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THE ASSYRIAN CRISIS A TIME OF GROWTH The Assyrian Crisis in Judah appears from the surface as a time of great luck for the people of Jerusalem However by examining the situation with a more powerful lens one can see the powerful religious infuence such an event could have on a residents theology If I were a Judean during this time my faith would have faced the toughest test of my life Going into such a conflict with a nation as strong as Assyria I could not help but be afraid My bones would tremble at the thought of destruction of the Holy City of Jerusalem of the people of Judah and of my own being Although I would have believed in God I would still be filled with fear This fear would escalate when I heard a messenger for the king of Assyria as stated in Isaiah 36 mocking God insulting His power and doubting His saving grace on Jerusalem He goes on to try and convice us the people of Jerusalem that Hezekiah is not trustworthy and that we will not find help in Egypt because they are not reliable Finally knowing the path of destruction that Assyria has already created and their hunger for more in addition to the messengers statement that the Lord has commanded Assyria to go and destroy Jerusalem my feelings of fear and doubt would uncontrollably well up inside me We are after all only human and fear is a common feeling despite where we stand with God No man lives without fear but though fear our faith is tested and strengthened Upon hearing and experiencing the truth of Isaiahs claim that God will spare Jerusalem and force the Assyrians back home my faith in God would be fortified In the times of fear I would have realized how weak how immature and how far I must go in my faith and trust in God But
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