In these chapters we study one of the most exciting periods
of Judah’s history–that of the reign of King Hezekiah. Samaria
(Israel) had fallen to Assyria and now the enemy was attacking
Judah. Ahaz had made a covenant with Assyria years before, but
Hezekiah rebelled against it and invited an invasion from the enemy.
Actually, the events of these chapters are not recorded in their
exact order, for Hezekiah’s sickness occurred during the siege and
the visit from the Babylonian leaders followed his recovery.
Hezekiah reigned 29 years, and since 15 years were given him after
his recovery, and the invasion took place the fourteenth year of his
reign, then his sickness and the invasion occurred at the same
period in his life.
It was very likely a trying time for the king to be ill
while Assyrians threatened to invade, but oftentimes God allows
trouble to come into our lives in pairs. However, when we wholly
trust the Lord, as Hezekiah did, God is sufficient to meet all our
troubles. As Christians, we must remember that Romans 8:28,29 is
always true, and that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.