This article from Foreign Policy is the most insightful I have found in understanding the crisis.–JW
2 Kings 20:20 (ESV)
The rest of the deeds of Hezekiah and all his might and how he made the pool and the conduit and brought water into the city, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?
From Wikipedia: The ancient city of Jerusalem, being on a mountain, is naturally defensible from almost all sides, but suffers from the drawback that its major source of fresh water, the Gihon spring, is on the side of the cliff overlooking the Kidron Valley. This presents a major military weakness as the city walls, if high enough to be defensible, must necessarily leave the Gihon spring outside, thus leaving the city without a fresh water supply in case of siege.
King Hezekiah’s tunnel, leading from the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam, was designed as an aqueduct to provide Jerusalem with water during an impending siege by the Assyrians, led by Sennacherib.
Our Father in heaven,
The Ebola virus has besieged large swaths of western and central Africa. Lord, have mercy. We humbly beseech You to raise up civic leaders like King Hezekiah to design and implement the means to provide the material needs of the patients and the villages in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Senegal, and the Democratic Republic of Congo that are quarantined.
O Father, may these nations be washed in the river flowing from the throne of God, healed, and have their destinies and identities restored in You. Physical healing and spiritual healing, Lord. Have mercy. Amen.