Episode 154: An angel kills 185,000 sleeping soldiers
(2 Kings 18-20)
Hezekiah, the best king of Judah
181Hezekiah, the son of Ahaz, became king of Judah when he was twenty-five years old. 3 He did what was right in God's eyes, just like his ancestor David. 4 He removed the high places, broke images, cut down groves, and broke into pieces the brass serpent that Moses made. 5 He was the best king that Judah ever had. 9 But in the fourth year of Hezekiah's reign in Judah, Assyria attacked Samaria. 10 A few years later, the Assyrians conquered Samaria, captured all of Israel and took them captive back to Assyria. 12 This all happened because Israel didn't obey God.
The Assyrians invade Judah
14 Hezekiah sent a message to Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, saying,
I'm sorry for offending you. I'll pay you whatever you want.
Sennacherib told him to pay 300 talents of silver and 30 talents of gold.
15 So Hezekiah gave him all the silver in God's house, along with the gold from the doors of God's temple.
18 The king of Assyria sent messengers to Hezekiah, who said to him,
The sun usually goes forward. So ask God to make it go backward ten degrees.
11 Isaiah cried out to God. And God brought the shadow back ten degrees.
21 When Hezekiah died, his son Manasseh became king.
A few more words about this episode
Hezekiah broke into pieces the brass serpent that Moses made. (18:4)
This was, according to this verse, a good thing. But it was God who told Moses to make the brass serpent in Numbers to cure the people who were bit by the serpents that God sent to bite them for complaining about the lack of food and water. (Episode )