What was so important about Hezekiah that the other kings did not possess? Why was his position as King going to be any different from the other named Kings before him?
II Kings 18:1-3 now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah King of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz King of Judah began to reign. Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. His motherís name also was Abi, the daughter of Zachariah. And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his father did.
Hezekiah name itself means Jehovah strengthened. What was it God strengthen him for that no other King had? Why was he different? What was so significant about this man? Hezekiah was the son of Ahaz, the King of Judah the son and successor of Jotham. Ahaz was only 20 years old when he began to reign and reigned as King of Judah for 16 years. Ahaz like many other Kings before him refused the divine help or aid of the Prophet Isaiah. Instead he called upon Tiglathpilerser the King of Assyria for help to go against the enemy Pekah, king of Israel and Rezin King of Syria. Rather than have the favor of God through the Prophet God sent him he earned the prophetís condemnation. Ahaz was a worshiper of false gods and a lover of foreign fashions. This man went on his own because he refused the guidance of the Lord through his prophet Isaiah which was the beginning of the end for his kingdom.
Ahaz didnít put God first or the people he ruled; it was all about him and what he wanted. He was a descendent of Jonathan (I Chronicles 8:35, 9:42)
Isaiah 7:10-moreover the Lord spake again unto Ahaz saying, ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God: ask it either in the depth, or in the height above. But Ahaz said I will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord. And he said, hear ye now, O house of David; it is a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call his name Immanuel. Gutter and honey shall he eat that he may know to refuse the evil and choose the good. For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings. The Lord shall bring upon thee and upon thy people, and upon thy fatherís house, days that have not come, from the day that Ephraim departed from Judah even the King of Assyria.
Because he refused the orders given to the Prophet for his kingship from the Lord he found himself in a cursed state. Isaiah went on to tell him that it shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria. And they shall come and shall rest all of them in the desolate valleys and in the holes of the rocks and upon all thorns and upon all bushes. David told Ahaz that everything he touched would turn sour. God purpose is not to be resisted under any circumstances and this is the mess Hezekiah walked into after Ahaz kingship. Hezekiah was much unlike his predecessor, Ahaz. He was a devout follower of the Lord, abolished idol-worship, destroyed the places dedicated to idolatry, and broke in pieces the brazen serpent of Moses, which had become and object of idolatrous worship.
What made Hezekiah special? He was special because with God obedience always catches his attention. With God obedience rains down favor upon man from heaven. What makes a manís position matter to God? Itís when he walks in a position of obedience to Godís Word and Spirit. It matters when the position we take in whatever position God has put to our charge to do the right thing no matter what other strange position it puts us in.
Hezekiah was an ancestor of Zephaniah, a Kohathite Levite, and ancestor of the Prophet Samuel. He came through a lineage of prophets that had a record of work performed before the great reforms of Josiah. These Kings therefore knew the Lord and what they should do and should not do. Hezekiah was a King that wanted to please God. The position he took to stand for God was an important one not only to him and God but to the people also. Hezekiah wanted the truth of righteousness to reign again in the land. He knew that God would again pour out his wrath against Israel, Syria, and Judah because of unrighteous decrees that had been written and prescribed only grief. Those decrees very much like some of those written today would turn aside the needy and take away the rights from the poor; taking from the widows and robbing the fatherless.
Hezekiah had a connection to God and God sent him to a hypocritical nation and against the people of my wrath with a charge to take the spoil and take the prey and to tread them down like the mire of the streets. God is not to be toyed around with. What was special with Hezekiah to God is Hezekiah knew how to obey and follow Godís lead. He would do what God said no matter the cost. God wants somebody that will not be ashamed to stand against sin; unrighteousness. He wanted someone that was going to abolish idolatry. God has work for us to do and we are playing around with our souls while we play games with our salvation. Tomorrow is not promised. We must take a note from Hezekiah and get busy about the Lordís business. We already know that there is only a remnant that will be saved. We know the root we extend from is that of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is Christ that laid the foundation we are to follow. We are to follow him as he followed the Father and the Spirit. We are that remnant left here in the earth to take care of the business Jesus left for us to do. God wants us to overflow in his righteousness in this land we now live in.
