2 Kings Chapter 20

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2 Kings 20

1 In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.

Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto theLord, saying,

I beseech thee, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying,

Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord.

And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.

And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What shall be the sign that the Lord will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the Lord the third day?

And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have of the Lord, that the Lord will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?

10 And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees.

11 And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the Lord: and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz.

12 At that time Berodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah: for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick.

13 And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.

14 Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country, even from Babylon.

15 And he said, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All the things that are in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.

16 And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the Lord.

17 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith theLord.

18 And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.

19 Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good is the word of theLord which thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days?

20 And the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all his might, and how he made a pool, and a conduit, and brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

21 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers: and Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.

36 thoughts on “2 Kings Chapter 20

  1. Don’t be led by pride you will end up without anything.

    Pride will lead you wrong every time. If the King wouldn’t have showed them everything he had may be they would of not bother with them. They would think they had nothing of value, but since he went all out and showed EVERYTHING the world just had to steal it away.

    God has given us treasures upon treasures in our lives the most important one is the Holy Ghost and His word, and yes WE MUST SHARE them with the world; but please do it humbly and not prideful. If we are going to lead them to Christ we must put a side all arrogance and pride. We must do it through our humble walk with love and patience. If you do it with pride you might lose everything God has blessed you with.

    Matt 6:3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

    So when you do good, don’t boast to everyone what you are doing, for your reward is in Heaven and that is better than any admiration anyone can give on earth.

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    The Humble

    Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto theLord, saying,

    3 I beseech thee, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

    The Proud

    13 And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.

    The Truth

    16 And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the Lord.

  3. 20:2-3 What is Your Role? God did for the king what Hezekiah could not do for himself. Both God and Hezekiah knew their roles:

    HEZEKIAH’s ROLE 1.Maintain a humble heart. 2. Submit to God’s values. 3.Ask God to meet needs. 4. Stay faithful to the covenant.
    GOD’s ROLE: 1.Demonstrate grace and power. 2.Control the destiny of the land. 3. Respond to the needs of people . 4. Stay faithful to the covenant.

  4. Over a 100 year period of Judah’s history, Hezekiah was the only faithful king and because of his faith and prayer, God healed him and saved his city from the Assyrians. We can make a difference too. Faith and prayer, if they are sincere and directed toward the one true God, can change ANY situation.

  5. it seems strange that Hezekiah did not seem to care that his children would go into bondage as long as it did not effect him vs 19. It was he who did the wrong.

  6. THE HIGH COST OF ENTERTAINING BABYLON

    12 At that time Berodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah: for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick.
    13 And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.
    14 Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country, even from Babylon.
    15 And he said, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All the things that are in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.
    16 And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the Lord.
    17 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith theLord.

    It is amazing how quickly we forget or ignore the merciful, miraculous works of GOD. Hezekiah had been graciously given 15 extra years to live as a result of his faithfulness and willingness to call on the LORD. However like so many of us in certain situations, Hezekiah lowered his guard against carnality and the world.

    Babylon is a representation of the world, carnality, deception and entertainment are the driving forces behind the spirit of Babylon.

    1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

    Hezekiah lived long enough to be deceived;

    It all started with a gift!

    ***Be very cautious when you receive a gift from someone in the world.***

    The spirit of pride overcame Hesekiah as we showed all that he was blessed with. Apparently Hezekiah failed to give GOD the credit and the glory. When we fail to give GOD glory and credit it becomes entertainment which is driven by pride.

    The HIGH COST – his family, his sons, the next generation. We find this principal over and over again. Children pay the price for what poor decisions parents make.

    17 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith theLord.
    18 And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.

    Here is the evidence of pride –

    9 Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “If God says it, it must be good.” But he was thinking to himself, “It won’t happen during my lifetime—I’ll enjoy peace and security as long as I live.” MSG

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  7. Tick-Tock

    If you received a revelation/prophecy from God that you were going to die in two weeks would you have lived in such a way that you could declare unto God that you have done that which is good in His sight? How different would this chapter be had Hezekiah done that which was evil in the sight of God? What would you do with your remaining weeks? If I found myself in that scenario I believe I would live my remaining weeks giving my time, talent and treasure unto God… Oh wait, isn’t that what God is asking of us now?

    What if your prophecy was that all your wants and needs would be met? God offered you carte blanche; would you change the way you live for him today? I believe some of us would change. Not intentionally but change indeed. Hezekiah received his stay of execution and started showing off all the “things” he had. Let’s try and keep our focus on God’s will and plan and maybe if we receive bad news we can declare unto God we have lived righteous, to the best of our ability, and He will deliver us from the situation.

  8. v1And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.
    v2 Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD saying.
    v3 I beech thee, O LORD, remember now how I walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

    The psalmist David says that the LORD bottles up our tears. Thank GOD for the book. That’s what the scripture says.
    We must not be ashamed to cry to pour out our tears. The LORD bundles them up.
    HE knows the cry of HIS people.

