“In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and took them” (v1). Isaiah repeats the story of the Assyrian attack on Judah (2 Kings, 2 Chronicles), explaining how the “Rabshakeh” – Assyrian military leader – taunted King Hezekiah and tried to terrify the Israelites. He told that them trusting in the Lord was useless. Under Assyria’s protection, according to the Rabshakeh, the Israelites would be safe, able to enjoy their farms and families (v16).
“The Lord will deliver us” (v18). The Assyrians mocked, but King Hezekiah knew it was true. There is no safety, no security, no lasting joy outside our relationship with the Lord.