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Isaiah 38Names of God Bible (NOG)

Hezekiah’s Illness

38 In those days Hezekiah became sick and was about to die. The prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz, came to him and said, “This is what Yahweh says: Give final instructions to your household, because you’re about to die. You won’t get well.”

Hezekiah turned to the wall and prayed to Yahweh“Please, Yahweh, remember how I’ve lived faithfully and sincerely in your presence. I’ve done what you consider right.” And he cried bitterly.

Then Yahweh spoke his word to Isaiah, “Go and say to Hezekiah, ‘This is what Yahweh Elohim of your ancestor David says: I’ve heard your prayer. I’ve seen your tears. I’m going to give you 15 more years to live. I’ll rescue you and defend this city from the control of the king of Assyria.’”

21 [a] Then Isaiah said, “Take a fig cake, and place it over the boil so that the king will get well.”

22 Hezekiah asked, “What is the sign that I’ll go to Yahweh’s temple?”

Isaiah said, “This is your sign from Yahweh that he will do what he promises. The sun made a shadow that went down the stairway of Ahaz’s upper palace. I’m going to make the shadow go back ten steps.” So the sun on the stairway went back up the ten steps it had gone down.

King Hezekiah of Judah wrote this after he was sick and became well again:

10 I thought that in the prime of my life
    I would go down to the gates of Sheol
        and be robbed of the rest of my life.
11 I thought that I wouldn’t see Yah in this world.
    Even with all the people in the world,
    I thought I would never see another person.
12 My life was over.
    You rolled it up like a shepherd’s tent.
    You rolled up my life like a weaver.
    You cut me off from the loom.
        You ended my life in one day.
13 I cried out until morning
    as if a lion had crushed all my bones.
        You ended my life in one day.
14 I chirped like swallows and cranes.
    I cooed like doves.
    My eyes were tired from looking up to heaven.
    I’ve suffered miserably, O Adonay!
        Please help me!

15 What can I say now that he has spoken to me?
    He has done this.
    I will be careful the rest of my life because of my bitter experience.[b]
16 Adonay, people live in spite of such things,
    and I have the will to live in spite of them.
        You give me health and keep me alive.
17 Now my bitter experience turns into peace.
    You have saved me and kept me from the rotting pit.
        You have thrown all my sins behind you.
18 Sheol doesn’t thank you!
    Death doesn’t praise you!
    Those who go down to the pit cannot expect you to be faithful.
19 Those who are living praise you as I do today.
    Fathers make your faithfulness known to their children.
20 Yahweh is going to rescue me,
    so let us play stringed instruments.
        We live our lives in Yahweh’s temple.

- King Hezekiah was unanimous favored, royal achieved,
extremely wealthy, superabundantly rich, and very established. He designed
outstanding treasury buildings for his platinum silver, gold, valuable stones,
seasonings, for his swords, shields and other important items. He also designed
many stores for his bread, precious new wine, olive oil; and he designed many
stables for all his animals. He designed multiple cities, with everything he wanted,
and desired in them, because God blessed him, and given him a great fortune(2 Chronicles 32:27-29 PKDB)

Hezekiah

His name means: "Yahweh Has Strengthened"

His work: He became coregent of Judah with his father, Ahaz, in 729 BC, six years before the fall of Samaria to the Assyrians. He reigned on his own for twenty-nine years, during which time he reopened the temple and restored Jerusalem as the center of worship, destroying the pagan altars and high places his father had built.
His character: Hezekiah is one of only four kings that the Bible compares favorably with King David, saying, "Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah…. He held fast to the LORD and did not cease to follow him; he kept the commands the LORD had given Moses. And the LORD was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook."
His sorrow: That Judah and Israel had fallen away from the Lord, worshiping the gods of the nations around them.
His triumph: Hezekiah reformed the religious practices of Judah and with the Lord's help withstood the Assyrian invaders.
Key Scriptures: 2 Kings 18-192 Chronicles 28:19-2529:1-10

A Look at the Man

Hezekiah's character stands in sharp contrast to the character of the other two kings who appear in the story. His father, Ahaz, trusted not in the God of Israel, but in the gods of other nations, particularly Assyria, believing them to be the source of its great power. By currying favor with idols, he must have hoped to increase his own power. But the reverse happened, and Judah grew weaker, not stronger.

