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November 16, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Kings 20 (ESV)

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.....Continue Reading

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  1. His story of illness and recovery shows Gods mercy
    The following story of Babylon s envoys shows Gods judgement – yet Does Hezekiah really only think about self in the here and now and not care about the future offspring or is he resolved Gods will can not be changed or does he simply accept the consequences

  2. It appears that Hezekiah missed a great sharing opportunity to share what His Lord had done by healing him… instead…

    12At 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. 13And 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.

  3. These events were also shared in the book of Isaiah showing the historical significance of Isaiah to some of the kings of Judah. What a gracious healing Hezekiah receives and yet one wonders whether it was for the best. And it really is neat that God moves the shadow back 10 steps. This effectively shows God’s control of the sun and of time itself. I wonder how much time ten steps of shadow takes?

    We learn several lessons from Hezekiah’s handling of the Babylonian envoys. First is how important discernment and discretion is for leadership. If the prophet realized how wrong it was for Hezekiah to show them his wealth, why didn’t Hezekiah realize it? Was he not listening to God? It might be due to the second lesson and that is how dangerous pride is to anyone, but especially leaders. We don’t know explicitly that he was prideful, but we can infer from the text that his pride in his wealth blinded him to the danger in showing it off. And the third lesson is how selfish it is to be concerned only for how his life would be effected by his actions. Once again selfishness is something to be avoided by everyone, but particularly leaders. Too many kings throughout history have thought only about their own gain and comfort. But God’s king should have been different. He should have been moved as much by this message as he was by the message he got at the beginning of the chapter that he was going to die. We are to think of others above ourselves…amen!

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