HERE'S TO YOUR HEALTH 2 KINGS 20:12-21 Series: Hezekiah: 2 Kings 18-20 - Part
Four Pastor Stephen Muncherian September 6, 2009
with me to 2 Kings 20 - starting at verse 12.This
morning is our last look at the life of King
help us remember together what we’ve seen of
Hezekiah so far we’re going to take a short quiz.School’s
been in session 3 weeks now.So, you
all should be pros at this by now.Sharpen
your mental styluses and see how you do with this.
was the son of __________ ?A.Ahab.B. Ahaz.C. Aguy.D. Arab.
- “daddy dearest” - the evil King Ahaz - who had led
Judah down the tubes in every way possible -
especially in their relationship with God.
Ahaz died, Hezekiah __________ ? A. Cast himself
headlong into the Kidron Valley.B. Threw a
Spent the required 40 days mourning.D. Cleaned
cleaned up - removed absolutely everything that was
evil in Judah.Hezekiah
trusted God - clung to God - acted with Godly wisdom.Did what
was a huge 180° change of
direction for the nation.
Assyrians laid siege to Jerusalem, Hezekiah __________
? A. Turned to Egypt for help.B. Replied,
- trusted God - put everything on the line.He’d led
this rebellion against the Assyrians - a brutal people
that made the Borg look like a bunch of Woodstock
the Assyrians - with their undefeated military machine
- when the Assyrians laid siege to Jerusalem -
Hezekiah hung in there with God - trusted God - kept
the end in sight.
The result of that was what?God takes out Sennacherib - king
of Assyria - God takes out Sennacherib and his army -
as only God can.The Assyrians are 1,000 and 1.God’s
people are saved.God is glorified.
God defeated the Assyrians He __________?A. Wiped
out 185,000 men.B. Called Sennacherib back to Nineveh.C.
Predicted Sennacherib’s assassination.D.All of the
Hezekiah was told that he was going to die, God
answered his prayer by __________ ?A. Giving
him 15 more years of life.B. Reminding Hezekiah of His
sovereignty over time and circumstances.C.Reminded
Hezekiah of His love for His people.D.All of the
Do you remember this?God’s love and sovereignty do not change
because of our circumstances - even circumstances when
we question what God wills.
Bonus question.When Sennacherb’s two sons assassinated him
they fled to __________ ?A. Tarsus.B.AmmonC.Moab.D.Armenia.
How’d you do?
Let’s go on with Hezekiah.
2 Kings 20 - starting at verse 12:At that
time Berodach-balaban a son of Baladan, king of
Babylon, set letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he
heard that Hezekiah had been sick.Hezekiah
listened to them, and showed them all his treasure
house, the silver and the gold and the spices and the
precious oil and the house of his armor and all that
was found in his treasuries.There was nothing in his house
nor in all his dominion that Hezekiah did not show
Let’s pause there.Verses
12 and 13 are Hezekiah’s Test.Let’s say
In the last three Sundays - what we’ve seen so far is
Hezekiah living rightly before God - trusting God -
and God royally blessing Hezekiah - caring for
Hezekiah and His people - defending them - prospering
Hezekiah comes down with a fatal skin disease and God
Hezekiah 15 more years of life.God is over
the top in the way that He’s loving on Hezekiah.
2 Chronicles 32:31 - a passage that records God’s
perspective of what’s happening here - 2 Chronicles
says, that when God had done these things for
Hezekiah, God stepped back - and gave Hezekiah a test
- to see what was in Hezekiah’s heart.How will
Hezekiah respond to all of God’s love poured out on
That test question arrives in the form of this
delegation from Babylon.
We know from history - Assyrian records and Babylonian
records - things archeologist have dug up - records
from the time of Hezekiah - records that corroborate
the Biblical record - that there was brief period
between about 705 to 703 BC when this king
Berodach-baladan of Babylon was able to shake off
Assyria domination.Its probably during that brief period of
independence that this Babylonian king sent this
delegation to Hezekiah to seek an alliance with
Hezekiah against the Assyrians.
What better way to do that than with a get well card
and some gifts - flowers - chocolates - promises you
never intend to keep.All of which is suppose to butter up Hezekiah.“We
really care about you.”And to
give them an opportunity to check out Hezekiah to see
if he’s worth having as an ally.
Turn with me to 2 Chronicles 32 - starting at verse
After death of Ahaz - as Hezekiah cleaned up Judah and
turned the people towards God - God blessed and
defended Hezekiah - loved on Hezekiah - gave Hezekiah
15 more years of life.Hezekiah started to build and to expand his
wealth and power.
