divided, you will find and discover that there were those kings who did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and there were those kings who walked in the ways of the LORD as did their father David. What I find to be so absolutely incredible when reading the words in these books is that when the Spirit of the LORD was highlighting the kings which would sit upon the throne of David in the city of the Great King, they would describe their heart in direct relation to the heart of David their father. If you progress through the narrative of each and every king which sat upon the throne of David in the city of Jerusalem you will find and discover that regardless of whether or not the king did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, or whether they did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, their heart was compared to the heart of David their father. David you will recall is the only man in all of Scripture who was described as a man after God’s own heart, and when the LORD was looking over and upon the entire nation of Israel He was looking for something very specific. As the LORD surveyed the entire landscape of the nation of Israel in order to find for Himself a king whom He could establish upon the throne in Jerusalem, He made it very clear that he was looking for something very specific—something that had not been found in the previous king who had been anointed as king over the nation of Israel. If you read and study the narrative of how Saul the son of Kish was chosen to rule as the king of Israel you will find that Scripture described his physical appearance, and how he was head and shoulders above everyone else in the nation of Israel. It’s important that we recognize and understand this reality, for when the LORD rejected Saul from being king over the nation of Israel He emphatically declared unto both Saul and Samuel that He would search for and seek out a man after His own heart. It is absolutely necessary and imperative that we recognize and understand this, for it is this heart that was found within David that would be the plum line and the measuring rod by which all future kings which would sit upon the throne would be measured. When looking upon and examining the hearts of the kings that would sit upon the throne of David in the city of Jerusalem, their hearts would be measured directly against the heart that was found to be within David—a heart that I might add was not found within him after he had been anointed as king over the nation of Israel, nor was it found within him after the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, nor even after he was anointed as king over the nation of Israel. Consider if you will the narratives found in the Old Testament book of First Samuel concerning this heart which the LORD sought after, and the heart which He found within David the son of Jesse from the town of Bethlehem:

“And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that you camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash; therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the LORD: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering. And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast don’t foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which He commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy. Kingdom up[on Israel for ever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought Him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over His people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee” (1 Samuel 13:11-14).

“And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice. Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD. And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel. And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent. And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou. And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for He is not a man, that He should repent. Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD thy God. So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the LORD” (1 Samuel 15:24-31).

“And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Beth-lehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons. And Samuel said, How can I go? IF Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the LROD said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the LORD. And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will shew thee what thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto me Him whom I name unto thee. And Samuel did that which the LORD spake, and came to Beth-lehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably? And he said, Peacably: I am come to sacrifice unto the LORD: sanctify yourself s, and come with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice. And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Elian, and said, Surely the LORD’s anointed is before me. But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this. Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, NEiother hath the LORD chosen this. Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The LORD hath not chosen these. And Samuel said unto Jesus, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither. And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah” (1 Samuel 16:1-13).

It’s important for us to read and recognize the words which are written and found within these passages of Scripture, for what we find within them is a powerful testament and truth—not only of the heart that was within David, but also concerning the heart that the LORD was specifically looking for. If there is one thing I find to be so absolutely astonishing and remarkable when reading the words which are found within these chapters, it’s that the heart which the living God was looking for would not all of a sudden manifest itself within David after Samuel had anointed him with the oil poured out from the horn. What’s more, is that the heart which was found in David did not even manifest itself in his life after the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, nor was it manifested within him after he had been anointed a second time as king in Hebron over Judah, and a third time as king over all Israel. We must recognize and understand when considering this reality of the living God seeking out a man after His own heart is that this was something the LORD had begun searching out—even before Saul disobeyed the voice and command of the LORD when it came to utterly destroying Amalek. It would be after Saul foolishly and impulsively acted out of fear and ignorance in the absence of Samuel by offering the burnt offering before and in the face of the enemy that the Spirit of the living God would speak and reveal unto Samuel that He would begin searching out a man after His own heart. Please catch this, for it was as if the LORD was telling Samuel that there was a certain type of heart that would be necessary to rule and reign as king over the nation and people of Israel, and it was a heart that was completely and totally after His. There has been much speculation as to what this phrase “a man after my own heart” actually means, and there are essentially two distinct meanings which have been given concerning it. On the one hand we could consider this phrase to mean that the LORD was searching for a man who had a heart after or like that of His own. This suggests and implies the living God was looking for a heart that was formed, fashioned and in the likeness of His own. The words which the LORD spoke unto Samuel would seem to suggest that the living God was indeed looking for a man who had a heart within himself that was after the same nature as His own, and it would be that heart which He could use within a king who would rule the nation and kingdom. On the other hand, however, it might very well be said that what the LORD was looking for when He was searching for a man after His own heart was not necessarily a question of nature, but rather of pursuit. If you think about the words which the living God spoke unto Samuel you will encounter and come face to face with the reality that the LORD was searching after a man who had something very specific about him—something which the living God would and could use to establish His king upon His holy throne in the midst of the kingdom.

