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The Salvation of Hezekiah

2 Chronicles 32:24-33 :

In those days Hezekiah was terminally ill, and he prayed to Yahweh; and he spoke to him, and gave him a sign. But Hezekiah didn’t reciprocate appropriate to the benefit done for him, because his heart was lifted up. Therefore there was wrath on him, and on Judah and Jerusalem. Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that Yahweh’s wrath didn’t come on them in the days of Hezekiah.

Hezekiah had exceedingly much riches and honor. He provided himself with treasuries for silver, for gold, for precious stones, for spices, for shields, and for all kinds of valuable vessels; also storehouses for the increase of grain, new wine, and oil; and stalls for all kinds of animals, and flocks in folds. Moreover he provided for himself cities, and possessions of flocks and herds in abundance; for God had given him abundant possessions. This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper spring of the waters of Gihon, and brought them straight down on the west side of David’s city. Hezekiah prospered in all his works.

However concerning the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent to him to inquire of the wonder that was done in the land, God left him, to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart.

Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and his good deeds, behold, they are written in the vision of Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz, in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel. Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the ascent of the tombs of the sons of David. All Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem honored him at his death. Manasseh his son reigned in his place.

To understand this passage more fully, it helps to go back and read 2 Kings 20. That's where we read about how God answered Hezekiah's prayer and turned back time! The way that God healed Hezekiah was truly extraordinary, but immediately after that, Hezekiah invited the king of Babylon over to his palace and showed him all of his great wealth. It is interesting that the details of these events are in 2 Kings, but God's commentary on them is right here in 2 Chronicles.

Here we read that God was using the king of Babylon to reveal the pride that was living in king Hezekiah's heart. It would have been right for God to take Hezekiah's life by illness, but God answered his prayer anyway. God revealed Hezekiah's pride to him, which gave him an opportunity to humble himself before God. Although this saved him and those who were with him for the rest of his life, God was going to punish Judah for the pride that lingered in their hearts later.

This pattern is not only one that we witness over and over in Israel, but one that we see in all those who come to Christ. God does things to show us the truth about ourselves. When we see our own sin before our eyes, he gives us a choice. We can choose to humble ourselves before God and be saved, or wait until judgment day and be destroyed. Hezekiah was not good inside, and neither were we, but Hezekiah was saved because he saw his sin, admitted that God was right about it and received God's grace.

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