King Hezekiah, a Lesson in Faith – Part II

Text: Isaiah 38:1-5 (KJV) II Kings 20:1-7(KJV);

In our text we are able to see two different accounts of Hezekiah’s second major challenge for our study.  Isaiah’s gives a short version of what happened when Hezekiah became ill. II Kings on the other hand gives a more detailed description of how God hears and answers prayer.  There are three lessons to be learned from these accounts:

  1. God hears his children when they pray to him in earnest.
  2. Do works justify our standing before God?
  3. Does God change his mind?

God hears his children when they pray to him in earnest.

Noteworthy is what Hezekiah’s immediate reaction to the news from Isaiah that he would die, he turned to God.  Hezekiah’s words were honest not pompous, but personal and very brief. He said, you know me,  I have tried my best to do your will.  So know this my sisters and brothers, we all have a personal relationship with our Saviour, and, whatever you face,  He always knows,  He always hears and He always cares.  When you are faced with overwhelming adversities whether it be physical, emotional or financial, turn immediately to Him, your Saviour.  In John 14:13-14(KJV) Jesus said  “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the father may be glorified in the Son.  If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it”

 Do works justify our standing before God

Yes.  Hezekiah was a workman for God; II Chronicles 29:3(KJV) records how he opened the doors of the house of the lord and repaired them;  directed the priests to sanctify themselves – vs. 12-18; he sent word out via letters to all of Israel and Judah to come celebrate the Passover – Chapter 30:1.  Even though Passover was one of the three feasts that deserved special emphasis (Exodus 23:14-17), it had not been celebrated for a long time. Hezekiah was dedicated to righting this wrong.

QUESTION:  Was it works that gained Gods favor in answering Hezekiah’s prayer or was it his faith.  Certainly, God was pleased with Hezekiah, II Kings 18:3 records –“And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his father did.”  So one might ask the question do works justify you before God.  The Apostle Paul answers this question with a resounding NO!  “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast”—Ephesians 2:8-9.  Hezekiah had a testimony but it was based on faith.  Each of us has a testimony that is personal to us.  It is good to have a testimony that reflects accomplishment but God is interested in what is in your heart that drives the work that you do—1 Samuel 16:7 (KJV)

Does God change his mind?

The dialogue that takes place in II Kings 20:1-6 is remarkable.  God gives the message to Isaiah to advise Hezekiah that he will die. Hezekiah prays for deliverance. Isaiah is stopped seemingly in mid-stride upon giving the message to Hezekiah, and hears God telling him to go back and tell Isaiah that He  heard his prayer and he will live 15 more years.   The question that immediately comes to mind is does God change his mind.  Yes and Know 1From all eternity God knew exactly what was going to happen and had planned to “change His mind” knowing  that Hezekiah would offer a prayer of faith. To us it might appear at that moment that God changed his mind after Hezekiah’s prayer, however He knew in advance that the prayer would come and what His response would be.  He knew the outcome but revealed it in stages; hence it appeared to our limited wisdom vs his Omniscience, that He changed His mind when in fact He didn’t.

It is fitting that I close this message with the hymn “God will take care of you” by Ci­vil­la D. Mar­tin,

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  1. Be not dismayed whate’er betide,
    God will take care of you;
    Beneath His wings of love abide,
    God will take care of you.Through days of toil when heart doth fail,
    • Refrain:
      God will take care of you,
      Through every day, o’er all the way;
      He will take care of you,
      God will take care of you.
  2. God will take care of you;
    When dangers fierce your path assail,
    God will take care of you.
  3. All you may need He will provide,
    God will take care of you;
    Nothing you ask will be denied,
    God will take care of you.
  4. No matter what may be the test,
    God will take care of you;
    Lean, weary one, upon His breast,
    God will take care of you.

Yours in Christ,

 

Dempsey Scott Harrison , Jr.

 

 

 

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