NATURE AND PURSUIT! As I sit here this morning I can’t help but think about and consider the absolutely astonishing reality that surrounds the LORD’s statement concerning searching for a man after His own heart. I can’t help but encounter and come face to face with the tremendous reality that the living God was looking for a very specific man—a man after His own heart. With that being said, I am convinced that the truth which surrounds this man is actually two-fold and dualistic in nature. There is not a doubt in my mind that when the living God was looking for and searching after a man after His own heart, He was looking for a man who not only possessed a heart after the nature of His own heart, but the living God was also looking for a man who passionately pursued His heart. I would dare say that for the LORD to truly use one to fulfill His plans, His purposes, His divine will, His divine work in the earth, He is looking for a man is after His own heart—both in nature, as well as pursuit. In all reality, I would dare say that it would be very easy to allow ourselves to get caught up on one half of this statement and one half of the equation, and yet to do so would be a gross and tragic mistake. While it would be very easy to think the LORD could do something with a man who had a heart that was like unto His own in its very nature and composition, I would dare say that this is only part of the equation and only part of the picture. It would be very easy for us to think about and consider the fact that when the LORD made the statement that he was looking for a man after His own heart that He was looking for a man whose heart was after the same nature, composition and makeup as His own. While this is indeed true, and while this is in fact necessary, I am convinced that it is only a partial picture of that which the LORD truly seeks and what the LORD truly requires. I do firmly believe that the living God is seeking after and searching for men and women who have a heart fashioned and likened unto that of His own in nature, composition and makeup, and yet I believe that is only part of the picture. I believe this is necessary and this is in fact required of the LORD in and from those who wish to be used by Him for His purposes, for His glory and for His honor, and yet I firmly believe that in addition to this being a matter of nature, I am also convinced that it is also as much a matter of pursuit. We would like to think that it would be enough to simply have a heart that was likened unto that of the living God and that that would be enough to sustain us as we attempt to walk before Him in holiness, purity, righteousness and obedience, and yet we would be incredibly deceived and naïve in thinking and believing this. The more I think about the reality of being a man after God’s own heart, the more I am convinced that it is not merely a matter of nature, but it is also a matter of pursuit as that man and/or that woman passionately and recklessly pursues the heart of the living God.

I sit here today and I am absolutely and completely struck by the fact that when we speak about the living and eternal God seeking and searching after a man after His own heart—not only would He be looking for a man after His own heart in terms of nature, but He would also be looking for and searching after someone who passionately pursued His heart with reckless abandon. There is not a doubt in my mind that if you are one who desires to fulfill that which the living God has called, ordained and purposed for you, you not only need to be that one after God’s own heart in terms of nature, but you also have a great need of being that one after God’s own heart in terms of pursuit. To truly be someone after God’s own heart it is not only necessary to be one after God’s heart in that your heart is formed and fashioned after the likeness and nature of His own heart, but it is also necessary that you are one who passionately pursues His heart. On the one hand we are speaking about that which is inside you, however, on the other hand we are speaking about that which is inside the living God—that which can only be accessed by being in right relationship with Him. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this absolutely astonishing reality, for this statement a bout pursuing and seeking after a man after His own heart, the living God was not only speaking about that which was found within that one whom He had specifically chosen and selected, but He was also speaking about that which was within Himself. The more I think about this, the more I am absolutely convinced that the two realities are absolutely intrinsically connected and interwoven with each other, and that it is absolutely impossible to separate the two. We cannot think or even expect to have a heart like that of the LORD’s within ourselves and not passionately pursue His heart. In all reality, I feel compelled to tell you that the only way for you to have a heart that is after the nature, image and character of the LORD’s, it is absolutely necessary that you passionately pursue His heart with reckless abandon through prayer, through worship, and through private devotion before and in His presence. You cannot and must not think that it is possible for you to have a heart after that of the living and eternal God’s if you have not and are not willing to passionately pursue the heart that is within Him. I am convinced that the statement which the living God made unto Samuel not only spoke of the very nature of the heart of God which was within Himself, but it also spoke about the need to pursue that heart which was found to be present within Him. Only through a passionate pursuit of the heart of the living God can we truly experience the nature of that heart, and only when and only as we experience the nature of that heart can our heart be truly changed and transformed into a heart that is fashioned after the very likeness, image and nature of that heart. Consider if you will the words which are written and recorded in the sixteenth chapter of the Old Testament book of Second Chronicles concerning the type of heart the living God is indeed looking for and after during these days and within this generation:

“And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand. Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, He delivered them into thine hand. For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew Himself strong in the behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars. Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison house; for he was in a rage with him because this thing. And Asa oppressed some of the people the same time” (2 Chronicles 16:7-10).

Within this particular passage the living and eternal God emphatically declares unto Asa through Hanani the seer that His eyes run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him. It is absolutely necessary and imperative that we pay close and careful attention to this reality, for when we think about the statement the living God spoke unto Saul through Samuel, we must understand and recognize that the living God is seeking after those whose are men and women after His own heart, and those whose hearts are perfect toward Him. Please don’t miss and please don’t lose sight of this absolutely astonishing reality, for it brings us face to face with the incredible reality that the eyes of the LORD search to and fro throughout the earth seeking and searching for those whose hearts are perfect toward Him. One of the greatest needs we as the people of God have in this day is to get alone with and in the presence of the living God and inquire of Him—not only what it means to have a heart that is perfect toward Him, but also how we obtain and possess a heart that is perfect toward Him. Undoubtedly the eyes of the LORD looked to and fro throughout the earth for a heart that was perfect toward Him, and in the process of seeking and searching for that heart, He would find David a lowly shepherd boy within the hills and fields of Bethlehem. Oh that we would recognize and understand this, for when we catch this within the depths of our heart and spirit we will encounter the awesome reality that the eternal God is not only concerned with nature, but He is also concerned with pursuit. The living and eternal God is actively seeking, and is very much concerned with those whose hearts are fashioned and formed after the nature of His own, as well as those who passionately pursue that heart of the living God. There is a great need—particularly and especially right now for those in this generation and during these days to not only be those who have a heart after the LORD’s in nature and likeness, but also those who passionately pursue the heart of the living God with reckless abandon and with everything they have within them. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this particular reality, for it has the ability to dramatically and radically alter and shape how we live our lives and how we conduct ourselves during these days and during these times.

