Hezekiah’s Life Extended

How long has it been since you have wept over the souls of loved ones or friends who have never trusted Christ as their Savior and will be separated from God in Hell forever. I remember hearing evangelist John R. Rice tell about when he was in college and first began preaching. H … More

Tears

It is probable that the events of this chapter occurred right before or during the invasion of Jerusalem by Sennacherib. God sent Isaiah to announce to Hezekiah that he was gong to die and should arrange for the handling of his personal affairs (v. l). Hezekiah did not want to die before completing his moral reform and so he responded to this bad news by praying earnestly to the Lord. It says that Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord (v. 2). He asked Him to remember how he had walked faithfully with whole hearted devotion as His servant (v. 3) Then Hezekiah wept bitterly. The Lord not only heard his prayers but he saw his tears (v. 5). The king’s prayer brought a quick response and before Isaiah left the palace the Lord gave him a message for Hezekiah that he would be given 15 additional years to live (vv. 5-6). And Isaiah said, “Bring a cake of figs. And let them take and lay it on the boil, that he may recover” (v. 7).

Hezekiah requested a sign to confirm the spoken promise that he would be healed (v. 8). God gave him a choice of whether the shadow would go forward as it normally would, or backward (v. 9). He chose what he thought to be the most difficult and that was for the sun’s shadow to be moved backward 10 degrees (v. 10). At this point God did the seemingly impossible by making the shadow go backward (v. 11). This implies that the rotation of the earth was reversed at this point but God could have simply bent the shadow. Regardless of how He did it, this was a miracle.

Application

God responded to the tears of Hezekiah and I believe he will do the same for us today if they are for the right reason. Lord, give me a broken heart for the souls of men!

 

II Kings 20:1-11 (English Standard Version)

In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, "Thus says the LORD, 'Set your house in order, for you shall die; you shall not recover.'" Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, saying, "Now, O LORD, please remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight." And Hezekiah wept bitterly. And before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the LORD came to him: "Turn back, and say to Hezekiah the leader of my people, Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the LORD, and I will add fifteen years to your life. I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this city for my own sake and for my servant David's sake." And Isaiah said, "Bring a cake of figs. And let them take and lay it on the boil, that he may recover." And Hezekiah said to Isaiah, "What shall be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up to the house of the LORD on the third day?" And Isaiah said, "This shall be the sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that he has promised: shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or go back ten steps?" And Hezekiah answered, "It is an easy thing for the shadow to lengthen ten steps. Rather let the shadow go back ten steps." And Isaiah the prophet called to the LORD, and he brought the shadow back ten steps, by which it had gone down on the steps of Ahaz.

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