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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Bible Lesson: Answered Prayer: Hezekiah Prays For A Miracle.

Bible Lesson: Answered Prayer: Hezekiah Prays For A Miracle.

Subject Of Prayer: Hezekiah Prays For Healing From Illness.

Bible Text: II Kings 20:

II Kings 20:1-11 NLT (See also: Isaiah 38:1-8 NLT)
20 About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill, and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to visit him. He gave the king this message: “This is what The Lord says: Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die. You will not recover from this illness.”
2 When Hezekiah heard this, he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord,

3 “Remember, O Lord, how I have always been faithful to you and have served you single-mindedly, always doing what pleases you.” Then he broke down and wept bitterly.

4 But before Isaiah had left the middle courtyard, this message came to him from The Lord:
5 “Go back to Hezekiah, the leader of My people. Tell him, ‘This is what The Lord, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you, and three days from now you will get out of bed and go to the Temple of The Lord.

6 I will add fifteen years to your life, and I will rescue you and this city from the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my own honor and for the sake of My servant David.’”

7 Then Isaiah said, “Make an ointment from figs.” So Hezekiah’s servants spread the ointment over the boil, and Hezekiah recovered!

8 Meanwhile, Hezekiah had said to Isaiah, “What sign will The Lord give to prove that He will heal me and that I will go to the Temple of The Lord three days from now?”
9 Isaiah replied, “This is the sign from The Lord to prove that He will do as He promised. Would you like the shadow on the sundial to go forward ten steps or backward ten steps?”
10 “The shadow always moves forward,” Hezekiah replied, “so that would be easy. Make it go ten steps backward instead.”
11 So Isaiah the prophet asked The Lord to do this, and He caused the shadow to move ten steps backward on the sundial of Ahaz!

Isaiah 38:7,8 NLT
7 “‘And this is the sign from The Lord to prove that He will do as He promised:
8 I will cause the sun’s shadow to move ten steps backward on the sundial of Ahaz!’” So the shadow on the sundial moved backward ten steps.

Having been healed, due to King Hezekiah's incessant prayer, he then went on to do two significant things.

Entertained Babylonian Envoys, Boasting Of His Great Wealth.

II Kings 20:12-21 NLT
Envoys from Babylon (See also: Isaiah 39:1-8 NLT)
12 Soon after this, Merodach-baladan son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent Hezekiah his best wishes and a gift, for he had heard that Hezekiah had been very sick.
13 Hezekiah received the Babylonian envoys and showed them everything in his treasure-houses—the silver, the gold, the spices, and the aromatic oils. He also took them to see his armory and showed them everything in his royal treasuries! There was nothing in his palace or kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them.

14 Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and asked him, “What did those men want? Where were they from?” Hezekiah replied, “They came from the distant land of Babylon.”
15 “What did they see in your palace?” Isaiah asked. “They saw everything,” Hezekiah replied. “I showed them everything I own—all my royal treasuries.”

16 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Listen to this message from The Lord:
17 The time is coming when everything in your palace—all the treasures stored up by your ancestors until now—will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says The Lord.
18 Some of your very own sons will be taken away into exile. They will become eunuchs who will serve in the palace of Babylon’s king.”

19 Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “This message you have given me from The Lord is good.” For the king was thinking, “At least there will be peace and security during my lifetime.”

20 The rest of the events in Hezekiah’s reign, including the extent of his power and how he built a pool and dug a tunnel to bring water into the city, are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Judah.
21 Hezekiah died, and his son Manasseh became the next king.

The second thing King Hezekiah did in his extended 15 years of life, was to sire a son, named Manasseh.

The Biblical record regarding Hezekiah's son Manasseh.