With all of this being said concerning the heart of David and the kings which sat upon the throne of David in the city of the Great King, it is necessary for us to recognize and understand that it was this heart that was within David that served as the plum line and the measuring stick for the hearts of those kings who would sit upon that throne. In all reality, it was that that heart which was found present within David that would be used to gauge and measure the hearts of the kings that would sit upon the throne, and their obedience would be directly measured and lined up against that of David their father. You cannot read the narrative of the kings which sat upon the the throne of David in the city of Jerusalem and not be confronted with the reality that the heart which the living God sought after, and the heart which the living God found in David was not the same type of heart which He was looking for in the kings which sat upon the same throne as David. What’s so incredibly interesting to think about is that one could sit upon the same throne as David their father did, and yet they could be of a different spirit and have a different heart than that of David. What we must recognize and understand is that there were certain kings which sat upon the throne of David which not only would not be of the same spirit as that which is in David, but would also have a different heart than him. Pause for a moment and think about the fact that it was possible to sit upon the same throne which David “the man after God’s own heart” sat upon, and yet you yourself not be a man after God’s own heart. I would dare say that when the living God sought for a man after His own heart He was not only looking for one single man, but was looking for a line of men after His own heart. I do believe the living God was looking for a single man who was after His own heart to reign as king over the nation and kingdom of Judah, however, when you consider this in context of the living God speaking of establishing for David a house and a throne in the midst of the land, you must recognize and understand that the living God was looking for a line of kings and a line of men who had a heart after that of the living God. Please don’t miss and lose sight of this absolutely incredible reality, for there is not a doubt in my mind that as much and as surely as the living God wanted to establish a throne which would have successive sons sitting upon the throne, He would also be looking for a line of men who would be after His own heart. I would dare say that when the living and eternal God declared that He was looking for a man after His own heart, He was looking for more than just one man, but was looking for a line of men that would be after His own heart.

I have previously written that whenever a new son would sit upon the throne of David in the city of Jerusalem they would not only need to choose and decide what type of king they would be, but they would also need to choose what type of man they would be. This concept of choosing what type of man they would be in direct proportion to being a man after God’s own heart. The living and eternal God emphatically declared that He was looking for a man after His own heart, and yet when you read His words unto David concerning establishing His throne, and how there would never lack one to sit upon that throne, you will notice that the LORD wasn’t merely looking for one righteous man to sit upon the throne in Jerusalem, but the LORD was looking for a line of godly men to sit upon the throne in the midst of the land. What’s more, is that as the king which sat upon the throne in the midst of the land the people and inhabitants of the land would look to you as a powerful example of what it meant to walk in godliness, in righteousness, in obedience, in faithfulness, in integrity, and in holiness before and in the sight of the living God. It is with this understanding that we must understand that the LORD was not merely looking for a king after his own heart, but He was looking for a man after His own heart. It is absolutely necessary that we come face to face with the fact that the living God wasn’t looking for a king after His own heart, for it wasn’t the king that made the man, but rather the man that made the king. The living and eternal God was looking for a man after his own heart, for it was the man who would make the king. What’s more, is that I do not believe for one moment the living God would simply look for one specific and one individual man after His own heart, for that man would and could not live forever. If the LORD was looking for a single man that was after His own heart, what would happen after that man died and went the way of his fathers and the way of the earth? What would happen if and after that man which was after the heart of the living God died and would be succeeded by his son who would rule and reign in his stead? This question not only directly suggest and implies that the living and eternal God was looking for a line of men which were and would be after His own heart, but also that there was a responsibility on the fathers to instruct their sons in matters of righteousness, in matters of obedience, in matters of holiness, in matters of purity and faithfulness in the sight of the living God. To help illustrate this even more I can’t help but think about some of the words which Solomon wrote in the opening chapters of the Old Testament book of Proverbs:

“My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; so that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; yea, if thou cries after knowledge, and lift East up thy voice for understanding; if thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for his treasures; then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layers up sound wisdom for the righteous: He is a buckler to them that walk up rightly. He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserve the the way of his saints. Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path. When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: to deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; who rejoice to do evil, and light in the frowardness of the wicked; whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths: to deliver thee from the strange woman, ever from the stranger which flattereth with her words; which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God. For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead. None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life. That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous. For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it” (Proverbs 2:1-22).

