The Story of Hezekiah

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Hezekiah was 25 years old when he became king of Judah. He was a good king and did the things that God says are right just like his ancestor, King David did. He took away all the shrines and places of worship of the false gods that people had been worshiping. He trusted in the Lord so much so that there was no other king like him either before or after his time. He held on tight to the Lord and never stopped following Him and doing His commands. God was with Hezekiah and caused him to be successful everywhere he went.

Now, fourteen years after Hezekiah became king, an enemy king named Sennacherib came against Judah. Sennacherib demanded that Hezekiah pay him 11 tons of silver and 1 ton of gold. To get that much, Hezekiah had to take all the silver from the temple of the Lord and take all the gold off the doors. Even after Hezekiah paid him, Sennacherib sent one of his chief officers to give Hezekiah and the people of Judah this message:

“What are you trusting in that makes you so confident? Do you think that mere words can help you in war? Are you trusting in Egypt? Egypt is unreliable! Or are you trusting in the Lord? Do not let Hezekiah trick you into trusting the Lord by saying, ‘The Lord will surely save us and Sennacherib will not defeat us!’ Do not listen to your, king but instead, come and make peace with me and I will take you to a better land. Do not listen to Hezekiah when he says, ‘God will save us!’ Every country we have taken over had their own god, but none of them were able to save them. What makes you think your God can deliver you out of my hand?”

Nobody answered the officer because Hezekiah told them not to. They went back to Hezekiah and told them all the things that the enemy said.

As soon as Hezekiah heard about it he went into the temple of God and mourned. Then he sent some people to Isaiah the prophet. They told Isaiah everything that happened. Then Isaiah answered, “Tell Hezekiah that this is what the Lord says: ‘Do not be afraid. I will make Sennacherib go back to his own land and there he will die.'”

After this, the chief officer went back to talk with Sennacherib. There was a battle happening in another place and the enemy king decided to go back to his land but first sent the chief officer back to Hezekiah with another message. This time the message was:

“Do not let your God who you trust trick you by promising that your land will not be given to Sennacherib. You have heard how we have destroyed all the lands around you and none of their gods were able to help.”

When Hezekiah heard this message he went in to the temple again and placed the message before the Lord and prayed: “O Lord God, you are God alone of all the kingdoms of the earth. It is you who made the heavens and the earth. Open your ears to hear our prayer, O Lord, and open your eyes to see what Sennacherib has said to us mocking you! It is true that they destroyed the gods of those other nations because they were not gods at all but mere statues that were made by men. So now, Lord, save us please! Save us so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, and you alone, are God!”

Then Isaiah sent a message to Hezekiah to tell him that God heard his prayer. God said, “I will defend your city and I will save it for the sake of your ancestor, King David.”

That very night, the angel of the Lord went out and killed 185,000 people of Sennacherib’s army. Sennacherib went back to his home and while he was worshiping his god, his own sons killed him.

Around this time Hezekiah got sick and was going to die. Isaiah the prophet came to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Get ready, for it is time for you to die. You will not recover from this sickness.” But Hezekiah said, “O Lord, please remember how I have walked before you and been faithful with my whole heart and have done what is good in your sight!” Then Hezekiah wept and cried. Before Isaiah left, while he was leaving, the Lord told him to go back to Hezekiah and say, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you and add 15 years to your life and continue to keep you safe from your enemies.”

Soon after this, the king of Babylon sent messengers with letters and presents for Hezekiah since he knew that Hezekiah had been sick. And Hezekiah welcomed them and showed them all the treasure in his house–all the silver, all the gold, all the spices, oils, and storehouses. There was not anything that Hezekiah did not show to them. But afterward, Isaiah the prophet came to Hezekiah and said, “What did those men want? Where did they come from?” And Hezekiah said, “They came all the way from Babylon!” Isaiah asked, “What did they see in your house?” Hezekiah answered, “They have seen everything. There is not anything that I did not show to them.”

Then Isaiah said, “Hear what God has to say: ‘The time is coming when everything you own and all that your ancestors have stored up until now will be carried away to Babylon. Nothing shall be left, says the Lord. And some of your own sons will be taken away and made personal slaves to the king of Babylon.” Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “What God says is good.” Hezekiah was thinking, “At least there will be peace while I am alive.”

