In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live. Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, saying, I beseech thee, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying, Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord. And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.
What can we learn from this man, this king, reduced to tears and pleadings? Of what character can be found was this man pertaining to his life? You are to learn some amazing things that can be humbling to we the benefactors of Jesus Christ:
1. Hezekiah did right in the sight of God.
2. He removed the high places and broke down the “sacred pillars”.
3. He trusted in the Lord God of Israel.
4. He clung to the Lord and did not depart from following him.
5. He kept the commandments which the Lord had commanded Moses.
6. Wherever he went he prospered.
7. He rebelled against the world and its ways.
8. The Lord was with him.
9. Was confronted by worldly powers.
10. Was tested and tempted by the prince of the world to facilitate his denial in trusting in the Lord.
11. Had church leadership speak against him and the people were told not to listen to Hezekiah’s call to trust in the Lord God for deliverance.
12. People offered goods and services to again cause him to deny the Lord.
13. Priests covered with sackcloth’s went to Isaiah the Prophet and told him of their distress, rebuke and rejection – that children had come to birth and there was no strength to deliver.
All of the above list could make one wonder whether or not Hezekiah was a forerunner of Jesus Christ. The Priests complaint might be read that Parishioners were ready to go deeper in their own spiritual walk only to find no one was available to help them.
If any one of us could chart the record of Hezekiah I would say: “Well done Good and Faithful Servant”.