And the Rabshakeh said to them, “Say to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria: On what do you rest this trust of yours? Do you think that mere words are strategy and power for war? In whom do you now trust, that you have rebelled against me? Behold, you are trusting now in Egypt, that broken reed of a staff, which will pierce the hand of any man who leans on it. Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him. But if you say to me, “We trust in the Lord our God,” is it not he whose high places and altars Hezekiah has removed, saying to Judah and to Jerusalem, “You shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem”? Come now, make a wager with my master the king of Assyria: I will give you two thousand horses, if you are able on your part to set riders on them. How then can you repulse a single captain among the least of my master’s servants, when you trust in Egypt for chariots and for horsemen? Moreover, is it without the Lord that I have come up against this place to destroy it? The Lord said to me, “Go up against this land and destroy it.”’” 2 Kings 18:19-25.
Hezekiah was the most righteous king Judah had seen since David. He even tore down the high places to completely purge idolatry from his kingdom. But now he is surrounded by an Assyrian army, and he scares up all the silver, and even strips the gold off the temple gates, in an attempt to buy them off.
It does not work. The Assyrians want it all. And they let the men on the city walls know that if they surrender, it will go well for them. And they believe they are unstopable. No other gods have withstood them, and Hezekiah’s God can’t either.
The world will let you buy them off for awhile. But the day will come when it won’t be enough. Their tolerance will turn to demands of unconditional surrender.