Psalms 20:6-7
“Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”

Psalms 62:8
“Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.”


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20 responses to “The Story of Hezekiah”

  1. Malunga says :

    Sometimes it’s good to let God do what he want to do in our lives than forcing him to do what we want……If Hezekiah accepted the death his children could have been safe including the treasures in his House…….if this prodigal son did not force his father to give him his portion he could not have messed his life…In conclusion God knows the best gift for our lives even death……

    • Jason says :

      Thanks Malunga. I understand what you mean and agree. However, I have often thought about it with a different perspective. What if Hezekiah, when he was told about what was going to happen to his sons, prayed just as fervently as he did when the Assyrians surrounded him and when he found out he was going to die? God does know best. And one of the most amazing things about God’s sovereignty and purpose is that He allows us to petition Him and even change the course of events, all the while maintaining complete and perfect sovereignty and in no way loosing any part of His ultimate purposes.

      • Khaliaka says :

        Jason….I fully agree. As I read the story I learned the importance and effects of prayer and living a righteous life and how it gives you increased favor with God, our true source of protection and provision. I also learned the importance of discretion and prayer before everything and patience in waiting on Gods response.

      • Shawn says :

        I am grateful for your response, Jason!

    • Solomon Adjei says :

      Thats true God has plans for us we must allow him to control us just JESUS allowed Himself to the for our salvation.Hens forth let’s pray asking for the mind of God.

    • Beverly Coleman says :

      God cannot be forced.

  2. Joyce Garcis says :

    The story was told to President Obama at the budget meeting with the Republicans by an Oklahoma congressman . situation situation now let’s pray that the really listen to th really listen to this congressman and God speaks to his heart.this was on the Huckabee show 03/16/2013

  3. marshia says :

    I enjoyed the story of Hezekiah, one of the things that stuck out to me was, I hear people say many times that “God never changes His mind, that His word is soild”, well I beg the difference, here is proof that He does, He can,
    and He did.

  4. Amawhe Martins says :

    This is the Lords doing and it is marvellous in our sight… The story is a story of hope trust and total believe in God …. It simply shows that those who wait and trust in the Lord with all their hearts will never fail, be put to shame nor inherit vanity…. The Lord is good … All the time.

  5. Anonymous says :

    9-1-13: Oh my goodness, thank you SO Much for explaining the story! Our sermon today was about chapters 18 and 19 and I had such difficulty following because this was such a big story and so much to read. Thank you for making this clear. I will have to read this a few more times and let it sink in.

  6. Anonymous says :

    …wait a minute…now I’m confused…since God allowed Hezekiah to live 15 years longer (when he was told he was going to die according to God’s original schedule), does this mean that God is BARTERING that Hez’s sons will become slaves and live lives of torment because Hez will live???

    Is that necessary? Why can’t the blessing and grace follow through Hez’s life and into his sons’???

    Does this mean that we must always give up one thing to get another? Now I feel so discouraged. Is this about not being able to have our cake and eat it too?

  7. Larry R. Ward says :

    Larry says: Oct 17, 2013
    To this point in time, I am a surviving pancreatic cancer patient. After major surgery, extensive chemotherapy, and multiple clear scans, I have just completed a scan that is not clear. Too early to actual tell if my cancer is returning.
    I was watching TV and Rev. John Hagee happened to mention Hezekiah and how God had extended his life. It prompted me to review the scriptural story once again.
    And, it led me to read all of your various comments. After doing so my comment is as follows:
    I’m sure I would like to remain further to extend my time with my wonderful wife of 48 years and my loving family and friends. But only if that be “Gods will”.

  8. Vincent says :

    good work

  9. Israel says :

    Great piece indeed, I like the story of Hezekiah a lot. It shows how merciful is God.

  10. ray says :

    I have really learnt a lot from this story.As believers, we should always understand that situations that come our ways just don’t happen for no reasons but they happen for God’s ultimate purpose for our lives may be fulfilled.May His perfect will be done on earth on it is in Heaven

  11. Chris Burns says :

    Thank you for clarifying the story of King Hezekiah.

  12. Lurline says :

    Hezekiah was a King Of Much Prayer unto God for instruction and guidance. I just wish he had not showed all of his treasures to those other people. Well again I
    say, He surely did trust in, and pray unto God and God answered.

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