2 Chronicles 32:27:Now Hezekiah had immense riches
and honor; and he made for himself treasuries of
silver, gold, precious stones, spices, shields and all
kinds of valuable articles, storehouses also for the
produce of grain, wine and oil, pens for all kinds of
cattle and sheepfolds for the flocks.He made
cities for himself and acquired flocks and herds in
abundance, for God had given him great wealth.
Who gave Hezekiah great wealth?God.
Verse 30: It was Hezekiah who stopped the
upper outlet of the waters of Gihon and directed them
to the west side of the city of David.
Hezekiah had his engineers tunnel in from two
directions meeting at the middle - had them dig this
1777 foot tunnel - this tunnel - whichif you go to
Jerusalem today as a tourist you can walk through.
Hezekiah had this tunnel dug from the waters of Gihon
- which is outside the walls of Jerusalem to the Pool
of Siloam - remember the blind man who Jesus healed at
the Pool of Siloam?Which was inside the city walls.Connecting
the city water system with a water source outside the
city for when they were under siege.
Point being this was an amazing engineering feat that
symbolized all the wonderful things Hezekiah did - his
buildings - his wealth - his prosperity.
Going on - 2 Chronicles 32:30:And
Hezekiah prospered in all that he did.Even in the
matter of the envoys of the rulers of Babylon, who
sent to him to inquire of the wonder that had happened
in the land.God
left him alone only to test him, that He might know
all that was in his heart.
Hezekiah’s wealth and reputation - defeating the
Assyrians being pretty huge in and of itself -
Hezekiah’s reputation had spread to Babylon - so King
Berodach-baladan sends this delegation to Hezekiah to
find out if Hezekiah really is as big as his
rumors are impressive.Is it worth having Hezekiah as an ally?
Which is a what?a test.God
testing Hezekiah to show Hezekiah and us - what’s
going on in Hezekiah’s heart.
Back to 2 Kings 20 - verse 13 - Hezekiah received the
delegation from Babylon.Hezekiah’s answer to the test
question is what?Show them everything.The silver, the gold, the
spices, the oil, the armory, the treasury, the tunnel,
the sheep, the goats.“There was nothing in his house
nor in his dominion that Hezekiah did not show them.”
Jesus told a parable about a farmer who was doing
was doing so well that he didn’t have enough space to
store all of his stuff.He had every anticipation of an even greater
crop next year - even greater profits.So this
rich farmer he made plans to tear down his barns and
build larger ones - unlimited expansion.Remember
The farmer says to himself, “Self -
you’re doing great.Look at how wealthy you are.You can
live off of your investments for years.That new
Ferarri chariot you wanted.Its yours.Kick back
and enjoy the good life.You are one successful dude.”
Jesus said, “You fool!You’re
gonna die tonight.Then who’s gonna be living off your
forgotten that its God - God who gives you life - its
God who’s provided for your needs.Life is
Who blessed Hezekiah with all that stuff?Even the
extra 15 years to prosper and enjoy all that?The
almighty sovereign eternal God.When the
delegation arrives who gets the credit?Hezekiah.
Do you see Hezekiah’s heart?What’s going on deep inside
Hezekiah - living the high life - arrogantly showing
off in front of the Babylonians - all of what he -
Hezekiah has achieved.In his heart Hezekiah has forgotten it was the
almighty sovereign eternal God who chose to by His
grace and mercy and love - to bless Hezekiah so
can’t hear you over the sound of how awesome I am.”
Hezekiah’s response to God’s test?Pure
taking for granted the grace and mercy and
lovingkindness of God.Taking for granted that God has blessed him and
that God will continue to bless him and all that
blessing is about Hezekiah - not God.
Let’s go on.Verses
14 to 18 are Hezekiah’s Grade.Let’s try
that together, “Hezekiah’s
Isaiah the prophet came to King Hezekiah and said to
him, “What did these men say, and from where have they
come to you?”Do you hear the
feigned ignorance in that?
And Hezekiah said, “They have come from a far country,
“They’ve came a long way to see me and all that I’ve
reputation brought them here.Isaiah,
aren’t you impressed?”Hezekiah
is in serious trouble and he doesn’t even know it.Isaiah is
just reeling him in.Just asking questions and letting Hezekiah hang
Verse 15:He - Isaiah - said,
“What have they seen in your house?”So Hezekiah
answered, “They have seen all that is in my house;
there is nothing among my treasuries that I have not
Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord.‘Behold - “behold” is
the Hebrew word “hanah.”Its a powerful word that’s used
to introduce something solemn - profound - life
“hanah” is to come attention - to be ready to obey -
action needs to be taken.Sober up - what’s about to be
said here is crucial to hear.
