Who was king Hezekiah?

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Hezekiah was a faithful king of Judah that did what was right in the sight of the Lord for most of his life, following the example of king David (2 kings 18). Although Hezekiah, was the son of wicked King Ahaz, he walked with God. He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem (2 Kings 18:2).

Hezekiah did major cleansing to the land by removing all the high places of pagan worship, breaking the sacred pillars, cutting down the wooden image, and breaking the bronze serpent that Moses had made (Numbers 21:9) because the people made it an idol (v. 4). He also opened the temple gate that His father has shut and restarted the temple’s service and the annual feasts (2 Chronicles 29:5; 2 Chronicles 30:1).

In all these reforms, Hezekiah trusted in the Lord God of Israel and did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments. For this reason, the Lord was pleased with him and he prospered wherever he went (2 kings 18:5-7)

But in the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib king of Assyria who conquered the surrounding nations and the northern kingdom, invaded Judah, and marched towards Jerusalem (2 kings 18:13). And the Assyrians leaders boldly mocked and defied God and threatened king Hezekiah  (2 Kings 18:28–35; 19:10–12).

So, Hezekiah sent a message for help to the prophet Isaiah (2 Kings 19:2). And he went to the temple and prayed saying, “Now, Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone, Lord, are God” (2 Kings 19:19). The Lord answered his prayer and sent the prophet Isaiah saying, “Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the king of Assyria: ‘he shall not come into this city… ‘For I will defend this city, to save it. For My own sake and for My servant David’s sake’”  (2 Kings 19:32–34). “That night the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand soldiers in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies!” (2 Kings 19:35). And “the Lord saved Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem” (2 Chronicles 32:22).

Towards the end of Hezekiah’s life, he became sick and the lord sent him a message by Isaiah the prophet to put his house in order and get ready to die (2 Kings 20:1). But Hezekiah prayed earnestly for healing. The Lord answered his prayer and granted him 15 more years to live (2 Kings 20:5–7).  And when Hezekiah asked for a sign to God’s promise, the Lord gave him the miracle of turning the shadow on the sundial 10 degrees backwards. Instead of insisting on healing, Hezekiah should have asked for God’s will to be done. For during those 15 years, Hezeiah sinned against God.

The heavenly supernatural sign, caught the attention of the king of Assyria who heard that Hezekiah was sick and sent a convoy with a gift (2 kings 20:1). But king Hezekiah instead of giving glory to God for his healing and for the sign, he proudly showed the Babylonian convoy all his treasures (vs. 13).

So, the Lord sent Isaiah to rebuke the king for his pride and said, “Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and what your fathers have accumulated until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left, (vs. 17-18). And in about a century this prediction was fulfilled. The armies of Nebuchadnezzar carried off Judah’s treasures to Babylon (2 Kings 24, 25).

Hezekiah’s life, for most of it, was a faithful stand to the Lord illustrated in his work in reforming his kingdom from idolatry and sin (2 Kings 16:20—20:21; 2 Chronicles 28:27—32:33; Isaiah 36:1—39:8; Jeremiah 15:4; 26:18–19). And the Bible tells us “that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor who were before him” (2 kings 18:5).

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BibleAsk Team

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