    The LORD is so good to give us forewarning.
    We ought to thank every sunday school teacher that ever warn us about a place called hell , and every preacher that has stirred our hearts. They did it because they loved our souls. We are a blessed people to have a Pastor that teaches truth because he loves our souls.
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  9. This chapter illustrates trust. Hezekiah was wise to humble himself, pray to the Lord and trust in the Lord. Hezekiah was unwise to trust Berodachbaladan and show him his house and all that was within. One is wise to trust in the Lord, which is merely looking for faithfulness and a sincere heart. Moreover one must also be wise that the deceiver is seeking whom he may devour, which is all the more why one should; “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  10. Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. (Galatians 5:7-9 KJV)

    Hezekiah started out well, but somewhere along the line that spirit of pride snuck in and his heart began to change.

    (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.) (Proverbs 7:11, 12 KJV)

    The “strange woman” of pride is loud and stubborn, and once it gets down in your heart, it will try to out-shout the Word. Suddenly, you find yourself being lead around by the harlot of pride instead of being lead by the Spirit.

    With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life. (Proverbs 7:21-23 KJV)

  11. 1 In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.

    Hezekiah’s life was lengthed. How many promises have we made to God if he would lengthed our lives and when we got the prayer we prayed we forgot the promises we made to God? God is looking for strong men and women to spread his word to the lost.

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    The Lord hears our prayer

    5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord.

  13. 3 I beseech thee, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

    4 And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying,

    5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord.

    6 And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.

    While reading this I began to think of the book, Just One More Place. This book is the story of pioneer missionary to Alaska Bro. Kenneth French. Towards the end of his ministry Bro. French was in the hospital at the point of death, he could barely breath. I believe it was he national home missions director who came to visit him and let him know if he yelled through this, the UPCI wanted him to retire. Before the director could tell him anything Bro. French pulled out a map of Alaska with all the unreached areas coverd in black. Bro. French began to share his desire to reach this area when he was given the news, they wanted him to retire. Bro. French with tears in his eyes said bro., just one more place.

    Hezekiah had come to the end of his life, Gods prophet had already delivered Gods word , but Hezekiah cried out to God he had lived a good life, but there was more he could do. Because of Hezekiah crying out, the city was saved for 15 more years.

    So many of us desire to go to heaven and leave behind the problems of this world and rightly so, but how many of us will cry out on our deathbeds,just one more soul. God I know you have a better place for me, but I got a Bible study to teach. God I know there are people there waiting for me, but I got one more flier to pass out, one more door to knock on, one more revival to preach.

  14. Vs. 1-11. First, I would like to say, “Thank God for a man of God who listens to the voice of God.”

    Secondly, as I read these verses, it made me realize that king Hezekiah had some DOUBT in him about the things that the man of God (prophet Isaiah) had spoken to him. Instead of just believing the word, he had to have a sign that God was going to really do these things in his life. God gave him a sign by turning the shadow ten degrees backwards.

    In St. John 4:48, Jesus told the nobleman, whose son was sick in Capernaum, “Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.”

    Sometimes, we really are no different. It just made me think that it is time to start listening to the man of God (Pastor) when he speaks to us, and believe the words he speaks without doubting.

    I CHOOSE to Believe !

  15. 20-11
    I found this verse interesting
    THE STAIRWAY OF AHAZ
    This is the eariiest known clock in this scripture. A pole was placed so that its shadow traveled down a staircase graduated to show the passage of the hours. To have the shadow reverse itself and move back up the stairs was a clear miracle and was a confirming sign.

  16. 5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord.

    6 And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.

    This is a beautiful scripture I love it because Hezekia thru his prayers and sacrifice was actually able to change the mind of God and have 15 more years added to his life. It shows the power of prayer and that our request really do matter to God.

  17. Seeking a sign.

    9 And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have of the Lord, that the Lord will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?
    10 And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees.

    Why do we always seek for a sign to make sure that it’s God talking? As a young child I remember a couple of times when I asked God for a sign for things in my life. Hezekiah thought it be easier for God to make the earth go forward, so that’s why he wanted the earth to go backward. He failed to remember that God was the one that created all things. I don’t think nothing is wrong when we want a sign from God, and yet sometimes God doesn’t give us a sign to see where our faith is. I know many times when I asked God for a sign, and He didn’t give me one. I had prayed and asked why didn’t I get a sign? God replied and said,” Don’t you have faith in me enough to trust whatever I do is the right thing for your life?” I had to repent because I then realized that I did not have the faith. Have faith that God is always in control.

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  18. Hezekiah was healed by God with a poultice of figs. But he put to much trust in man also. When he revealed all his riches to the men Of Babylon,Isaiah prophecied that he would lose it all. Matt 7:6 Do not waste what is holy on people that are unholy. Do not throw your pearls before swine. They will trample them under their feet and turn and tear you to pieces.

  19. 7. And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

    God can use ordinary objects to do extraordinary things.

    2 Kings 4:2
    And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.

    2 Kings 6:6
    And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim.

    The examples are far too many to list, I just pray that I don’t dismiss something God is trying to use because it seems too ordinary!

  20. 12 At that time Berodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah: for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick.