II Kings 21:1-18 NLT (Manasseh Rule in Judah.)
1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years. His mother was Hephzibah.
2 He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, following the detestable practices of the pagan nations that The Lord had driven from the land ahead of the Israelites.
3 He rebuilt the pagan shrines his father, Hezekiah, had destroyed. He constructed altars for Baal and set up an Asherah pole, just as King Ahab of Israel had done. He also bowed before all the powers of the heavens and worshiped them.
4 He built pagan altars in the Temple of The Lord, the place where The Lord had said, “My name will remain in Jerusalem forever.”
5 He built these altars for all the powers of the heavens in both courtyards of The Lord’s Temple.
6 Manasseh also sacrificed his own son in the fire. He practiced sorcery and divination, and he consulted with mediums and psychics. He did much that was evil in The Lord’s sight, arousing his anger.
7 Manasseh even made a carved image of Asherah and set it up in the Temple, the very place where
The Lord had told David and his son Solomon: “My name will be honored forever in this Temple and in Jerusalem—the city I have chosen from among all the tribes of Israel.
8 If the Israelites will be careful to obey My commands—all the laws My servant Moses gave them—I will not send them into exile from this land that I gave their ancestors.”
9 But the people refused to listen, and Manasseh led them to do even more evil than the pagan nations that The Lord had destroyed when the people of Israel entered the land.

10 Then The Lord said through His servants the prophets:
11 “King Manasseh of Judah has done many detestable things. He is even more wicked than the Amorites, who lived in this land before Israel. He has caused the people of Judah to sin with his idols. 12 So this is what The Lord, The God Of Israel, says: I will bring such disaster on Jerusalem and Judah that the ears of those who hear about it will tingle with horror.
13 I will judge Jerusalem by the same standard I used for Samaria and the same measure I used for the family of Ahab. I will wipe away the people of Jerusalem as one wipes a dish and turns it upside down. 14 Then I will reject even the remnant of My own people who are left, and I will hand them over as plunder for their enemies.
15 For they have done great evil in My sight and have angered Me ever since their ancestors came out of Egypt.”

16 Manasseh also murdered many innocent people until Jerusalem was filled from one end to the other with innocent blood. This was in addition to the sin that he caused the people of Judah to commit, leading them to do evil in The Lord’s sight.

17 The rest of the events in Manasseh’s reign and everything he did, including the sins he committed, are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Judah.
18 When Manasseh died, he was buried in the palace garden, the garden of Uzza. Then his son Amon became the next king.

The story:
King Hezekiah had a illness that would of caused his death, death that Hezekiah believed was sent by
The Lord.

Isaiah 38:15 NLT
But what could I say? For He Himself sent this sickness..."

Hezekiah, refused The Lord's death sentence.
Hezekiah was healed, and pridefully flaunted Israel's wealth to a nation that would, remember it all very well, and carry God's people and their wealth away to Babylon.
And King Hezekiah in his life extension, sired a son who would be the most evil king of Israel.

Can God, send illness?

(All you dear saints of The Lord, and dear friends of TBPL have written long ago this verse in the flyleaf of your Bible, if not do so now.)

Psalm 145:17 KJV
The Lord is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works.

God, does not answer to man, man answers to Him.

Romans 11:33-35 NLT
33 Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand His decisions and His ways!
34 For who can know The Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to give Him advice?
35 And who has given Him so much that He needs to pay it back?

“But, Pastor, aren't we to pray incessantly?”

Matthew 7:7,8 KJV
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

But, we must be very careful to ask according to The Word, and The Will of God!

Did King Hezekiah, ask The Lord, if death was His will for him at that time?
No. (Had The Living God, seen King Hezekiah's future and tried to spare him?)

“Pastor, what are you saying, can God give us our prayer request, even if it is – not – His will for us?”

Yes, if we bawl like a baby, and demand our own way, He may just give it to us.

Psalm 106:15 KJV
And He gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.

Psalm 106:13-15 NLT
13 Yet how quickly they forgot what He had done! They wouldn’t wait for His counsel!
14 In the wilderness their desires ran wild, testing God’s patience in that dry wasteland.
15 So He gave them what they asked for, but He sent a plague along with it.

“Pastor, please tell us, what does all this mean?”

Yes, that is the question alright, and the answer is, when we pray, we first of all, must know what
The Word Of God says, and secondly, we must take the time to ask The Lord, if it is His will for us!
Thirdly, we must be honestly thankful for His answer, whether it is the answer we want, or not!