2 Kings 19:9-11, 14-21, 31-36 / Matthew 7:6, 12-14
To insult a person is certainly not good at all.
But to insult a person's religion and even to insult a person's God is really bad, and there will be serious consequences.
In the 1st reading, the king of the Assyrians, Sennacherib, sent a message to king Hezekiah, king of Judah with this message: Do not let your God on whom you are relying deceive you ...
Sennacherib was certainly proud and arrogant as he and his powerful Assyrian army had already disposed other nations and he was waiting for Judah to fall into his hands.
And king Hezekiah did the right thing. He took the letter and went up to the Temple and spread it before the Lord and prayed to the Lord and told the Lord about the insult of Sennacherib.
And as we know, the Lord scatters the proud of heart and He casts the mighty from their thrones.
That same night the angel of the Lord went out and struck down 185,000 men of the Assyrian army. Obviously Sennacherib was shocked and he then retreated.
So besides the fact that insulting someone's religion or insulting someone's God has serious consequences, there is something that we must learn from king Hezekiah.
Let us know that we must take all our troubles and anxieties to the Lord in prayer and He will deliver us.
Let us remember that when we are humble and trusting in Him, He will raise us up from all that is against us.