Hezekiah’s Visitors And Death

We brought our newborn son, Adam, to the pediatrician for his first check-up. As he finished, the doctor told us, “You have a very cute baby.” Smiling, and with pride I said, “I’ll bet you say that to all new parents.” “No,” he replied. “just … More

Pride

In Hezekiah’s pursuit of an anti-Assyrian policy he made alliances with both Egypt and Babylon.  When he was sick (possibly with boils) the king of Babylon sent him presents as well as letters wishing for his recovery (v. 12). Attempting to show gracious hospitality to the messengers he showed them all the treasures of his kingdom (v. 13). When Isaiah heard about this he asked the king what these Babylonians had seen in his house (vv. 14-15). When the king told him Isaiah delivered God’s message that someday the Babylonians would come and take all of it including some of his sons (vv. 16-18). We have been learning about the greatness of Hezekiah, but in his greatness came weakness as he became lifted up with pride and revealed to his future enemy all that he possessed (vv. 19-20). When Hezekiah died, his son Manasseth became the next king (v. 21).

Four simple points can be found in this text:

1. Remember where we were. Before we were saved by God’s grace, we were sinners, without strength, and  without hope. Let us never give to anyone the      impression we were saved by our own strength or good  works. Hezekiah should have said “all glory belongs to    God.”

2. Remember whose we are. Hezekiah should have told his visitors, “This is not mine, all that I have belongs to God.

3. Remember where we are going. Hezekiah should have said “This is nice, but it is nothing compared to the glory that shall be revealed. In Heaven they pave the streets with gold!”

4. Remember where we could have been. Although  Hezekiah was a great king, he could have been even greater. We are either going to say, I’m so glad I did,” or “I wish that I had....”

Application

I have no reason to be proud because everything I am, have, or hope to be belongs to Him.

 

II Kings 20:12-21 (English Standard Version)

At that time Merodach-baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent envoys with letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that Hezekiah had been sick. And Hezekiah welcomed them, and he showed them all his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his armory, all that was found in his storehouses. There was nothing in his house or in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them. Then Isaiah the prophet came to King Hezekiah, and said to him, "What did these men say? And from where did they come to you?" And Hezekiah said, "They have come from a far country, from Babylon." He said, "What have they seen in your house?" And Hezekiah answered, "They have seen all that is in my house; there is nothing in my storehouses that I did not show them." Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, "Hear the word of the LORD: Behold, the days are coming, when all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have stored up till this day, shall be carried to Babylon. Nothing shall be left, says the LORD. And some of your own sons, who shall be born to you, shall be taken away, and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon." Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, "The word of the LORD that you have spoken is good." For he thought, "Why not, if there will be peace and security in my days?" 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? And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and Manasseh his son reigned in his place.

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