As I sit here this morning and think about and consider this reality of the living and eternal God looking for a man after His own heart, I can’t help but come to the astonishing conclusion that the LORD really wasn’t looking for a single man after His own heart. For far too long we have thought and believed that the living God was simply looking for a single man after His own heart, and that David was indeed that man who was after the heart of God. While I do in fact believe that David was indeed a man after God’s own heart, and that the living God did in fact choose David because of the heart that was within him, I don’t for one minute believe that David was the only man the living God was seeking. I believe that David would be the first in a line of men after God’s own heart, and that the truest and ultimate legacy of David was not that he alone was a man after God’s own heart, nor even that he alone was the man after God’s own heart, but that from him would proceed a lineage of men after God’s own heart. It is this thread that would be woven through the fabric of the throne of David which would be in existence in the midst of the city of Jerusalem, for there would come a time when David alone would be the measure and standard for the heart that was found within the king that would sit upon the throne in the city of Jerusalem. It would be the heart that was found within David alone that would be the plum line and measuring rod whereby any future king and their obedience and righteousness would be measured. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this reality, for when we read how the LORD sought for Himself a man after His own heart He wasn’t merely looking for one man whose heart would be after His own, but rather that that man and the heart which was in him would be the catalyst and foundation of a lineage of godly men whose hearts would be after His own. I do not believe for one moment that the LORD looked for David alone, and that David alone was the answer to the desire in the heart of the living God for a man who was after His own heart. I believe that David was the foundation for that man which would be after the heart after the living God, for from David would flow and be established a lineage of kings who would be men after God’s own heart. For far too long we have thought and believed that David was the only one the LORD was looking for when He sought for a man after His own heart, and yet I am absolutely and completely convinced that David wasn’t the only one the LORD sought after and looked for in the earth, for the LORD was looking for a foundation upon which He could establish a throne upon which godly men who had a heart after His own would sit and govern the nation. Consider if you will the words which are written and recorded in the books of First and Second Kings concerning the kings which would sit upon the throne of David—first those things which would do what was right in the sight of the LORD and whose hearts were likened unto that of David, and then followed by those who would do what was evil in the sight of the living God and whose hearts would not be after that of the living God, nor after David their father:

“And in the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel reigned Asa over Judah. And forty and one years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom. And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his father. And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made. And also Maachah his mother, even her he removed from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt it by the brook Kidron. But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa’s heart was perfect with the LORD all his days. And he brought in the things which his father had dedicated, and the things which himself had dedicated, into the house of the LORD, silver, and gold, and vessels” (1 Kings 15:9-15).

“And Jehoshaphat the son of Asa began to reign over Judah in the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel. Jehoshaphat was thirty and five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. And he walked in all the ways of Asa his father; he turned not aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of the LORD: nevertheless the high places were not taken away; for the people offered and burnt incense yet in the high places” (1 Kings 22:41-43).

“In the seventh year of Jehu Jehoash began to reign; and forty years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Zibiah of Beer-sheba. And JEhoash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all his days wherein Jehoiada the priest instructed him. But the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places” (2 Kings 12:1-3).

“In the second year of Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel reigned Ahaziah the son of Joash king of Judah. He was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jehoaddan of Jeruslaem. And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, yet not like David his father: he did according to all things as Joash his father did. Howbeit the high places were not taken away: as yet the people did sacrifice and burnt incense on the high places. And it came to pass, as soon as the kingdom was confirmed in his hand, that he slew his servants which had slain the king his father. But the children of the murderers he slew not: according unto that which is written in the book of the law of Moses, wherein the LORD commanded, saying, The children shall not put to death for the feathers; but every man shall bear put to death for his won sin. He slew of Edom in the valley of salt ten thousand, and took Selah by war, and called the name of it Joktheel unto this day” (2 Kings 14:1-7).

“In the twenty and seventh year of Jeroboam king of Israel began Azariah son of Ahaziah king of Judah to reign. Sixteen years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned two and fifty years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jecholiah of Jerusalem. And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Ahaziah had done; save that the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places. And the LORD smote the king, so that he was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house” (2 Kings 15:1-5).

“Now it came to pass in the third year of Horsham son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Abi, the daughter of Zachariah. And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father did. He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan. He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him. For he clave to the LORD, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses. And the LORD was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not. He smote the Philistines, even unto Gaza, and the borders thereof, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city” (2 Kings 18:1-8).

“Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam the son of Nebat reigned Abijam over Judah. Three years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Maacha, the daughter of Abishalom. And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father. Nevertheless for David’s sake did the LORD his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem: because David did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite” (1 Kings 15:1-5).

“And in the fifth year of JOram the son of Ahab king of Israel, Jehoshaphat being then king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah began to reign. Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem. And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as did the house of Ahab: for the daughter of Ahab was his wife: and he did evil in the sight of the LORD. Yet the LORD would not destroy Judah for David his servant’s sake, as he promise him to give him away a light, and to his children” (2 Kings 8:16-19).

“In the twelfth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel did Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah being to reign. Two and twenty years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign; and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Athaliah, the daughter of Omri king of Israel. And he walked in the way of the house of Ahab, and did evil in the sight of the LORD, as did the house of Ahab: for he was the son in law of the house of Ahab” (2 King 8:25-27).

“In the second year of Pekah the son of Remaliah king of Israel began Jotham the son of Uzziah king of Judah to reign. Five and twenty years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jerusha, the daughter of Zadok. And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD: he did according to all that his father Uzziah had done. Howbeit the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burned incense still in the high places. He built the higher gate of the house of the LORD” (2 Kings 15:32-35).

“In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah Ahaz the son of Jotham king of Judah began to reign. Twenty years old was Ahaz when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem, and did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD his god, like David his father. But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel. And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree” (2 Kings 16:1-4).

