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Lessons from the life of King Hezekiah

Hezekiah was king of Judah during the time of Isaiah.  He made a lot of reforms including destroying the idol worship that had been so prevalent in his country.  In his fourteenth year, he decided to stop paying tribute, money in exchange for peace, to the Assyrians.  The Assyrians went to war.  They defeated at least 4 countries on their way to Jerusalem.  



The Assyrian army took position near the aqueduct, the place where the water flowed into Jerusalem.  Their chief of staff met with Judah’s secretary of state and other officials.  The Assyrians asked, “Who are you relying on that you would rebel against Assyria?  Are you counting on Egypt?  If you are counting on Egypt, it will be like a reed that splinters beneath your waist and pierces your hand.  Egypt is completely unreliable.”  The men from Assyria also said that the Lord God had directed them to invade Judah.  Judah’s officials asked them to speak in Aramaic, for the people of Jerusalem knew Hebrew.  The Assyrians refused because they wanted all of people to hear their message.



The Assyrians continued to insult Judah.  They said that king Sennacherib would give Judah 2,000 horses, if they just showed that they had enough men to ride them.  The Assyrians told the men of Jerusalem not to rely on their God for the other nations’ gods failed to protect them from Assyria.  



King Hezekiah’s officials told him all that they had said and the king tore his clothes and headed for the temple.  Hezekiah’s prayer is found in Isaiah 37:14-20.  Through the prophet Isaiah, God told Hezekiah not to worry that He would take care of it and take out King Sennacherib.  That night, the angel of the Lord slaughtered 185,000 Assyrian soldiers.  King Sennacherib heard that the king of Ethiopia was going to attack his country so he returned to Assyria.  One day while he was worshipping his false god, Sennacherib was assassinated by two of his sons.



When tough times came, Hezekiah sought God and God delivered big time.



Later on in Hezekiah’s life, he got very ill.  The prophet Isaiah spoke a word from God that he should get his affairs in order because he was going to die.  Hezekiah sought God once again.  God granted his request and said that Hezekiah would live another 15 years.



So whether it is a challenge for our church or a personal challenge, your solution will be found in seeking God.  He will come through for you.


2 Responses to “Lessons from the life of King Hezekiah”

  1. Amen brother! God will always come through when we seek Him and call out to Him. Once we totally turn everything over to God, He will do amazing things, because He loves us and we love Him. Read Psalm 107. God shows us time and time again how He responds when we cry out to Him. So, let’s honor and please our God by praising His holy name and giving thanks to Him.

  2. From this study, one will notice that God can change his mind due to our requests or prayers, but he cannot change his nature.

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