May 27, 2024

Thomas McNeilly

Jesus Christ is King

2 Kings Chapter 20 and John 14:27
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2 Kings Chapter 20 When Hezekiah grows sick and near death, Isaiah comes to him and tells him that God says it’s his time to die. Hezekiah weeps and prays to God, asking him to remember Hezekiah’s service and faithfulness. God sends a message to Isaiah, saying that he’ll add fifteen years onto Hezekiah’s life. He will also keep him and the city out of the hands of the Assyrians, due to God’s love for David and David’s descendants. On the third day, says God, Hezekiah will recover and go to the Temple. Isaiah tells servants to apply figs to the infectious boil Hezekiah is suffering from, as well. Hezekiah asks Isaiah what the sign will be that God is going to heal him. Isaiah asks if it’s normal for the shadow on the sun-dial to move back ten intervals instead of moving forward. Hezekiah says (rightly) it isn’t. Isaiah cries out to God and God moves back the shadow on the sun-dial by ten intervals. Hey, Not My Problem After Hezekiah has recovered, King Merodoch-baladan (say that three times fast) of Babylon sends envoys to Israel. Hezekiah impresses these envoys, showing them all the wealth and spices and other signs of prosperity in his palace and in his realm. Isaiah asks Hezekiah who these men are and where they’re from. Hezekiah explains that they’re from Babylon and he just showed them all of his riches and splendor. Isaiah says that, after Hezekiah’s death, all of these riches will be captured and taken to Babylon. Some of Hezekiah’s descendants will even be taken as eunuchs to Babylon’s court. Hezekiah says he thinks this is actually fine, if God intends it, since he’ll personally be dead by then. Hezekiah did many things the narrator says he isn’t going to talk about, like building a canal to bring water into the city. When he dies, his son Manasseh succeeds him. John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.