Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
Imperfect Heroes (Part 38)
Hezekiah became king when he was twenty-five years old, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Abijah the daughter of Zechariah. And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David had done.
2 Chronicles 29:1-2 (NIV)
Regarding Israel's and Judah's kings, few of them are described as righteous kings. Most of them got into idol worship. Seduced by symbols of power and wealth, they forgot the supremacy of God and ignored His guidelines of governance.
But one godly king was Hezekiah. While his father, King Ahaz, was evil, Hezekiah revered the Lord above. He reopened Jerusalem's temple, reinstated God's order of priesthood, resumed the holiest of holidays and removed all forms of idolatry.
Nevertheless, at the end of his reign, he got proud and showed off his possessions to some dignitaries from Babylon. This set up a terrible invasion (which would hit Israel after his death).
What can we learn from King Hezekiah?*
1) Like Hezekiah, you're called to exceed the mistakes of previous church leaders: those who forgot the example of Christ and ignored His guidelines of governance.
2) Unlike Hezekiah, don't flaunt your stuff. Inspiring jealousy allows Satan too much access to the things you cherish. Remember: Jesus only showed off God.
To Be Continued...
* Hezekiah loved God, did heroic things and received many miracles. I believe his mistake at the end was forgiven.
* Short article: What can we learn from the life of Hezekiah? https://www.gotquestions.org/life-Hezekiah.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.