2 Kings 18:5-7
There was no king __________________ him or ________________ him like Him.
to cling, stick, stay close, cleave, keep close, stick to,
stick with, follow closely, join to
What set him apart:
- He ____________________ in the Lord.
- He _____________ _____________ to the Lord.
- He ________________ God.
2 Chronicles 31:20-21
- He did what was __________ and __________ and _________ before the Lord ______God.
- He did everything in relation to God with _________________________. _____ he ____________________ wherever he went.
2 Kings 18:13-14 / But the _____________ came after him ______ and _________.
The enemy’s letter – 2 Kings 19:10-13 / **Hezekiah’s response – 2 Kings 19:14-19
2 Kings 20:1-11
Hezekiah had 2 problems at the same time both seemed to mean _______________________.
Beseech – anna- ah now! I/we beseech you oh now!, pray now!
participle of entreaty usually followed by the imperative verb
His response to both his problems was ___________________.
His prayer for healing: Remember – I _______________ You.
*** Then he wept bitterly. (Psalm 34:18)
***The Lord’s response:
- I have ______________ your prayer. I have ____________ your tears.
- Behold, I __________ heal you; I __________ add 15 years to your life, and I __________ deliver you from the hand of the King of Assyria.
***The Lord’s response – 2 Kings 19:35-37
Lessons from the Life of Hezekiah:
1) Our response to our problems should always be ___________________.
2) When we _____________ in God with all our heart and __________ His promise, ________ we can stand on His promise.
3) When God does something on our behalf it is ultimately for His ____________ and His promise ___________.
2 Chronicles 32:24-26
4) There is ____________________ the danger of ___________________.
QFW Podcast 7
Welcome Ladies to Podcast 7 of our Quest For Wholeness series. My daughter Taylor Draughn who counsels at the Christian Counseling Center in West Monroe LA is joining me as we learn what it take to enter our Promised Land of Wholeness. We are searching the Scripture and seeing how it applies to our journey and joining that with a practical counseling perspective.
Taylor, why don’t you give us a recap of the cruz of our teaching in our past podcasts.
Over the past few podcasts, we have learned:
NT – over and over again the work of God in lives was conditional based on faith thus we are looking at lives filled with faith.
Joshua – realized his link to the past was dead – necessary for moving into the Promised land was forgetting the past and reaching forward to the Promise of God in His life
Caleb – wholly followed the Lord – he was wholehearted in his devotion to God – not perfect
– Caleb had to have a stick-to-it-ness for 45 years to receive his promise
Northern Israel – looked at their problem of making small concessions in their life and how that eventually resulted in their removal by God from their Promised land. These couple of podcasts were hard to address and probably hard to hear but very important.
As we begin our study today, we need to remember that so much of what God does in our life is conditional. His love for His people was and is not, but his healing was and still is conditional and entering the Promised land was and still is conditional. Look at what was spoken to God’s chosen people in Exodus 15:26 –
“If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.”
Another place in Scripture you can see a picture of His conditional promises is in Deuteronomy 28. (Reading assignment for after the podcast.)
This week we are going to look at what was happening in Southern Israel or Judah at the same time that Northern Israel was being carried away because they had walked in such deliberate opposition concerning the Lord and His commands.
- Hezekiah became king between Hoshea’s 3rd and 4th year of reign
Read 2 Kings 18:3-8 – And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David had done. He removed the high places and broke the sacred pillars, cut down the wooden image and broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made; for until those days the children of Israel burned incense to it, and called it Nehushtan. He trusted in the Lord God of Israel, so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor who were before him. For he held fast to the Lord; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the Lord had commanded Moses. The Lord was with him; he prospered wherever he went. And he rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him. He subdued the Philistines, as far as Gaza and its territory, from watchtower to fortified city.
The story of Hezekiah grabbed my heart and attention with the words from 2 Kings 18:5. “He trusted in the Lord God of Israel, so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor who were before him.” What a testimony to be written in the heart of God’s word! His story must surely be one worth delving into.
- Hezekiah had to face the same evil Assyrian pagan king as Northern Israel but the results for Judah were quite different from Israel.
2 Kings 18:5-7 – There was no king Before him or After him like Him. – sounds like Hezekiah was wholehearted to me!
to cling, stick, stay close, cleave, keep close, stick to,
stick with, follow closely, join to
What set him apart:
- He trusted in the Lord.