Isaiah says to Hezekiah, “Hanah!Listen to
The days are coming when all that is in your house,
and all that your fathers have laid up in store to
this day will be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be
left,’ says the Lord.‘Some of your sons who shall issue from you,
whom you will beget, will be taken away; and they will
become officials in the palace of the king of
During the week leading up to His resurrection Palm
Sunday Jesus gives the disciples a tour of the Temple
- one of the most magnificent buildings of its day.Imagine God
giving you a private tour of the Temple - pointing out
sights and activities - what’s going on - from God’s
along the way - during the tour - Jesus dialoging with
the Pharisees - humbling the Pharisees and clarifying
the reality of what it means to live life with the
be some kind of life changing tour?Wouldn’t
On the way out of the Temple the disciples - who have
been taking all this in - the disciples are talking
with Jesus about what they’ve just seen.“Jesus,
this place is amazing.The stones are huge - ornate.The
buildings are incredible.”
Jesus tells them, “Do you see
these great buildings?Not one stone is going to be left sitting on
top of another stone.It’s all coming down.”(Mark
The Temple isn’t important.God is.The purpose
of God blessing His people with this Temple - the
purpose of the Temple is get us focused on God - not
living life with the living God.That’s what
looking at the Temple and get your eyes on God.
“Hezekiah - you’ve failed the test.You missed
I’ve given you should lead you to Me.Should
bring glory to Me.So, everything you’re so impressed with - what
you’ve inherited - what you’ve built - I’m taking it
your family - gone - they’re going to be hauled off to
We’re so impressed with so little when God offers us
God needs to take away all these little baubles of
blessings that we take for granted - that we think are
all about us.Maybe
He needs to take all that away so we’ll get our hearts
focused back on God.
Verse 19 - Here’s the bottom line on Hezekiah’s Heart.Say that
with me, “Hezekiah’s heart.”
Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the Lord which
you have spoken is good.”For he thought, “Is it not so,
if there will be peace and truth in my days?”
There are two thoughts here in Hezekiah’s heart that
we need hear for ourselves.
First:“The word of the Lord is good.”
Hezekiah agrees with God.God’s evaluation is correct.“I have
heart has been in the wrong place.”
We go there all the time.We agree with God.“God’s
judgment of my life is true.What He says about is true.I am a
need what God offers me in Jesus.I need
God’s grace and mercy and forgiveness.”
Are we together?We can agree with God’s evaluation of our
word of the Lord is good.”
The second thought - here in verse 19 - is more
difficult for us:“Is it not so - isn’t God’s
word good - especially if there will be peace
and truth in my days.”
“God’s word is good - I’ll agree with God - especially
if I can dodge the bullet of His judgment.”
2 Chronicles 32 says that:Hezekiah gave
no return for the benefit he received - all of God’s
blessings - gave no credit to God - because
his heart was proud; therefore - because his
heart was proud - wrath came on
him and on Judah and Jerusalem.However,
Hezekiah humbled the pride of his heart, both he and
the inhabitants of Jerusalem - he agreed
with God - God’s word is good - so that
the wrath of the Lord did not come on them in the days
of Hezekiah.(2 Chronicles
In who’s days?In
Hezekiah’s days.Later yes.Now no.Its
what’s not so good.As long as I don’t have to deal with it.As long as
I don’t have to change too much.Christians
aren’t perfect.Just forgiven.What a cop out.
One of the most difficult things I’ve heard from
missionaries and people I know who speak to Christians
around the world - when asked, “Is
there a difference between Christians in the US and
Christians outside the US?”And admittedly there are exceptions to
the consistent brutal answer is this:“The one
major difference when speaking - preaching - teaching
- Christians outside the US and Christians in the US
is that Christians outside the US have an insatiable
hunger for God’s word - for God.”
Not just an agreement with God’s word.But a
craving for God’s word imparted - incorporated - taken
into their lives and radically altering their lives -
changing their hearts - the very core of who they are.
Hezekiah agreed with God’s word - humbled himself to
the point of acknowledging the truth of what God said.Even
outwardly may have demonstrated that humility.But
inwardly he was just dodging a bullet.His heart
wasn’t transformed.He did the minimum to get by with being one of
We struggle with this.
Mildred J. Peabody - the church gossip and
self-appointed monitor of the church'smorals -
kept sticking her nose into other people's business.Severalmembers did
not approve of her extra curricular activities.But, feared
her enough to maintain their silence.
