May 30th

It’s All About Timing – Part II

Good Day!

II Kings 20:6 (AMP)
I will add to your life fifteen years and deliver you and this city [Jerusalem] out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.

What else was going on during this time that the Lord would assure Hezekiah that he would have victory over the Assyrians? Hezekiah fought long and hard to get his nation to the place they were currently in. He felt that there wasn’t enough stability and if he died, he was worried how the nation would survive. He felt he still had more work to do and believed this wasn’t a good time to die! Two very important parts of his life and kingdom was at stake.

  1. His future legacy
  2. The nations stability

Isaiah began the process of healing King Hezekiah by putting cakes of figs on the burning inflammation. Isaiah gave Hezekiah a sign of what God had promised and it was fulfilled.

This was the turning point for Hezekiah; success or destruction?

Soon after, other kingdoms heard of Hezekiah’s healing, the King of Babylon sent his messengers to visit him and confirm the miracle. Hezekiah must have been overwhelmed by the visit that he decided to show these messengers all his richly possessions that the Lord had blessed him with; spices, precious things, silver, gold, precious ointment, armor, jewels, and all that was in his treasuries.

Isaiah 39:2 (AMP)
…There was nothing in his house nor in all his dominion that Hezekiah did not show them.

The Prophet Isaiah approached Hezekiah and asked him what did he just do? Hezekiah told him and Isaiah prophesied.

Isaiah 39:5-8 (AMP)
5Then said Isaiah to Hezekiah, Hear the word of the Lord of hosts: 6Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and that which your predecessors have stored up till this day, shall be carried to Babylon . Nothing shall be left, says the Lord. 7And some of your own sons who are born to you shall be taken away, and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon . 8Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, The word of the Lord which you have spoken is good. And he added, For there will be peace and faithfulness [to His promises to us] in my days.

King Hezekiah became proud and selfish (II Chronicles 32:25). He was showing off his riches and because proudness had contaminated his heart, he forgot where his healing, riches, and stability came from. He didn’t do all this on his own. The Lord was ready to please Hezekiah because he had been such a good king. God loves to please and grant us the desires of our hearts but our hearts have to stay humble and true to God. If we don’t comply to that, then we are sure to be destroyed by our own ways.

Hezekiah died in his 50s to natural causes. His son, Manasseh, at the age of twelve, began his reign succeeding his father.

Ten tragic results have been outlined that would have been prevented if King Hezekiah accepted the Word from the Lord to die fifteen years earlier.

  1. All the riches and possessions that Hezekiah had would be lost to Babylon. (II Kings 20:17)
  2. His sons will be taken away and would be eunuchs in the palace of Babylon’s king (II Kings 20:18)
  3. His son Manasseh reigned wickedly in Jerusalem (II Kings 21:1-2)
  4. Manasseh built up the high places again, built up altars for Baal, and made an Asherah, and worshipped them (II Kings 21:3)
  5. Manasseh built heathen altars in the house of the Lord (II Kings 21:4)
  6. Manasseh built altars in the two courts of the house of the Lord (II Kings 21:5)
  7. Manasseh sacrificed his son and practiced witchcraft (II Kings 21:6)
  8. Manasseh seduced the people to do more evil than the nations the Lord destroyed before the Israelites (II Kings 21:9-13)
  9. God’s inheritance was removed and the people were delivered to their enemies (II Kings 21:14-15)
  10. Manasseh shed very much innocent blood (II Kings 21:16)

The Lord warned Manasseh and the people of what was forthcoming but they didn’t hearken to His Words. This resulted in his captivity to Babylon.

II Chronicles 33:11 (AMP)
So the Lord brought against them the commanders of the host of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh with hooks and in fetters and brought him to Babylon.

Manasseh was treated cruelly during his captivity and it was during this time that he cried out to the Lord and repented. The Lord heard his cry and supplication; His mercy so great that He allowed Manasseh to return to Jerusalem and resume his position as King of Judah.

II Chronicles 33:14-20 gives further detail of his works when he returned.

II Romans 8:28 (AMP)
We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose

Blessings!

Heart

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