- He held fast to the Lord.
- He obeyed God.
Read 2 Chronicles 31:20-21 – Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God. And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered.
This reemphasizes the 3 points we just identified in 2 Kings that Hezekiah trusted in, held fast to, and obeyed God. Here we see that:
- He did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God. WHY? Because He trusted God. That is the only reason any of us are every going to live a life like this.
- He did everything in relation to God with wholeheartedness. – Remember Caleb.
The RESULT – So he prospered wherever he went.
Have you seen anything like this in your counseling practice? Maybe where there is someone who lives out this kind of devotion to God and you can see them prosper in that?
I think you can see that really anywhere not just in a counseling room. Our God is a God that loves to bestow blessings on His people but he doesn’t just hand those out despite your lifestyle. As you can see with Hezekiah, he did what was good, right, and true before the Lord. Was he perfect? No! Did his life have no obstacles and trials to overcome? Absolutely not!
I believe that when us as Christians hear the word prosper our mind immediately goes to us financially prospering, but there are so many ways for us as Christians to prosper. We can prosper in wisdom that helps us to make smart decisions. We can prosper in our careers where we do a great job and we move up the ladder. We can prosper in our relationship with the Lord and have a rock that steadies us despite any storm.
All of us as Christians want to prosper and grow, but the fact is that it is not always easy. Like what was stated before Hezekiah prospered because He trusted the Lord. I don’t know about y’all but I don’t always do so great in this area. It is difficult when the storms of this life rage on to forget who we look to to calm them. At the end of the day though the only one that has the ability to calm the storm and prosper us in a multitude of ways is going to be our God.
PAT – HOWEVER!
Read 2 Kings 18:13 – The enemy came after him too and again.
- – in his 14th year – 10 years of silence and peace is ended
- What happened? Where did he come from? Why was it quiet all that time? And now this!
- Could it be that Hezekiah and the people of his nation were so blessed and experiencing the good life that they became comfortable and complacent? Maybe when the threat was still fresh on their minds they had around the clock men in the watchtower. (2 Kings 18:8)
- Not to take away from our blessings, we should enjoy them, but we must never forget the enemy is still just outside of our walls.
Taylor – would you want to talk about this being typical of a spiritual attack that when all is going well and we get comfortable in our blessings we start thinking we are safe from the attack of Satan?
Man that is scary to think about! It is also something that can take away our joy if you let it. So the question is how do you have God’s blessings and enjoy them and also constantly be aware of our enemy.
The first part of this is enjoying our blessings and God gives us blessings to enjoy them. I can very easily relate this to marriage. God’s Word is very clear about marriage and the blessing that it is, and it is. But the thing is that if you just sit back and enjoy the blessing and do nothing else that marriage might not seem like a blessing for long.
You have probably heard this before but marriage takes work and I know 100% that Satan is working very hard to destroy our marriages, so how do we keep this from happening? We are proactive and we put in the work. We go to marriage retreats, we read books, we have open communication with our marriage partner, and we safeguard ourselves from any inappropriate relationship with the opposite sex coming into our life. Even though we do all of these things to protect our marriage doesn’t mean that we don’t enjoy the blessing of marriage while we are in it.
I think the same can be true in any situation. We are aware and enjoy our blessings, but we have to always be willing to put a little extra energy into something in order to prepare for satan’s attacks.
The enemy’s letter – 2 Kings 19:10-13 – “Thus you shall speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying: ‘Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you, saying, “Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.” Look! You have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands by utterly destroying them; and shall you be delivered? Have the gods of the nations delivered those whom my fathers have destroyed, Gozan and Haran and Rezeph, and the people of Eden who were in Telassar? Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah?’ ”
I am stunned with the degree of arrogance – by this pagan king, but this kind of attack is meant to intimidate and cause Hezekiah to fear and doubt His God.
Taylor – would you want to talk about this being typical of a spiritual attack – Satan using earthly circumstances to stir up fear and doubt in us?
I can’t tell you how many times I have been encouraged in what God was teaching me or leading me in, and it is great until I let myself get into this world just a little bit where I am bombarded with doubt and fear. This can come from people in your life, the news, and maybe even just situations arise that makes your faith waiver. We have all experienced this at times.
