God Restores Hezekiah
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Hezekiah and the people of Judah have been committed to
the one true God and God has prospered them much.
II Chronicles 32
:22 Thus the LORD saved Hezekiah
and the inhabitants of Jerusalem
from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria,
and from the hand of all other,
and guided them on every side.
:23 And many brought gifts unto the LORD
and presents to Hezekiah king of Judah:
so that he was magnified in the sight of all nations from
The next event recorded in God's Word is Hezekiah's
sickness. He would have died had God not saved him and given him 15 more years
to live. This is covered in II Kings 20:1-11, II Chronicles 32:24-26 and Isaiah
38. Each record tells part of the event. We will see the whole picture by
examining all three records. II Kings gives us the record as it happened, II
Chronicles gives us a glimpse of why he got in this predicament and Isaiah tells
us what Hezekiah wrote during his sickness.
One more thing we need to know before we
exam this is, Hezekiah had not had an heir to the throne yet. One reason why he
was so distraught about dieing was that his seed would not be passed on. II
Kings 20 tells us that his son Manasseh, his son, reigned after him and he was
only 12 years old when he began. Even after Hezekiah was recovered it took at
least two years for his wife Hephzibah to become pregnant. Also, he is not very
old, He was only 39* when he fell so gravely ill (possibly from
II Kings 20
:1 In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death.
And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and
said unto him,
Thus saith the LORD,
Set thine house in order;
for thou shalt die, and not live.
:2 Then he turned his face to the wall,
and prayed unto the LORD,
:3 I beseech thee, O LORD,
remember now how I have walked
before thee in truth
and with a
done that which is good in thy sight.
And Hezekiah wept sore.
:4 And it came to pass,
afore Isaiah was gone out into the
that the word of the LORD
came to him, saying,
:5 Turn again,
and tell Hezekiah the captain of my
the God of David thy father,
heard thy prayer,
I have seen
will heal thee:
third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.
:6 And I will add unto thy
days fifteen years;
and I will
and this city
out of the
hand of the king of Assyria;
and I will
defend this city for mine own sake,
and for my
servant David's sake.
:7 And Isaiah said,
Take a lump of figs.
And they took and laid it on the boil,
and he recovered.
:8 And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah,
What shall be the sign that
the LORD will heal me,
and that I shall go up into the
house of the LORD the third day?
:9 And Isaiah said,
This sign shalt thou have of the LORD,
that the LORD
will do the thing that he hath spoken:
shall the shadow go forward ten
or go back ten degrees?
:10 And Hezekiah answered,
It is a light thing for the shadow
to go down ten degrees:
nay, but let the shadow return
backward ten degrees.
:11 And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the LORD:
and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward,
by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz.
God has heard Hezekiah and spared him but my question is:
why was he in this position? II Chronicles gives us a clue.
II Chronicles 32
:24 In those days Hezekiah was sick to the death,
and prayed unto the LORD:
and he spake unto him,
and he gave him a sign.
:25 But Hezekiah rendered not again [did not return unto God
i.e. praise or tithe]
according to the benefit done
for his heart was lifted up:
therefore there was wrath upon him,
and upon Judah
:26 Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart,
both he and the
inhabitants of Jerusalem,
so that the wrath of the LORD
came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.
After Hezekiah had become so wealthy he had trouble
staying thankful to God for all he had. He became prideful in what he
had. God stayed the hand of the adversary from his life and Judah because they
humbled themselves before God. They realized their error and repented. His
transgression is also mentioned in Isaiah in Hezekiah's writings.
:9 The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick,
and was recovered of his sickness:
:10 I said in the cutting off of my days,
I shall go to the gates of the
I am deprived of the residue of my
:11 I said, I shall not see the LORD,
in the land of the living:
I shall behold man no more with the
inhabitants of the world.
:12 Mine age is departed, and is removed from me as a shepherd's
I have cut off like a weaver my
he will cut me off with pining
from day even
to night wilt thou make an end of me.
:13 I reckoned till morning,
that, as a lion, so will he
break all my bones:
from day even to night wilt
thou make an end of me.
:14 Like a crane or a swallow,
so did I
I did mourn as a dove:
mine eyes fail with looking
I am oppressed; undertake for me. [take on a pledge for me, act
:15 What shall I say?
he hath both spoken unto me,
and himself hath done it:
I shall go softly all my years in
the bitterness of my soul.
:16 O Lord, by these things men live,
and in all these things is
the life of my spirit:
so wilt thou recover me,
and make me to live.
:17 Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: [mar marar -
was bitterly bitter]
but thou hast
in love to
delivered it from the
pit of corruption:
hast cast all my sins behind thy back.
:18 For the grave cannot praise thee,
death can not celebrate
they that go down into the pit
cannot hope for thy truth.
:19 The living,
he shall praise thee,
as I do
the father to the children shall
make known thy truth.
Hezekiah laments his pending death at such a young age,
his years stolen from him. He recognizes that because he had become bitter in
his time of health and prosperity he lay dieing. Yet, in what contrast, God
delivers him from death and covers Hezekiah's sins. Then, what a wonderful
statement, the grave cannot praise God, death cannot celebrate God. When we are
in the grave we cannot praise God, when we are dead how can we celebrate His
greatness? Those that have died can no longer learn of the truths of God's Word.
It is the living, the living shall praise God and it is the fathers that shall
make known the truth to his children.
God teaches us of Hezekiah's pride and bitterness of heart
so that we may learn from it. We must always remain thankful and humble before
God. When we are prosperous and/or exalted we must recognize the source always.
Don't let the treasures we have on earth outweigh the treasures laid up in
heaven. Remaining thankful to God and doing His will allows us to walk in
alignment and harmony with our heavenly father.
Hezekiah's pride in the riches God had prospered him with
was eventually his downfall. The king of Babylon sent letters and presents to
Hezekiah after he heard that he was recovered (II Kings 20:12-21 and Isaiah
39:1-8). Hezekiah listened to him and showed him all of the treasures in his
storehouses: the silver, the gold, the spices and precious ointments, the armour; he showed the king of Babylon everything. Isaiah confronts him and tells
him the word of the Lord; that all his house will be carried away unto Babylon
and his sons will be eunuchs in the palace of Babylon. Hezekiah recognizes his
error and agrees. He knows his fault. Hezekiah dies at the age of 54.
A Psalm of Degrees written by Hezekiah.
:1 Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD;
that walketh in his ways.
:2 For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands:
happy shalt thou be,
and it shall be well with thee.
:3 Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house:
thy children like olive plants round about thy table.**
:4 Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.
:5 The LORD shall bless thee out
and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of
:6 Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children,
and peace upon Israel.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom;
and admonishing one another in psalms
and spiritual songs,
singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
:17 And whatsoever ye do in word
do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
* Hezekiah was 25 when he began to reign and he reigned 29 years
(II Kings 18:1, 2). God gave him 15 more years to live after his sickness. His
total reign, 29 less the 15 years is 14. He was 14 years into his reign. His age
when he began was 25 plus the 14 years makes him 39 years of age.
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** Young olive trees sprout up around the old ones and blend
into it's trunk strengthening it. The whole tree grows large and bears fruit for
a long time.
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