Sennacherib was the arrogant king of Assyria. As he planned his strategy to destroy Jerusalem, he sent this message to Judah’s king: “Tell Hezekiah: ‘This is what the great king, the king of Assyria, says: On what are you basing this confidence of yours? You say you have the counsel and the might for war—but you speak only empty words. On whom are you depending, that you rebel against me?”’ (2 Kings 18:19-20 NIV).
As soon as Hezekiah heard the message he began to pray. The living God answered his prayer. Through the prophet, Isaiah, God delivered this reply to Sennacherib:
2 Kings 19:22
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!
Isaiah reminded the pompous king of Assyria that God was Qedosh Yisrael—the Holy One of Israel. How dare Sennacherib challenge Qedosh Yisrael and his people!
The name Qedosh Yisrael describes the uniqueness of God. He is holy—set apart from all things. Through Christ, God makes us holy (Hebrews 10:10). That is our position in Christ. It is also to be our practice. Peter reminded believers not to give in to evil desires. He said, “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:15-16 NIV).
- Thank God for his holiness—for being completely set apart. There is none like him.
- Thank God for your position—through Jesus, he has made you holy.
- Confess areas of sin and ask God to give you the strength to live in obedience.
There is no one like you. You are unique, set apart, and separated from evil. Thank you for making me holy through the work of Jesus. I know that you call me to not give in to my evil desires. I need your help, strength, and power. And I need your forgiveness for my failures. Help me live a holy life set apart for you.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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