What I see in these verses is that Hezekiah the king of Judah was not only a worshipper but he led the nation in public worship.  We might safely call him a revivalist.  It seemed like in Israel, the good kings had a tendency to make the nation great and ungodly kings would make the people go astray.

I want to go forward historically to Isaiah 36-39 where Judah was overrun by the king of Assyria.  Hezekiah’s trust in God did not diminish.  He got a letter from the Assyrian king saying, “Where is your God who you think can deliver you?”  Hezekiah went into the temple and spread the letter out before God.  God took care of this and the king of Assyria was murdered.

After this Hezekiah was sick and told he would die. After earnest prayer God gave him fifteen more years. In those years he had a son Manasseh who was the worst king in Judah’s history.  He also was given a prophecy by Isaiah the prophet that the Babylon king would come and take everything away.

This tells me that I can be blessed by the Lord and protected because of my faith, but can fall into pride because of my position.  All can be taken away, but because of my faith in Christ I will not lose my place in Heaven.  Pride is a devastating thing.




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