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
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....”
I have no reason to be proud because everything I am, have, or hope to be belongs to Him.
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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
II Kings 22:1-20Josiah’s Reformation
II Kings 23:1-20Josiah Restores True Worship
II Kings 23:21-37The Reign And Captivity of Jehoahaz