The yoke destroying done in our lives are not ours but Godís anointing that destroys all yokes. Jesus came to us of the branch of Jesse and He grew out of the roots of righteousness. The spirit of the Lord was upon him and will be on us to as it was on Hezekiah. We too can have that spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. When we fear God He makes us to have a quick understanding. God will not judge us after the sight of his eyes but according to our hearts. He will neither reprove after the hearing of his ears, but with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. Hezekiah had this kind of connection with God but do we as the people of God want that same connection? Hezekiahís righteousness was the girdle of his loins, and his faithfulness was the girdle of his reins. Nothing could touch him for he was well covered by the blood of Jesus; yet Jesus had not come yet. In our waiting possess we our souls to the coming of Jesus Christ.
Hezekiah was special to God for God used him to bring restoration to his people. Hezekiah at this time would be the conduit used to destroy idolatry. Through the course of his reign he was overtaken and delivered tributes to Assyria as they demanded. Some said we are not to be deceived by Hezekiah for he would not be able to deliver the people out of the Assyrian hands. The people were also told that they should not trust Hezekiahís God that He should deliver them out of harmís way. People will mock us when it seems they have won a victory over us; when things seem hopeless but this is the time that God will use to work on our behalf. Hezekiah didnít give up, he sent for the prophet Isaiah. Not only that but he went into the house of the Lord stripped naked and empty before the Lord entreating God for the people. Hezekiah received strength from the Lord for the people were weak and faint.
God will cause our enemies to be still when we turn all of our cares over to Him. Not only did Hezekiah send for Isaiah the Prophet but he went down in prayer. In II Kings 19:14-19 and Hezekiah received a letter from the King of Assyria at the hand of messengers and read it; and then he went up into the house of the Lord and spread it before the Lord and he prayed before the Lord and said, O Lord God of Israel, which dwellest between the cherubims, thou are the God even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth. Lord bow down thine ear and hear; open Lord thine eyes and see and hear the words of Sepmacherib, which hath sent him to reproach the living God. Of a truth, Lord, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the nations and their lands and have cast their gods into the fire; for they were no gods, but the work of menís hands, wood and stone therefore they have destroyed them. Now therefore, O Lord our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the Lord God, even thou only. What would we have done?
But God had a word he sent back to Hezekiah through the prophet Isaiah; thus saith the Lord God of Israel, that which thou has prayed to me against Sennacherib King of Assyria I have heard. Therefore thus said the Lord concerning the King of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, or shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it. By the way that he came, by the same shall he return and shall not come into this city, said the Lord. For I will defend this city, to save it for mine own sake and for my servant Davidís sake; God will do it for us too when we give our all to Him.
Hezekiah was special to God. He knew how to entreat God in prayer. He knew how to go to God first. He donít try to figure it out, he knows that God has this battle as all of the others. Hezekiah was so special to God. God sent him word to get his house in order because he was surely going to die II Kings 20:1. He turned his face to the wall and began to talk to God. Sometime we need to shun people and what they say and talk to God for ourselves. God because of Hezekiahís righteous response to the message Isaiah brought him from the Lord lengthened his days. Hezekiah was special in that he didnít think it was wrong to remind God of all the things he was and had done for Godís sake. He begged God to remember how he had walked before Him in truth and with a perfect heart and had done all that was good in Godís sight. Hezekiah cried because truly if anybody was on his side, he needed God to be.
The Hezekiah connection with God was one of great relationship. Not only did God heal him and add fifteen years of life to him, he promised that He would deliver the land and city out of the hands of the King of Assyria and I will defend it for Davidís sake. Hezekiah had instructions though he had to follow. For best results follow the instructions of God. Hezekiah died however ending his reign. His son Manasseh reigned in his place and brought back all of the idolatry his father had rid of. The anointing had departed Jerusalem again at the hand of an idolatrous King. King Manasseh unlike his father had no God connection and desired none. He once again reared up altars in the Lordís house for Baal. He made his own son pass through the fire and observed times ad used enchantments and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards; he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the Lord, to provoke God to anger. Manasseh set a graven image of the grove that he had made in the house, of which the Lord said to David and to Solomon his son, in this house, and in Jerusalem which I have chosen out of all tribes of Israel will I put my name forever. God spoke but the connection was broken and the people did more evil than they had done before.
That Hezekiah Connection was one of righteousness, holiness, sanctification, and promise. Do we have this connection with God? Do we want to be connected in right relationship with God forever? We can with His love abounding in us!