Jul. 5. Hezekiah’s Final Days

II Kin. 20:12-21; II Chron. 32:25-33; Is. 39:1-8

“What have they seen in your house?” Hezekiah had been promised an extension of fifteen years to his life. That pleased him greatly. What would we do if while on our deathbed, God would promise us an additional fifteen years? The king continued to serve God, but as his ancestors before him and those of us who have followed him, he made an unfortunate blunder.

Having heard that Hezekiah had been sick, the son of Babylon’s king sent “get-well” letters and a gift to Judah’s king. God had richly blessed Hezekiah with many possessions. The content of those letters is not known. In the days of building alliances, it is likely that the Babylonians were attempting to urge Judah to join them against the mighty kingdom of Assyria. However, they resulted in Hezekiah showing off all of his many treasures to the Babylonians. They had seen what was in his house. If we were to show off the contents of our spiritual house today, what would they see? Would it be the fruits of the world or the fruits of the Spirit?

God sent Isaiah to deliver a somber message to Judah’s king. “Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and what your fathers have accumulated until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left…” Those words were spoken more than a hundred years before the event actually occurred. Hezekiah accepted the words of the Lord and continued to serve faithfully until his death. He was followed to the throne by his son, Manasseh.