I took piano lessons for 15 years and enjoyed playing the classics, but I don’t play anymore.
My father wanted me to become a piano teacher, but I had neither the right amount of talent nor the desire to become one. I still enjoy listening to all genres of music. If I had it to do over again, I would probably learn to play the guitar instead of the piano because of the beautiful sound it produces.
Hezekiah was a good king and a good man.
He believed and obeyed God. Early in his reign, Hezekiah destroyed the idolatry in Judah. The Bible tells us, “He removed the high places and broke the pillars and cut down the Asherah. And he broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the people of Israel had made offerings to it (it was called Nehushtan). He trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel, so that there was none like him among all the kings of Judah after him, nor among those who were before him,” (2 Kings 18:4-5 ESV).
This doesn’t mean Hezekiah was perfect. From a study of Isaiah chapters 30 and 31, it is clear that the King’s government made a serious mistake when threatened by the invasion of the Assyrians. Hezekiah evidently listened to his advisors and decided to make a treaty with Egypt to defend Judah against the onslaught that took Israel into captivity. This good king evidently caved into pressure and from that error, lost several fortified cities of his country to the Assyrians (2 Kings 18:13ff; 2 Chronicles 32).
God wanted Hezekiah and Judah to trust in him, and was disappointed when Judah went looking for help from a country that was in its sunset years. God said, “Ah, stubborn children,” declares the LORD, “who carry out a plan, but not mine, and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin; who set out to go down to Egypt, without asking for my direction, to take refuge in the protection of Pharaoh and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt! Therefore shall the protection of Pharaoh turn to your shame, and the shelter in the shadow of Egypt to your humiliation,” (Isaiah 30:1-3 ESV).
Hezekiah learned his lesson, because when the Assyrians laid siege to Jerusalem, the king of Judah laid the problem out before the Lord and begged God’s help (2 Kings 19:15ff).
1st semester accomplishments are:
1) Posted 248 Bible study articles to my blog (wrote most of them).
2) Presented 13 Bible-based sermons before the Montana St. congregation.
3) Presented 23 Bible study lessons before the Montana St. adult Bible class.
4) From Jan – June, 2010, I’ve had 13,295 folks from 128 countries hit on my blog site. There were 61,543 page views during this period. Of these visitors, 67 percent were new visitors to my blog.
5) Presented 6 Bible-based lessons to the residents of our local Veterans Home.
What are my talents? Well, I can do a little preaching, lead singing, lead in prayer, conduct an adult Bible class, present a Bible lesson at the Veteran’s Home every 3rd Saturday morning, write a few Bible-related articles. And anything else that the elders need me to do.
The most important lesson learned to date is that people have real problems and are in desperate need of real solutions. The problem is sin. The solution is Christ. Only in Christ can we enjoy love, grace, mercy, peace, joy, forgiveness, and hope. People need the Lord. He proclaims good news to the poor, liberty to the captives, gives sight to the blind, and liberty to the oppressed.
The most important lesson learned to date?
That we can’t place our trust in people, cause we’ll be sorely disappointed (2 Timothy 4:10,16). However, placing our complete trust in God, will not only lead us down the right path, but will sustain us both physically and spiritually (Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalm 37:3-5; Psalm 55:22; cf. Matthew 6:25-33; 2 Timothy 4:17).