Satan is incredibly devious, and he knows when you are encouraged and he knows how to make your faith waiver. Sometimes this can even come in the form of busyness. We are all incredibly busy these days, and I have heard this saying many times. If Satan can make you sin, he is going to make you really busy. I know that has been true in my life.
Satan knows if he can throw enough at you then your mind is not going to be filled with the things of God but the next activity you need to complete. This can leave you feeling exhausted and when our minds spend an extended amount of time not focused on God and his goodness and our ability to trust him then naturally fear and doubt will creep in.
Even in the middle of our busy schedules, we have got to try to make time for our God. This might mean turning off the radio in our cars to pray, turning off the TV and reading His word, and maybe rather than looking at the depressing and scary news look to Him to steady your heart. When you do these things, I believe that you will see your faith grow and you will find that doubt and fear is not so rampant in your mind.
I love Hezekiah’s response – 2 Kings 19:14-19
And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord. Then Hezekiah prayed before the Lord, and said: “O Lord God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Incline Your ear, O Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God. Truly, Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands, and have cast their gods into the fire; for they were not gods, but the work of men’s hands–wood and stone. Therefore they destroyed them. Now therefore, O Lord our God, I pray, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord God, You alone.”
Hezekiah’s response was prayer. He did not respond to the pagan king. He went to his King, the Lord God Almighty.
Prayer for salvation:
- Calls out and declares God, God alone.
How would our lives look different if when we were faced with a fearful situation rather than worrying about it or talking to somebody else about it, we go straight to our Lord to receive comfort? I know that this is something that I struggle with often. I so often look to this world and people in it to give me assurance than the God that has created everything and knows what will happen way before it happens.
This all boils down to our trust in the Lord. Hezekiah ultimately recognized that his salvation and deliverance was based on God alone. No one or nothing else could save him. Because of this he was able to go straight to the Lord and not stop to someone else to give him assurance. It is necessary for us to realize that no one else has the power to save us in this world. If we want our situation to change, we have to go to the one that has the power to change it first and foremost.
Hezekiah was also someone that didn’t let himself get in the way of him calling out to God. We are a generation of people that believe that we are capable of doing everything on our own, but Hezekiah realized that if he wanted to change the situation he had to call on God. Calling on God is a place of humility recognizing that we can’t do it all our self, we can’t save our self. Hezekiah was a king, a pretty prosperous and effective King but he wasn’t too proud to rely on God. No matter our situation, we will always be in need of our God.
- Pleads with God to hear and see.
God is always aware of our situation even before we are aware of our own situation, but that doesn’t mean that He doesn’t want to hear from us. God wants us to be the ones to talk with Him about our situations, because that shows that we have our faith and trust in Him.
It is important to know that God delights in our relationship with Him. I heard a pastor say once that God doesn’t need us to do His work on the Earth but He wants us. How wonderful a thought is that? That our God wants you for a specific purpose in His Kingdom and you were chosen for it. How will we be used though if we don’t lay everything out before Him.
So much of the time we don’t want to lay everything out before Him in our prayer life – maybe we are afraid to say what we fear the most – that that might come to pass if we acknowledge it, but laying everything out before God is the safest place we can bring all the worries and concerns of our heart. We also know when we do this that we are speaking to the only one that has the ability to change the situation, and even if the situation doesn’t change instantly I have found that hope occurs quickly just from the communication with Him.
- Prays for God to save them and God to be glorified.
I think it is important to point out here that not only did Hezekiah want God to save them, but He also wanted God to be glorified in the midst of this. How would God be glorified in this? He could be glorified just by the answering of his prayers, but he is glorified when we open our mouths and tell others about what He has done for us.
Even in the midst of all the struggles Hezekiah was not just focused on himself. He was more focused on God being glorified in the midst of their struggles. How often do we think about our ability to glorify God? I know for me not often. We are the tools that God uses to bring glory to himself and we so often don’t make a big deal of this.
What an awesome story! It only gets betters! So join us on our next podcast as we see the rest of Hezekiah’s story. There are so many lessons to learn from Hezekiah as we are on our quest for wholeness. Thank you for joining us! Remember that we want to hear from you about how this is helping you or any other topics we could address to help you from a biblical and counseling stand point. You can contact us through our web-site at onfire-ministries.org. And if you are local, you can contact Taylor through the Christian Counseling Center at White’s Ferry Road Church in West Monroe. Much love and blessings, from Taylor Draughn and Pat Domangue.