A Godly King’s Armor

The Southern Kingdom of Judah had a few God-fearing kings.  You can combine a teaching of the armor of God listed in Ephesians 6:10-18 with the story of  good King Hezekiah that we find written about in Isaiah 36-39 , 2 Chronicles 29-32 and 2 Kings 18-20 .  Hezekiah began his reign at the age of twenty-five,  and right away started repairing the temple and re-instituting proper worship.  In the fourteenth year of his prosperous reign, Sennacherib, King of Assyria, came up against Judah, mocking their faith in God, even claiming that God had sent him to destroy the land! King Hezekiah covers himself with sackcloth and sends messengers to the prophet Isaiah who comforts them with a message of hope from the LORD. Later, a threatening letter robs King Hezekiah of his composure , and going up to the house of the LORD, he spreads the letter before the LORD and prays for deliverance.  Isaiah sends Hezekiah a promise that God would repay the King of Assyria for reproaching His Name and that He would defend Jerusalem “…For My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.  Then the angel of the LORD went out and killed in the camp of the Assyrians 185,000…” 2 Chronicles 37:35-36.  Sennecherib returned home shamefaced and was struck down by his sons while worshiping in the house of his god.If you don’t trace the armor on metallic-colored poster board, use metallic gel pens to color. Template below.  Another option is to use the foil seal from nut cans. Smooth the bumps out with a pencil erasure, trace your pattern, cut and glue.

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