Mildred made a mistake, however, when she accused
George, a new member, of being an alcoholic after she
saw his old pickup parked in front of the town's only
bar one afternoon.She emphatically told George and several others
that everyone seeing it there would know what he was
George, a man of few words, stared at her for a moment
and just turned and walked away.He didn't
explain - defend - or deny.He said nothing.Later that
evening, George quietly parked his pickup in front of
Mildred's house - walked home - and left it there all
appearances are not always what they seem.
There are a tremendous number of people who would
agree with God - their need for Jesus.They’ve
sincerely prayed the prayer, “I agree
I’m a sinner.Lord
Jesus come into my life.I receive you as my Savior.”
They soak in the blessings of God.They enjoy
the presence of the Son.They experience what it means to
have a relationship with Him.They know
Sunday after Sunday they sing the songs.They bow in
read the Scriptures.They listen to the messages.They’ve
learned to talk the talk and walk the walk.They enjoy
the encouragement and support of their siblings in
But in the heart - deep down at the place where God
evaluates how we’re living our lives - our
relationship with Him - our hearts are focused on
blessings are about us not God.
Its been said, “If you show me
your check book and your calendar I’ll show you what’s
important in your life.”
There’s a challenge here for us to think about how we
spend out time and resources - what God blesses us
we focused on an insatiable desire for God - to be
transformed by God - to live for God - for God to be
glorified in us and through us?Or, like
Hezekiah, are we enjoying God’s blessings - spending
our time and resources as if all that stuff is about
us - not God?
Verse 20 is Hezekiah’s Epitaph.Let’s say
that together, “Hezekiah’s
Verse 20:Now the
rest of the acts of Hezekiah and all his might, and
how he made the pool and the conduit and brought water
into the city, are they not written in the Book of the
Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?
Hezekiah is buried in the section of Jerusalem’s
cemetery reserved for the descendants of David.2
Chronicles emphasizes his devotion - his faithfulness
to God - that all the citizens of Jerusalem honored
him at his death.2 Kings reminds us that Hezekiah build the
conduit - symbolic of his all that he built - his
wealth and power.(2 Chronicles 32:32,33)
Then this phrase - verse 21:So Hezekiah
slept with his fathers, and Manasseh his son became
king in his place.
Manasseh was probably born 2 or 3 years after God
healed Hezekiah - at a time of stability in the
grew up in wealth and prosperity.He never
experienced the spiritual reforms - his father’s
passion for God.He experienced what came later - the outward
signs of Godliness - from a father who’s heart had
grown focused on himself.
At the ripe old age of 12 Manasseh becomes king.A member of
a younger generation - greatly blessed - being handed
great wealth and power without a framework to
understand the source of that blessing.
Sound familiar?Look around - young people in America - even in
the church - growing up with so much handed to them -
and no understanding of Who the source of that
Manasseh saw - as our children see our hearts - as
people around us - in the community - hear what we say
and then see what we do.We ain’t fooling no one.Manasseh
saw the insincerity of his father’s heart.
Manasseh goes off the deep end spiritually.For 55
years Manasseh rules Judah.For 55 years Manasseh completely
reverses every reform - every act of purification -
every act of devotion to God - every godly act of his
leads God’s people into sin - to worship Baal and the
Asherah - reintroduces ritual prostitution - worships
the creation not the creator - builds pagan altars -
even in God’s temple - practices witchcraft and
sorcery - astrology - turns the mediums and spiritists
loose on God’s people - sacrifices his sons to the God
2 Kings 21:9 says, “Manasseh
seduced God’s people to do evil more than the nations
whom the Lord destroyed before the sons of Israel.”
Its Manasseh - Hezekiah’s son - that - exactly as God
said it would happen - Manasseh gets hauled off to
act of God’s judgment that God held back until
Manasseh - learning from Hezekiah’s half-hearted
humility - that Manasseh earned for himself.
Quite an epitaph isn’t it?Quite a legacy.Sobering.
We can be so caught up in God’s blessings - so taking
them for granted - so focused on ourselves - that we
can fail to pass on to the next generation - in our
families - in the church - even to the community
around us - what it means to live life totally
surrendered - insatiably desiring the living God - the
source of those blessings.
There’s a great opportunity here for us.To move
beyond agreement with God to an insatiable desire for
pass on what is the most important legacy:That life
is about God who is the source of all blessings.That life
is about God and not us.
Remember these guys?Capital One:What’s In Your Wallet?
in your heart?May
what is in each of our hearts be an insatiable desire
we give Him the glory for what He has done.