I love this event as described by Isaiah…
By thy messengers thou hast reproached the Lord, and hast said, With the multitude of my chariots I am come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon, and will cut down the tall cedar trees thereof, and the choice fir trees thereof: and I will enter into the lodgings of his borders, and into the forest of his Carmel.
I have digged and drunk strange waters, and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of besieged places.
2 Kings 19:23-24
Arrogant King Sennacherib, ruler of the Assyrian Empire, believed that his greatness was such that he was as tall as mountains, that wherever he stepped would become his land, with rivers drying up under his feet. He looked at the tiny kingdom of Judah, with its one solitary “god” and thought “I’ve conquered bigger nations with countless more gods than this place, what’s one more!?”
And so he came up against Judah and the God of Jacob, and realized that strength was not in numbers.
And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.
And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword: and they escaped into the land of Armenia. And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.
2 Kings 19:35-37
Though his army outnumbered the army of Judah, he could not out-match the army of the Lord. In fact it only took one of God’s soldiers to wipe the floor with Sennacherib’s troops. One angel in one night wiped out all 185,000 of the Assyrian host, sending the wretched king back to Ninevah, where he was killed by his own sons.
Interesting, isn’t it, that Sennacherib would die in the house of one of his many gods, after he–and they–had been exposed and defeated by the power of the ONE God of Judah?
You can’t outnumber God. You can’t out flank God. You can’t out-match God. And you can’t out fight God.