TEXTS AND APPLICATION: These chapters tell the story of Hezekiah’s illness and miraculous recovery. Through the prophet Isaiah, God sent word to the king that he was about to die. Hezekiah prayed and wept, and God granted him 15 more years of life (2 Kgs. 20:6). The king who had been faithful to this point was granted additional years to be a faithful witness for God.
In apparent arrogance, though, Hezekiah displayed all his wealth before the son of the king of Babylon, and he may well have considered a treaty with the Babylonians against the Assyrians.
2 Kgs. 20:13 Hezekiah gave them a hearing and showed them his whole treasure house—the silver, the gold, the spices, and the precious oil—and his armory, and everything that was found in his treasuries. There was nothing in his palace and in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them.
PRAYER: Pray with me that all of us will give God our best today, knowing that we live only because of His grace.
TOMORROW’S READING: 2 Chronicles 32-33