And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father David had done. (2 Kings 18:3)
After a long list of not so great kings Hezekiah ascends to the throne and lives a life after The Plow. When he became king he went against the normal standard operating procedure and accomplished the following:
He removed the high places and broke the sacred pillars, cut down the wooden image and broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made; for until those days the children of Israel burned incense to it, and called it Nehushtan. He trusted the LORD God of Israel, so that after him was none like him among the kings of Judah, nor who were before him. For he held fast to the LORD; he did not depart from following Him, but kept his commandments, which the LORD had commanded Moses. The LORD was with him; he prospered wherever he went. And he rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him. (2 Kings 18:4-7)
The Plow does not follow the status quo and Hezekiah’s reign attests to that. Hezekiah led a spiritual revival at the beginning of his kingdom and did not stop until his death. The world power at the time of Hezekiah was Assyria and prior kings served Assyria and paid tribute to them. Assyria took out the Northern Kingdom of Israel and threatened Judah multiple times. But Hezekiah followed The Plow and was willing to suffer its pain and do what God called him to and rebelled against Assyria in the name of the LORD. Hezekiah’s crisis with Assyria demonstrates the life which follows The Plow and submits to the will of God.
We read of Assyria’s initial threat of following Hezekiah’s rebellion, bulling Judah in the way of the world, which challenges the life of The Plow in 2 Kings 18:13-37. Hezekiah, if he followed the way of the world, would have caved in and given in to the demands of the world’s superpower. But Hezekiah was willing to suffer worldly consequences for following after The Plow. Hezekiah has the nation seek God instead of panicking (2 Kings 19:1-4). The prophet Isaiah affirms the direction taken by Hezekiah (2 Kings 19:6-7) and assures the LORD will bring deliverance – the way of The Plow is the way of ultimate victory. The action of Hezekiah was met with another boastful threat by Assyria (2 Kings 19:8-13). And why should Assyria not keep up the ways of their past success; it has been the normal way of life for them. The Plow upsets the normal way of life. Hezekiah’s prayer in 2 Kings 19:14-19 is one of the greatest in the Bible and shows the heart of the person who lives after The Plow. Isaiah once again affirms the fact of God’s deliverance is certain, because the LORD works where He is allowed to plow. God then brings deliverance which is contrary to the way of the world in 2 Kings 19:35-37 in which the angel of the LORD killed 185,000 Assyrians without the worldly way of battle (reading the archaeological evidence of this is quite fascinating by the way).
Deliverance comes by The Plow. Hezekiah was successful in the time of his crisis because he followed The Plow and lived to show us this principle.