Tripped Up By Pride
II Kings 20
II Chronicles 32:23-32
August 15, 2004
II Kings 20
v.1 - "Set thine house in order"
v. 2 - Hezekiah "turned his face to the wall & prayed unto
v. 3 - "I beseech thee remember.....And Hezekiah wept sore"
Nothing is more real in this world than the duty of all men,
in view of the departure from this life which hangs over us
as an absolute certainty, to arrange worldly affairs as
prudence requires - the first being the matter of eternal
security - then take care of the now. Often this order is
reversed and no doubt has carried many a person to hell?
Repentance, confession, restitution and forgiveness often
occupy a considerable space of time and need much thought
and attention. If put off until the last illness sets in, too
commonly "to the mercy of a moment" are left "the vast
concerns of eternity" - this presumes that there will be no
sudden death, which reason warns against daily.
We need to be reminded that in sickness the mind is far
less fit to make judicious decisions than in health, choices
too important to make in haste!
"Skin for skin, all that a man hath will he give for
his life" - Job 2:4
Hezekiah beseeches the Lord to remember:
ch. 18:5, 6 - his trust in the Lord God of Israel,
that he clave to the Lord and departed not from
following Him, but kept His commandments.
He does not regard himself as sinless - Isaiah 38:17
v. 5 - God's answer -"I have heard thy prayer,
I have seen thy tears" "behold, I will heal thee"
The Power of Prayer - Hezekiah's life was prolonged
fifteen years - Christians under the sentence of death,
given up by physicians and friends, are entitled to
In God's hands and in His hands only are the issues
of life and death! Ps. 68:20b
Since Christ has brought "life and immortality to
light" we do not live under the dark cloud that
Old Testament people did - but we are told in
James 5:15 that "the prayer of faith shall save the
sick, and the Lord shall raise him up"
ch. 19:14,15,19,27-36 - Hezekiah had been heard of
v. 6 - God adds 15 yrs. to Hezekiah - more than
doubling his reign. 39 at this time - 54 at death.
Isaiah 9:6-7 Matt. 28:10
vs. 8-11 - a sign - Ahaz, his father, had been reproved
for not asking - Isaiah 7:10-14
Ch. 16 - study how Ahaz was instrumental in the
changing of the faith with some very serious
Two weeks ago I finished with ch. 17:7-23 - I could
never improve on how the Bible puts it - although
by skipping much, we have missed much.
Duty of the individual to study and find out!
"and He brought the shadow ten degrees backward"
Time rolled back - Is. 38:7 - "the Lord will do this
thing that He hath spoken" - if this was the
only commentary in the world - what a
II Chron. 32:31 - "the ambassadors of the princes
of Babylon" was sent "to inquire of the wonder
that was done in the land"
vs. 12-18 - After Hezekiah recovered, he apparently
retraced his feelings as he lay on his bed - Isaiah 38:9-20
First part, his anticipation of death & the strain is
mournful, second part - he has received the promise
of recovery and pours out his thankfulness.
v. 14 - "Lord I am oppressed, undertake for me"
The image is that of a debtor, who is being dragged
to prison at the pleasure of the exacting creditor.
The only hope is a surety and Hezekiah calls on God
to be the Surety, but God is the Creditor!
An appeal from God's Justice to God's mercy -
"undertake for me"
My mother's testimony - She said she prayed so
much that she could not pray anymore??!! - 1989-
1992 -dying of cancer.
Job. 13:15 - "Thou He slay me, yet will I trust Him"
John 6:68 - "Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast
the words of life"
Isaiah 38:19 - God's design - "the father to the children"
Isaiah 38:20 - "The Lord was ready to save me"
Ps. 110:3a - "thy people shall be willing in
the day of thy power"
Here is the origin of our lesson title - Hezekiah got the
big head that he had been sought out by the king of
Babylon, who came from such a distance and such a
Congratulations and flatteries - Hezekiah forgets God,
his faith slips, a mere worldling bent on winning himself
a great alliance, depending on the arm of flesh.
All display, show and vain glory - show over substance.
As servant of God and the trustee of His Treasury, a sacred
treasury that belonged to God whom the earth and fulness
thereof and all its precious things belonged.
v. 18 - "nothing shall be left" - fulfillment - Jer. 52:12-23
II Chron. 32:31 - "God left him, to try him, that He might
know all that was in his heart"
WE NEED THE LORD AT ALL TIMES!
v, 19 - Reading and exposition of Ezekiel 18 - "the father's
have eaten sour grapes and the children's teeth are
set on an edge"