Hezekiah Gets Sick And Dies

 I heard about a rich man who was determined to take his wealth with him. He told his wife to get all his money together, put it in a sack, and then hang the sack from the rafters in the attic. He said, “When my spirit is caught up to heaven, I’ll grab the sack on … More

Riches

Hezekiah gets sick and almost died (v. 24). He prayed, and the Lord gave him a sign that he would recover. He was so proud that he refused to thank the Lord for everything He had done for him (v. 25). This made the Lord angry, and He punished Hezekiah and the people of Judah and Jerusalem.  Later, Hezekiah and the people were sorry and asked the Lord to forgive them (v. 26). As a result, the Lord did not punish them as long as Hezekiah was king. Hezekiah was very rich, and everyone respected him (v. 27). Later he built special rooms to store the silver, the gold, the precious stones, the spices, the shields and other valuable possessions. Storehouses were also built for his grain, wine, and olive oil and barns were built for his cattle and pens for his sheep (v. 28).

God made Hezekiah extremely rich, so he bought even more sheep, goats and cattle while he built towns where he could keep all these animals (v. 29). It was Hezekiah who built a tunnel that carried the water from Gihon Spring into the city of Jerusalem. In fact, everything he did was successful (v. 30). The leaders of Babylonia sent messengers to ask Hezekiah about a sign God had given him (v. 31). God let him give his own answer to test him and to see if he would remain faithful. Everything he did while he was king is included in the records kept by Isaiah the prophet (v. 32). These are written in 1st and 2nd kings. When he died he was buried in the section of the royal tombs  that were reserved for the most respected people, and everyone in Judah and Jerusalem honored him (v. 33). His son Manasseh then became king.

Application

All our riches mean nothing (Matt. 619-21). All I desire to do is trust Him, love Him and serve Him.

II Chronicles 32:24-33 (English Standard Version)

In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death, and he prayed to the LORD, and he answered him and gave him a sign. But Hezekiah did not make return according to the benefit done to him, for his heart was proud. Therefore wrath came upon him and Judah and Jerusalem. But Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD did not come upon them in the days of Hezekiah. And Hezekiah had very great riches and honor, and he made for himself treasuries for silver, for gold, for precious stones, for spices, for shields, and for all kinds of costly vessels; storehouses also for the yield of grain, wine, and oil; and stalls for all kinds of cattle, and sheepfolds. He likewise provided cities for himself, and flocks and herds in abundance, for God had given him very great possessions. This same Hezekiah closed the upper outlet of the waters of Gihon and directed them down to the west side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works. And so in the matter of the envoys of the princes of Babylon, who had been sent to him to inquire about the sign that had been done in the land, God left him to himself, in order to test him and to know all that was in his heart. Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah and his good deeds, behold, they are written in the vision of Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz, in the Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel. And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the upper part of the tombs of the sons of David, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did him honor at his death. And Manasseh his son reigned in his place.

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