I was praying in the night about the border and thanking the Lord for His word. I told Him how much I enjoy hearing KJV Audio and that I was trying to decide what to listen to next. The word Hezekiah came before me. This is the story of Hezekiah.
After the wicked reign of Ahaz, his son Hezekiah had to clean house. Hezekiah’s mother was the daughter of Zechariah, so he took after her. God blessed Hezekiah with Isaiah to help him. The nails were taken off the temple doors and the doors were once again opened. Idols were smashed. His enthusiasm for God spread throughout Judah and Israel. God caused him to prosper.
There came a day the Assyrians marched against Jerusalem. The Assyrians had already conquered other nations and now they were after Jerusalem. They openly mocked God. Today they are called ISIS.
When Hezekiah was on his sick bed, Isaiah told him to prepare to die. Hezekiah prayed that God would remember the good he had done and he asked forgiveness for the things that were not pleasing in God’s eyes. He was given fifteen more years.
Babylonians heard of his sickness and sent him a gift so Hezekiah proudly but naively showed them all his silver and gold. Isaiah rebuked Hezekiah and prophesied that one day everything he had shown them would be taken to Babylon along with Hezekiah’s descendants.
Hezekiah had not believed God would protect them. He was told not to believe the prophets of his God. Hezekiah offered gold to the King of Assyria for protection out of fear, the root of unbelief. He was willing to give up things holy and sacred to God.
Sometimes it takes a tragic situation for us to see we have to believe in God and to let Him know we believe. Most of the people under Hezekiah never believed this could happen to them. Hezekiah was told not to believe what his God had told him to deceive him because Jerusalem would be delivered into the hands of the Assyrians.
The angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. That was before they ever reached the border. Pray for Israel and pray for America. God be with all those that are tired and hungry and do not mean harm.
2 Kings 16:20, 20:21,2 Chronicles 28:27, 32:33, Isaiah 36:1, 39:8