The Last Days of Hezekiah
Read: 2 Kings 18:1-8; 20:16-21
Text: 2 Ki 18:6 (KJV) For he clave to the LORD, and departed
not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the LORD
Theme: Hezekiah teaches us to trust and worship the Lord, rely
on prayer, and never let our guard down.
Hezekiah was the 12th king of Judah.
He was a very good king, as good as his father Ahaz had been bad.
We learn some great truths from him about how we should be, as
Like everybody else, though, Hezekiah also teaches us a thing or
two to avoid.
I. Hezekiah was a man with a past. (vss. 1-3)
(i.e. he had an interesting background)
QUESTION - Why is his background significant?
QUESTION - What was his father like? Why was his mother mentioned
in vs. 2? What can we learn from his background?
- A. A person can live for God despite his/her background.
- B. A person (e.g. parent) can influence somebody for God
despite powerful opposition.
II. Hezekiah was a man of worship
- A. He loved the house of God. (2 Chron. 29:3-5; 10-11)
- QUESTION - What was the condition of the house of God at
this time? (2 Chron. 29:17)
- B. He was faithful to the house of God.
- 1. In times of blessing.
Deu 6:10-12 (KJV) And it shall be, when the LORD thy God
shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto
thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give
thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not,
And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst
not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards
and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou
shalt have eaten and be full; Then beware lest thou
forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land
of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
(We often forget God when things are going well!)
ILLUS. Pastor to little boy, "Do you pray
everyday?" "Not every day. Sometimes I don't
need anything!" - Some of us are only faithful to
church when we need something!
- 2. In times of distress. (2 Kings 19:1;14)
- - You need God's people MORE when things are bad.
- You need God's word MORE...
- You need God's house MORE...
III. Hezekiah was a man of prayer.
- A. Prayer brought him public deliverance. (2 Chron.
32:19-21; 2 Kings 19:14-19; 35-36)
- (From Sennacherib)
- B. Prayer brought him personal healing. (2 Kings 20:1-6)
- 1. Prayer brings physical healing.
James 5:13-15 (KJV) Is any among you afflicted? let him
pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick
among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and
let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the
name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the
sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have
committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
- 2. Prayer brings emotional healing.
- ILLUS. Elijah under Juniper tree.
ILLUS. Spurgeon's comment about how he underwent such
terrible bouts of depression and melancholy that nobody
would believe it. How did he handle this? Perhaps his
quote, "You should pray when you're in a praying
mood..." gives some insight. He was a man of prayer.
- 3. Prayer brings spiritual healing.
- "If we confess our sins..." 1 John 1:9
IV. Hezekiah was characterized by trust for God.
2 Ki 18:6 (KJV) For he clave to the LORD, and departed not
from following him, but kept his commandments, which the LORD
V. AND YET... some of the best lessons come from his last
Discussion questions about several key events in Hezekiah's
- A. Hezekiah was promised deliverance from the disease
which was to kill him. Yet, in 2 Kings 20:8, he asked for
- QUESTION - Why would this individual, whose live was
characterized by trusting God, request a sign?
QUESTION - Do we ever stop questioning God?
QUESTION - Should a Christians faith and trust grow
stronger with age? Is there anything we can do to ensure
that it does?
- B. Hezekiah was healed miraculously, and given 15 more
years to live. Yet notice 2 Chron. 32:25!
- QUESTION - Did his healing increase his faith in God? His
pride in himself? WHY????
QUESTION - What can we learn from this that will protect
us from the same mindset?
- C. Hezekiah entertained the Babylonians, and showed them
around his house. It seemed like a harmless enough
situation. READ 2 Kings 20:12-18; NOTICE 2 Chron. 32:31!!
- QUESTION - Is there ever a time in our lives when we can
let out guard down... when God stops testing us?
QUESTION - As life progresses, does the testing of God
get easier? harder?
- D. God pronounced judgement on Hezekiah, because he
failed the test concerning the Babylonians. Notice
Hezekiah's response in 2 Kings 20:19.
- QUESTION - Is this a proper attitude?
QUESTON - Should we be concerned about how our actions
affect future generations? What do we learn from Hezekiah
- E. Hezekiah had a son. READ 2 Chron. 33:1-9. He was
- QUESTION - What do we learn about Hezekiah, and his son,
by comparing 2 Chron. 33:1; 2 Kings 20:6? (Mannaseh was
born during the 15 year grace period of Hezekiah's life!)
QUESTION - Is the poor job Hezekiah seems to have done
with Manasseh in any way related to 2 Chron. 32:25? NOTE
- No matter how faithful Hezekiah was in his early days,
Manasseh only saw his latter days, and that is all that
VI. Some Thoughts to Sum Up Hezekiah's Life
- A. Nobody is perfect.
- 1. When we apply this thought to ourselves, it should
translate into diligence.
2. When we apply this thought to others, it should
translate into understanding, kindness, forgiveness.
Gal 6:1 (KJV) Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault,
ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit
of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be
QUOTE "Be lenient with the fallen. You see a brother
fall and say, 'I never could have done that!' Perhaps
not, because your temptation does not happen to be in
that direction. But you have done things in the course of
your life that these fallen men would never have done
because their temptation was not in that direction."
T. Dewitt Talmage
- B. You can never pray too much or go to church too much.
- (For all his attendance and prayer, Hezekiah still had
some things to get straight with God.)
1 Cor 10:12 (KJV) Wherefore let him that thinketh he
standeth take heed lest he fall.
Phil 3:13-14 (KJV) Brethren, I count not myself to have
apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those
things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those
things which are before, I press toward the mark for the
prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
- D. You must never let your guard down.
- ILLUS. During WWII, when Pearl Harbor was attacked,
several statements instantly became a part of the
American culture. One of these statements is
"Remember Pearl Harbor." Another is
"Vigilance is ever the price of freedom." We
learned from Pearl Harbor to NEVER LET DOWN OUR GUARD!
May God help us to learn from Hezekiah, who "did that which
was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David
his father had done. For he clave to the LORD, and departed not
from following him, but kept his commandments, which the LORD
commanded Moses. (2 Chron. 29:2, 2 Kings 18:6)
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