When I think about and consider this reality and concept of David not only being the man after God’s own heart which He sought after, but also being the first in a lineage of godly men whose hearts were after that of the LORD, I can’t help but come to the narrative of Hezekiah. As you read the words which are written concerning Hezekiah you will find something very specific written concerning him—namely, that he trusted in the LORD God of Israel, so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him. What’s more, is that when you read the narrative concerning Hezekiah you will find that in addition to his doing what was right in the sight of the LORD, he did so “according to all that David his father did.” It is absolutely necessary and imperative that we encounter this particular reality, for Hezekiah is the first king in the line of kings that sat upon and ruled from the throne of David whose heart mirrored and matched that of David. There were kings who were mentioned in Scripture did right in the sight of the LORD as did David their father, however, even with these kings we find them not removing the high places which the people burnt incense and offered burnt offerings upon. Within Hezekiah we see and encounter the first king in the lineage of kings that would rule upon the throne of David in the midst of the land whose heart would be so closely aligned and mirrored to that of David his father. What we learn and discover concerning Hezekiah was that he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and that his obedience mirrored and matched the obedience of David his father. What’s more, is that Hezekiah so trusted in the LORD God of Israel that he distinguished himself from the kings that went before him, and the kings that would come after him. There would only be one more righteous king that would sit upon the throne of David in the midst of Jerusalem, and that king would be Josiah whose days and reign was prophesied earlier on during the days of Jeroboam son of Nebat. How absolutely incredible it is to consider that during the initial days of idolatry, immorality and iniquity in the northern kingdom of Israel a prophetic word would be released in the land that would point to the days of its cleansing—days which would take place after the inhabitants of the land were thrust from the land and were brought into the land of Assyria. It’s absolutely astounding to think about and consider the fact that within Hezekiah we see a wonderful and powerful picture—not only of what the kings which sat upon the throne of David should look like, but also what the men who sat upon the throne of David looked like. I continue to be drawn to and captivated by the reality that when the LORD God spoke unto Samuel and declared what He was looking for, He didn’t declare unto him that He was looking for a king after His own heart, but a man after His own heart.

If there is one thing I so absolutely love about the narrative of Hezekiah is not only do we find a king after the heart of the living God, but we also find a man after the heart of God. I have spent so much time reading the words which were written in Scripture concerning the living God looking for a man after His own heart, and I have always thought, believed and assumed that that man after God’s own heart was singular in nature. As I turn thirty-seven years old today I have—for the first time—seen and come face to face with the reality that I don’t necessarily believe that the living God was looking for one man who had a heart after his own, but was looking for a lineage of men who were after His own heart. You cannot convinced me that when the living God declared that He was looking for a man after His own heart that not only was He looking for a lineage of men whose hearts were formed and fashioned after the very nature of the heart of the living God, but He was also looking for a lineage of men who passionately pursued the heart of the living God. What we find within these passages of Scripture is a powerful picture of what God sought to do with and through the throne of David in the midst of the city of Jerusalem—namely, set a man upon the throne who not only passionately pursued the heart of the living God with everything inside him, but also whose very heart was so aligned and in tune with that of the living God. I firmly believe with everything inside me that the Spirit of the living God was looking to establish within the earth a lineage of men who would pursue the very heart of the living God with all their strength, with all their soul, with all their mind, and with a reckless abandon, and whose hearts were a mirror image and representation of that of the heart of God. I am firmly convinced there was something else the living God was seeking to do when He declared unto Saul through Samuel that He was looking for a man after His own heart. Deep within the heart and mind of God He knew that He would set up a lineage of kings who would sit upon the throne in the midst of His people, and at the very heart and core of that line would be the underlying current of men after God’s own heart—men who would do that which was right in the sight of the living God. I am absolutely convinced that while it is true that there were men who did that which right in the sight of the living God, and who ruled upon the throne of David in the midst of the city of Jerusalem, it wouldn’t be until Hezekiah when we would see the first king who would truly walk in the same manner as David did, and who would truly be a man after God’s own heart in nature and in pursuit. What’s more, is that as we will see in the next few chapters in the book of Second Kings there would be another king—the first king who would sit upon the throne of David—whose heart would be in line and in sync with David his father.

The narrative we read concerning Hezekiah king of Judah is one that is absolutely incredible, for it is this particular narrative that brings us face to face with that which the living God intended all along—from the time He declared unto Saul that He sought for Himself a man after His own heart, from the time Samuel anointed David, to the time the Spirit of the LORD came upon David, to the time when David would be anointed as the next king of Israel. I am convinced that what we see in David is what we should have seen in each and every king that sat upon the throne in the midst of Jerusalem, and what we see in full picture and view within the narrative of Hezekiah king of Judah. There were kings which were mentioned and spoken of in the book of First and Second Kings which did that which was right in the sight of the living God, and there would even be kings which would be described as walking in the ways of their father David, and yet it wouldn’t be until Hezekiah began to reign as king upon the throne of David we would encounter and come face to face with a king who would not only do what was right in the sight of the LORD according to all that David did, but we also find that there was no king like Hezekiah—either before or after him. Please don’t miss or lose sight of this absolutely astonishing reality, for it is this thought which serves as the entire backdrop for the reign of Hezekiah king of Judah. In order to understand just how significant the events surrounding the reign of Hezekiah were it is necessary that we learn and understand that when the living God sought after a man after His own heart, He was looking to establish a godly lineage of men who would not only rule and govern as kings, but who would also be men after His own heart. What shines an even greater light on to the rule and reign of Hezekiah king of Judah was that he would be a man that would do right in the sight of the LORD, and whose heart went fully and completely after the LORD. Even this passage describes how he clave to the LORD, and departed not from following Him, but kept His commandments. Do you want to know what it looks like to be a man after God’s own heart? You need look at the words which described Hezekiah king of Judah, for that one who passionately pursues the heart of the living God is one that trusts in Him, one that cleaves to the LORD, one that departs not from following Him, and one that keeps His commandments. It is necessary that we recognize and understand this, for it will dramatically alter how you view Hezekiah and the days of his reign over the southern kingdom of Judah from the throne of David in Jerusalem. We cannot, we dare not, we must not miss and lose sight of this absolutely astonishing reality, for it brings us face to face with the original design and intention the living God had in mind when He initially sought out a man after His own heart.