    13 And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.

    After all the good that King Hezekiah has done-as well as his humblness when sick unto death- he now does such an unwise thing-allow total strangers scope out all the treasures of his house! Flattering words of concern from the King of Babylon concerning his illness should not have fooled him! In this day & time a neighboring King wants to own your lands, so you don’t show a potential enemy what you’ve got! Had he inquired of the Lord or inquired of Isaiah, he could have avoided the judgement headed his way.

  21. 13 And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.

    14 Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country, even from Babylon.

    15 And he said, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All the things that are in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.

    We should guard our hearts from the enemy. The enemy comes to steal those things that God has laid upon our hearts. We should diligently watch over those things and invest them in the kingdom of God

    For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. -Matthew 6:21

  22. Judgement came to Hezekiah’s house. He responded correctly by humbling himself and God gave mercy and extended his life.

    Yet Hezekiah’s heart was not truly devoted to God. He responded to this man from Babylon by showing him the hidden secrets.

    In other words he opened himself up to the world and not to the Lord. God is a jealous God and we not share his glory with any.

    Hezekiah kept a friendship with the world and so his life went that direction.

    We must choose what we want; the babylon system, or the kingdom of God.

  23. 5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord.

    Our God is a God of second chances! Blessed to have his unconditional love! 🙂

  24. Because of a man who was humble enough to get on his knees and pray for a longer lifeline to a city, people were saved. Some may have not deserved it but because of one man who asked God to terry they were saved. What would happen if the church were to pray for God to spare the lives of a city (Fort Worth)!

  25. What a roller coaster ride! Hezekiah’s hears that he’s gonna die… (Immediately) reaches out to God, humbly mentions his faithfullness and whole hearted devotion, in his prayer he goes before God and “wept bitterly”. I was interested in why Hezekiah wanted a ‘sign’ from God to show that he would ultimately not die, but now i see that he is seeking reassurance. Isaiah olbiges, prophesying that the Lord will alter the shadow on the sundial by ten steps. To explain how God accomplished this miracle is divine and past our understanding and better understood as a miracle. Perhaps he even, as many have long suggested, reveresed the earths rotation- after all, the one who created the universe can cause his creation to change in any way He chooses! No matter how He accomplishes this supernatural resetting of the world ‘clock’ God fulfills his promise through an imressive display of his power over the natural world. God shows us and Hezekiah, that he is ultimately the One in control of All 🙂

  26. With being blessed and having Gods favor we must be aware of our pride level. We must have a pure heart at all times. You never know when the Lord might be testing to see what’s in our hearts.

    2 Chron 32:31 Howbeit in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire of the wonder that was done in the land, God left him, to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart.

  27. Michael-The man told him he was not going to live and then he prayed and the man told him he would be well again in three days.

    Joseph-It talked about his family and the thoughted about he died.

    Nicole–v13 hezekiah showed the people of Babylon everything
    V17-18 he eard all of his possessions and even his children would go away to babylon.
    V19 he said the word of the Lord was good

    I don’t know many people today that would say that the Lord was good if they were told that the Lord was going to take all of their things and their children away from them. Hezekiah said the word was good because it was God’s word, it was truth, and it was peace. I’m not sure that people today would receive that word with peace if they heard all their treasures and their family would be taken from them.

  28. 1 In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.

    2 Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto theLord, saying,

    3 I beseech thee, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

    4 And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying,

    5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord.

    Hezekiah had such a great relationship with the Lord that he changed his own future. God spoke to get his household in order his time was coming to an end, and he besought the Lord for more time and was granted his request. Unfortunately as we study out the remainder years of Hezekiah we find that it would have been better for him to go when the Lord said time was up, because he allowed things into his life that his life no longer pleased the Lord. Makes me wonder sometimes when God says no to us and we continually beg and plead, and God allows it because we have desired it and it becomes sin to our lives, how it makes God feel. Lord help us to trust God enough when He says no or not now that we become satisfied with his answer and not go around about to make it happen anyway. It could cost us our salvation and a different ending to our story.

  29. Hezekiah was a prayer warrior the Lord heard his plea for his life. How awesome to know that God hears our prayers. It takes great faith and trust in God to allow his works fall upon us when we ask him in prayer what our wishes are. God loves us so much that he is willing to change his mind just to make us happy. Lord you are mighty and awesome God. Thank you Lord for blessing me and teaching me the power of prayer.

  30. This chapter showed how Hezekiah turned and faced God in prayer after hearing what Isaiah had spoken to him. God heared his prayer and added not only fifteen years to his life; but, protection from the king of Assyria and a shield of covering for his city. Wow, our prayers CAN change our city! We must be careful though to remember and stayed focused on God who did, can and will be bringing that protection and covering. We cannot allow pride, over confidence or think that we brought forth those changes. For it is not about us; but, completely and totally about him!

  31. To be in the Lord’s favor is a feeling unlike any other. Hezekiah found favor with God. He asked God to do something for him and the prophet turned back around and told him what thus said the Lord. It takes someone close to God to catch his attention like that. This is where our relationship with God has to be close one. We shouldn’t let anyone get in the way of the connection we have with God.

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