I wonder what would happen if we applied the same standards of loyalty to our Christian activities
that we expect from other areas of our lives? If your car starts once every three tries, is it reliable? If
the postman skipped delivery every Monday and Thursday, is he trustworthy … More
Hezekiah’s rule was characterized not only by devotion to God but by devotion with such intensity that even the high places were destroyed. Even the brazen serpent which Moses had erected seven hundred years earlier had become an object of worship and was reduced to scrap metal.
Hezekiah repaired the temple that had been desecrated during Ahaz’s rule. Worship was restored and all Israel from North and South were invited to the celebration of Passover. Of all the other godly kings of Judah, none ranked with Hezekiah. Unlike some of the other kings he did not apostatize later in life but kept the Mosaic Covenant faithfully. Because of this the Lord was with him and blessed him with success in all he undertook.
Hezekiah rebelled against Sennacherib, king of Assyria, which precipitated the Assyrian invasion recorded later. Sennacherib invaded Judah to enforce Ahaz’s commitment to Assyria that Hezekiah had broken (v. 7). In this campaign he captured 46 strong cities plus many villages in Judah. He then set up his headquarters in Lachish, a well fortified city about 30 miles southwest of Jerusalem. Hezekiah did not want to fight Sennacherib, whose armies had been consistently successful so he quickly admitted his guilt in breaking with Assyria and offered whatever Sennacherib asked.
Just as Hezekiah placed his faith in God’s strength rather than his own and he obeyed God’s commands in spite of the obstacles and dangers I need to do the same today.
Warning: MagpieRSS: Failed to parse RSS file. (EntityRef: expecting ';' at line 49, column 103) in /var/www/html/familytimes/includes/magpie6-1/rss_fetch.inc on line 230
Warning: array_slice() expects parameter 1 to be array, null given in /var/www/html/familytimes/includes/rss/esvLookup.php on line 15
View this passage in NIV (Bible Gateway) »
II Kings 15:1-22Azariah’s Good Reign in Judah
II Kings 15:23-38Jotham’s Good Reign in Judah
II Kings 16:1-20Ahaz’s Evil Reign in Judah
II Kings 17:1-23Israel Carried Captive to Assyria
II Kings 17:24-41Results of The Captivity
II Kings 18:1-16Hezekiah Reigns in Judah
II Kings 18:17-37Sennacherib Boasts Against The Lord
II Kings 19:1-19Sennacherib’s Threat And Hezekiah’s Prayer
II Kings 19:20-37The Lord’s Answer to Hezekiah’s Prayer
II Kings 20:1-11Hezekiah’s Life Extended
II Kings 20:12-21Hezekiah’s Visitors And Death
II Kings 21:1-26Manassah And Amon’s Reign