THE ORIGINAL DESIGN FOR A MAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART! THE ORIGINAL BLUEPRINT FOR A MAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART! REALIZING THE VISION OF WHAT THE LIVING GOD HAD IN MIND THE WHOLE TIME! REBELLED AGAINST THE KING! FEARED THE KING! RESISTED THE KING! A MAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART STILL EXPERIENCES AND FACES FEAR! A MAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART STILL FACES ENEMIES AND ADVERSARIES! A MAN AFTER GOD’S HEART RESISTS THE ENEMY THROUGH PRAYER! HEZEKIAH WENT INTO THE HOUSE OF THE LORD! HEZEKIAH PRAYED! As I prepare to bring this writing to a close I feel compelled to call and draw your attention to the days of Hezekiah—not necessarily focused on how he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, and how he was indeed a man who walked in the manner of life his father David did, but focused on what would perhaps be one of the most astounding realities concerning his life. In order to truly understand the events which took place during the life of Hezekiah it’s necessary to preface them with the words written in the eighteenth chapter, and how Hezekiah trusted in the LORD God of Israel, and it was that trust in the LORD God of Israel that distinguished him from all the kings which had gone before him, as well as all the kings which would go before him. Scripture reveals how Hezekiah clave to the LORD, and how he departed not from following Him, but kept his commandments. It would be in direct relation to Hezekiah trusting in the LORD, and in direct relationship to his cleaving to the LORD and departing not from following Him that would lead to the statement made by the author how the LORD was with him, and how he prospered whithersoever he went forth. It is in the direct context of these words that you must understand that even though Hezekiah was a man who walked after the manner, after the spirit, and after the heart of his father David, that would not exempt him from fear, nor would it exempt him confronting and dealing with an enemy and adversary which was far greater, far mightier and far more powerful than he himself was. We must recognize and understand that during the days of Hezekiah he had watched as the king of Assyria had invaded the land of the northern kingdom of Israel, and how the king of Assyria had destroyed the capital city of Samaria, and had taken the people captive from the midst of the land. It’s interesting and worth noting that when you read the narrative of Hezekiah king of Judah you will find that initially he was one who rebelled against the king of Assyria. In direct relation to the words which were written concerning his obedience and faithfulness in the sight of the LORD, we find that Hezekiah was also one who rebelled against the king of Assyria. This is truly remarkable and astonishing when you think about and consider it, for the narrative of Hezekiah would seem to appear as one that would begin with rebelling against the king of Assyria, would transition into a period of time when Hezekiah would fear the king of Assyria, and finally when Hezekiah resisted the king of Assyria through prayer, through humility and through surrender to the LORD God of Israel whom He trusted in.

If there is one thing we must learn and one thing we must recognize when reading the words which are found within these chapters it’s that just because you walk in the same manner and spirit as David the king of Israel, that doesn’t mean that you won’t experience and encounter enemies and adversaries. What’s more, is that just because you are one who walks after the same spirit and manner of David, that doesn’t mean that it’s not possible that your heart can be captivated with and by fear before and in the sight of your enemy. Scripture doesn’t explicitly reveal that Hezekiah feared the king of Assyria, but it does reveal how immediately after Hezekiah witnessed the northern kingdom of Israel being invaded and its people being taken captive, the king of Assyria would turn his attention to the southern kingdom of Judah, and to the city of Jerusalem. When Hezekiah saw how the king of Assyria had come against the city of Jerusalem and the southern kingdom of Judah, he would declare unto the king of Assyria and declare unto him that he had offended. Moreover, Hezekiah would ask the king of Assyria to return from him, and that what the enemy and adversary would put upon him he would bear. The king of Assyria would III fact oblige and heed the words of Hezekiah king of Judah and would appoint unto him three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold. Scripture goes on to reveal how Hezekiah would give unto the king of Assyria all the silver that was found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king’s house. Moreover, Hezekiah would also cut off the gold from the doors of the temple of the LORD, and from the pillars which he himself had overlaid, and would give them to the king of Assyria. It is absolutely necessary that we recognize and understand this reality, for in the opening verses of the eighteenth chapter we read how Hezekiah rebelled against the king of Assyria—and not only how he had rebelled against the king of Assyria, but also how he had waged war against the Philistines who were still in the picture, and how he had smitten then all the way unto Gath in the territory and land of the Philistines. This is actually unique when you think about that just as Hezekiah would walk after the same manner and would walk in the same spirit as David his father did, he would also engage the same foe and the same enemy which David his father had waged war against during the days of his reign. The fundamental difference between the days of these reigns is when you think about and consider the fact that Hezekiah would experience an enemy and adversary which was much greater, much stronger, and much more powerful than the Philistines were during the days of David. Hezekiah would encounter an enemy and adversary which had moved throughout and upon the earth conquering nations and kingdoms, and had even conquered the northern kingdom of Israel and took its people captive. It would be during the days of Hezekiah when we first learn and experience the king of Assyria marching against the city of Jeruslaem and threatening to conquer, subdue and take possession of this city which was the city of the Great King.

