Story 28 - Hezekiah

When we looked at the story of King Solomon we saw how God’s nation, made up of 12 tribes became divided into 2 kingdoms, Israel to the North and Judah to the South.

Hezekiah was the King of Judah. He was a good king, and trusted God. His father, King Ahaz was not. He was wicked and disobeyed God’s laws. He closed the doors of the great temple in Jerusalem and encouraged his people to worship false gods, allowing them to build altars on every street corner in Jerusalem. After he died, his son Hezekiah, became king and did not follow his father’s bad example. He tore down the altars to the false gods and opened up the doors of the temple and had it repaired and cleared out anything ungodly.

The kingdom of Assyria invaded the northern kingdom, Israel, captured some of the Israelites and took them back to Assyria to be their slaves. Later Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, attacked some cities in Judah and captured them. 

He then threatened King Hezekiah. “Surrender or face certain defeat and death. As the gods of the surrounding nations could not protect them from my might, nor will your god be able to protect you.” The prophet Isaiah told Hezekiah not to be afraid.  God will deliver Israel from the Assyrians. The threat from Sennacherib was repeated by letter and so Hezekiah went to the temple with it, opened it and prayed to God, asking for protection.

That very night God sent an angel to go through the Assyrian camp and 185,000 soldiers died!  In the morning when Sennacherib saw that 185,000 of his soldiers had died he went back to his home in Nineveh.

Sennacherib was unsuccessful in conquering Jerusalem and he himself was killed quite soon after by his own sons!

Later, King Hezekiah became very sick.  Isaiah the prophet visited him and told him to get everything sorted out as he was going to die.  In his bed Hezekiah, cried, turned to the wall and prayed. God heard Hezekiah’s prayer and healed him of his sickness and he lived for another 15 years.

 

 

 

Now:
King Hezekiah was faithful to God, obeyed his laws and worshipped only him.
When things were difficult he prayed, telling God how he felt,  that he was afraid, he even cried.
God listened.
Are you honest when you talk to God?
I have found it such a relief to pour out my thoughts and feelings to him.
He created me and knows exactly what I am like, so he knows anyway.
He likes to hear me talk to him though. If you don’t already, why not give it a try?