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   Hezekiah was the best kingJudahever had.  In II Kings 18:5 we see God’s evaluation of him where we read: “He trusted in the LORD GOD of Israel so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him”.  This is the more remarkable as his father was one ofJudah’s most wicked kings.  This might be explained in II Chronicles 29:1 where we see that his mother was the daughter (or descendant) of Zechariah.  Zechariah, a prophet, was put to death for speaking up against the sins of King Joash.  Also, in II Chronicles 31:21 we read that “in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart”.

            Hezekiah reigned overJudahfor twenty-nine years.  But in the fourteenth of his reign the prophet Isaiah came and told him to set his house in order for he was going to die.  Hezekiah weeps and prays that God will spare his life.  He reminds God of all the good he has done, serving and obeying God with all his heart.  God answers the prayer of Hezekiah and grants him fifteen more years.

            Although Hezekiah’s prayer was answered it does leave the question: should he have accepted the will of God?  God gave him fifteen more years to live but his son Manasseh was only twelve years old when Hezekiah died so he was born after this.  We know that Hezekiah had older sons.  A king of Israel could not die unless he had a son to take the throne after him and Hezekiah makes no mention of this when he prayed that God would extend his life.  It seems that Hezekiah lost his discernment after he was told that he was to die.  Apparently, God looking into the future foresaw what would go wrong in Hezekiah’s life and wished to spare him.  Does II John 8 fit in here?: “Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward”.

            There is really nothing good said of Hezekiah after God wanted to remove him.

II Kings 20:8 seems to be an indication when he asks for a sign that God would quickly heal him.  Was this a lack of faith? In Isaiah 39 he shows the servants of the king o fBabylonall his wealth.  In the same chapter Hezekiah shows his unconcern for his children who live after his death.  Again perhaps the worst thing he ever did was to choose the wicked Manasseh to be king after him.

In II Kings18:5 we see that there was no king like him before or after.  The same thing is said of his great grandson, Josiah in II Kings 23:25.  Did Hezekiah lose the title? 

There are different reasons why God removes good people.  In the case of Josiah, he was killed in battle so that he would be spared the judgments that were coming onJudah, because of Manasseh’s sins (again going back to Hezekiah).  At any rate, God sees the future and we do not.                         

 

 

 

 

 

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Written by biblestruth

September 11, 2011 at 12:15 am

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