What I absolutely love when reading the words which are found within this passage of Scripture is that although there would be a point in time early on during the days of Hezekiah’s nineteen year reign he would submit to the king of Assyria, there would come a point in time later on when Hezekiah would no longer submit and would no longer surrender to the threats, to the lies, to the words, nor to the intimidation of the king of Assyria. As you read the narrative which is found concerning Hezekiah you will find that the king of Assyria sent a certain envoy and messengers unto the city of Jerusalem with a message of intimidation and with a message of fear, and how these messengers would speak their words of intimidation in the very language of the children of Israel. The words which the king of Assyria would proclaim outside the walls of the city of Jerusalem were not only meant to threaten and intimidate them, but they were also meant to bring the people of Jerusalem and Judah into a place of surrender before and unto him. It’s actually quite interesting to read the words which were written concerning Hezekiah, for in the opening verses of this chapter you will find it written how Hezekiah would rebel against the king of Assyria and would not serve him. These words would be absolutely and incredibly crucial to understand when considering the narrative of the days of Hezekiah, for when you read the account of his life you will find that not once did Hezekiah ever resist the king of Assyria in battle, nor in conflict, nor in warfare. There is absolutely no account of Hezekiah ever engaging the army of Israel to wage war against the king of Assyria, nor how Hezekiah would directly confront the king of Assyria and the host he would send against the city of Jerusalem. In fact, there is absolutely no mention of Hezekiah, nor the people of Jerusalem and the army of Judah leaving the city of the Great King. Despite the threats and intimidation of the king of Assyria, Hezekiah would never resist him in battle, and would never resist him in conflict and warfare. With that being said, we have to ask ourselves what the connection and what the link is between Hezekiah resisting the king of Assyria during the days of his reign. The answer is actually quite simple and is one that is absolutely necessary and imperative for us to understand if we are to ourselves walk in the same spirit and heart as David king of Israel. In order to understand how Hezekiah resisted the enemy and adversary, it’s important for us to consider the words which are found in the New Testament epistles which were written by the apostle Peter and James. Consider if you will the words which the apostle Peter wrote in the first chapter of the epistle which bears his name, as well as the words which are written in the epistle written by James:

“Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon him; for he care the for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever” (1 Peter 5:5-11).

“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be burned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the LORD, and he shall lift you up” (James 4:6-10).

It is absolutely necessary that we have at the forefront of our minds the words which are written within each of these epistles, for in these two passages of Scripture we come face to face with the awesome and incredible reality of us having a very real adversary and enemy, and yet how we are to resist the enemy who prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. There is not a doubt in my mind that the king of Assyria prowled around the city of Jerusalem seeking to devour it, and that the king of Assyria is a tremendous picture of the enemy and adversary which is present within our hearts and lives. There is not a doubt in my mind that the king of Assyria is a powerful archetype and prophetic picture of the enemy and adversary that prowls around during our days and during our generation seeking whom he may devour. Scripture makes it abundantly clear that we are to resist this enemy and adversary steadfast in the faith, and that when we resist this enemy and adversary he will flee from us. While it is true that the king of Assyria would come against the city of Jerusalem, and would threaten to devour it, it is also true that this enemy and adversary would flee from it. You might ask yourself how Hezekiah would resist this enemy and adversary which marched against him and threatened to devour the city of Jerusalem and all those present within its walls. The answer is actually quite simple, for when Hezekiah heard the initial words which the king of Assyria threatened both himself and the inhabitants of Jerusalem with, he would rend his clothes, and would enter into the house of the LORD, and would humble himself in prayer before the living God in whom He trusted. It’s worth noting that after and upon this initial humbling before and in the sight of the living God in prayer in the face of the threat of the king of Assyria, the prophet Isaiah would declare unto Hezekiah that the king of Assyria would neither enter into the city, nor would he launch any arrow, nor unsheathe a single sword in the midst of it, for the enemy would himself flee after hearing a rumor and a noise within his own land and territory. Please don’t miss and lose sight of this absolutely remarkable reality, for even when the king of Assyria would essentially flee from the city of Jerusalem—not even because Hezekiah and the army marched out against them in battle, but because Hezekiah resisted him steadfast in faith and in prayer before the living God—he would still attempt to threaten him, and would send a letter intimidating him and threatening him not to continue trusting in the LORD his God, for he would once more march against the city in order to conquer, subdue and devour it. Oh please don’t miss this reality, for when Hezekiah would hear and encounter this second threatening message of intimidation, we find Hezekiah taking the words which were found in the letter, entering into the house of the LORD, humbling himself once more in prayer, and crying out to the living God in His holy sanctuary.