Sennacherib was like him, trusting the power of his empire and then attempting to undermine Judah's trust in God. Three times his spokesman advised the people, "Don't trust Hezekiah when he tells you your god will save you. It's a fantasy! Your god is no different than the gods of all the other nations, none of whom have been able to resist us." Then, to entice them further, he promised to take them to a land of ease, a place with olive trees and honey, admonishing them to "choose life and not death."

It's no accident that Sennacherib's words directly contradict the counsel of Moses just before the Israelites entered the Promised Land, a land filled with milk and honey. At the end of his ministry, Moses warned them: "This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob" (Deuteronomy 30:19-20).

By attempting to persuade the people of Judah that everything good in life comes from trusting in the power of human beings, Sennacherib urged them toward the path of least resistance. Fortunately for Judah, Hezekiah recognized the lie and continued to trust in the Lord, thus inviting God's help and assuring Judah's survival.

Though the details of our stories differ vastly from the story of this ancient king, the principles are identical. We are still assailed by voices assuring us that the good life consists of amassing wealth, accumulating personal power, achieving success, and forging the kind of relationships we desire. But to mistake earthly blessings for the life that only God can give is to place our future in jeopardy. The choice is ours to make—today, tomorrow, and the day after that. The joy we seek lies in loving the Lord our God, listening to his voice, and holding fast to him.

Reflect On: 2 Kings 19:15–28
Praise God: Because he is the Lord of heaven and earth.
Offer Thanks: That no human being can ever overrule his sovereign power.
Confess: Any unbelief that makes you doubt God’s willingness to exercise his power on your behalf.
Ask God: To give you a greater desire to live for his glory and his glory alone.

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Hezekiah prayed for the glory of the Lord and the vindication of His ways. We as believers should be so identified with God that our main concern is to uphold His reputation and honor (John 17:4-6). When trouble and circumstances come in our way we must go as Hezekiah did to God, we must draw near to Him. Awesome reading. 

amen yes thank you for giving us a opening ear to hear you ourselves and teaching us your word so we can know the difference of  false teaching a mile away. amen.  help me to be faithful to you and connected with you just like Hezekiah staying with you no matter what being told LORD I choose to stick with you amen.

I really love Hezekiah's story powerful

Syllabus Notes:

Hezekiah’s Illness

38 In those days Hezekiah became sick and was about to die. The prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz, came to him and said, “This is what Yahweh says: Give final instructions to your household, because you’re about to die. You won’t get well.”

2 Hezekiah turned to the wall and prayed to Yahweh. 3 “Please, Yahweh, remember how I’ve lived faithfully and sincerely in your presence. I’ve done what you consider right.” And he cried bitterly.

 

22 Hezekiah asked, “What is the sign that I’ll go to Yahweh’s temple?”

7 Isaiah said, “This is your sign from Yahweh that he will do what he promises.

 

19 Those who are living praise you as I do today.

    Fathers make your faithfulness known to their children.

20 Yahweh is going to rescue me,

    so let us play stringed instruments.

        We live our lives in Yahweh’s temple.

- King Hezekiah was unanimous favored, royal achieved,

extremely wealthy, superabundantly rich, and very established. He designed

outstanding treasury buildings for his platinum silver, gold, valuable stones,

seasonings, for his swords, shields and other important items. He also designed

many stores for his bread, precious new wine, olive oil; and he designed many

stables for all his animals. He designed multiple cities, with everything he wanted,

and desired in them, because God blessed him, and given him a great fortune(2 Chronicles 32:27-29 PKDB)

His character: Hezekiah is one of only four kings that the Bible compares favorably with King David, saying, "Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah…. He held fast to the LORD and did not cease to follow him; he kept the commands the LORD had given Moses. And the LORD was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook."

His sorrow: That Judah and Israel had fallen away from the Lord, worshiping the gods of the nations around them.

His triumph: Hezekiah reformed the religious practices of Judah and with the Lord's help withstood the Assyrian invaders.

Key Scriptures: 2 Kings 18-19; 2 Chronicles 28:19-25; 29:1-10

 

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