We must encounter and must come face to face with the awesome and incredible reality of what is found within the narrative of Hezekiah king of Judah, for what we find here is are two powerful Old Testament examples of how we are called to resist the enemy and adversary who dares march against us, and who dares seek to devour us. The apostle Peter instructs us to resist the enemy and adversary, the devil, being steadfast in the faith, and James emphatically declares that we are to resist the devil, and that he will flee from us. Please don’t miss and lose sight of these words, for in both passages we are instructed to resist and essentially rebel against the enemy and adversary who prowls around as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, and in the epistle which James wrote we not only find the instruction to resist the devil, but also the declaration that he will and must flee from us. Through the narrative of Hezekiah we encounter and come face to face with the absolutely astonishing and tremendous reality that Hezekiah did indeed and did in fact trust in the LORD his God, and that he did in fact experience a very real enemy and adversary that would march against him and the city of Jerusalem. With that being said, we must recognize and understand that Hezekiah rebelled against the king of Assyria, and that Hezekiah resisted this king of Assyria, yet he would not resist him in battle, nor would he resist him according to the worldly methods and means which other kings would have used. In fact, I would dare say that the other nations and the other kingdoms which the king of Assyria marched against and threatened fell before him and were conquered by him because they attempted to engage him according to earthly and natural means—namely, by sword and shield, and in warfare and conflict. The city of Jerusalem would be delivered out of the hand of the enemy and adversary, yet it would not be delivered through warfare, conflict and battle, but would be delivered by and through prayer. Please pay close attention to this reality, for it shows, reveals and demonstrates before and unto us how we ourselves are to resist the enemy and adversary—namely, how we resist him steadfast in the faith, and in humility as we bring the words and threats of the enemy before the living God. The city of Jerusalem would be delivered out of the mouth of the lion, and the city of Jerusalem would be delivered out of the paw of the proverbial lion which sought to devour it, and it would be delivered out of it through humility and prayer. It would be absolutely nothing else that would deliver the city of Jerusalem, Hezekiah king of Judah, and even the people of the city from the threat and advance of the enemy, but humility and prayer alone. Is it any wonder why in both the first epistle written by the apostle Peter, as well as the epistle written by James we find humility directly linked and directly connected to resisting the enemy and adversary? Moreover, is it any wonder why in both of these epistles we find submission to God directly and intrinsically linked to our resisting the enemy and adversary who marches against us with great force and great number.

As I bring this writing to a close I call and invite you to consider the narrative of Hezekiah king of Judah, for he would indeed rebel and resist the king of Assyria—together with his advances, his threats and his intimidation—yet he would not do it with sword or shield. Hezekiah would resist the king of Assyria, and yet he would never have to leave the walls of the city, nor would he ever have to enlist the army of Judah against the king of Assyria to face him in battle. How absolutely incredible and powerful it is to think about and consider the fact that Hezekiah the king of Judah would resist the king of Assyria, and would do so with nothing more than prayer. With that being said, it’s worth noting that even though Hezekiah resisted the king of Assyria through prayer and humility before the living God, it would be enough and all that was needed to cause this enemy to flee from both he and the city of Jerusalem. Hezekiah would not need to lift a single sword, nor would he have to raise a single shield against the king of Assyria, nor against the great host which he had sent against the city of Jerusalem. Hezekiah would indeed and would in fact resist the king of Assyria, ye he would do it solely through humility and the power of prayer before and in the sight of the living God. In both narratives we find Hezekiah entering into the house of the LORD, and it would be there in the house of the LORD he would humble himself in prayer before the LORD, and would present the words and threats of the enemy which were brought against both he and the city of Jerusalem. Oh that we would get this in the very depths of our spirit, for the single greatest means of resisting the enemy and adversary of our souls and within our generation is not through human might and human strength, nor is it through any weapon of our own making, but is directly and solely through humility before and in the sight of the living God, submitting ourselves to Him, and praying and seeking His face. We are instructed to rebel and resist against the enemy and adversary which marches against us and seeks to devour us, and we must understand that the way we rebel against and resist this enemy and adversary is through humility and prayer in the secret closet of prayer. There is not a doubt in my mind that during these days and at this time the Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is calling us into a place where we will stand strong and steadfast in our faith, and as we submit ourselves fully, completely and wholly to the LORD our God, and how we resist the enemy and adversary through humility and prayer in the sight of the LORD our God. I sit here this morning and I hear the clarion and powerful call of the Spirit within our hearts and lives to not only submit ourselves fully and completely before and in the sight of the living God, but also humble ourselves and through prayer—not only resist the enemy and adversary, but also stand strong and steadfast in our faith. Oh that we would rise up during these days and during these times and would submit ourselves before and in the sight of the living God, that we would humble ourselves in His sight, that we would pray, and that we would resist and rebel against the enemy and adversary of our souls through unceasing, unwavering, and unflinching prayer and intercession in the sight and presence of the living God knowing that when we resist and rebel against this enemy and adversary, he has to flee before us because he is and has already been defeated by the Word of the living God, and by and through the work of Jesus Christ upon the cross of Calvary two thousand years ago. Oh that we would rise up during these days and rebel against and resist an already defeated enemy and foe, and would recognize that when we rebel against and resist this enemy and adversary he has to flee because he is already defeated, and because any authority he brags and boasts about pales in comparison to the authority, the might, the power, the strength and the dominion of the LORD our God.

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