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Hezekiah, Judah’s Faithful King

Israel was God’s chosen people, the only nation on earth that was directly under the leadership of God. Beginning with Moses, God chose leaders with whom He communicated messages to Israel. These leaders would consult God regarding decisions and await God’s verbal response before proceeding. This did not last, however, as the people of Israel became dissatisfied. They compared themselves to other nations and wanted to be like them. They wanted to have a king to rule them and fight for them. What a strange request as they already had the King of all Kings doing that for them!

Their pursuit for what they considered a “perfect” king began with Saul. Saul immediately began to do things his own way. His not-so-perfect reign ended with him falling on his own sword. King David was next, and although he sought after God, he, too, was imperfect. Many kings of Israel would come and go, some righteous and many wicked, but there was no perfect king to be found. They already had a perfect king under God’s leadership, but they were blinded by dissatisfaction and covetousness.

Their pursuit for a perfect king ended in hopelessness and despair. It was a futile pursuit, as there was no perfect earthly king. The only perfect king would be one with no sin. In Isaiah 9:6–7, God describes the perfect king

and a perfect kingdom: “Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that tim

e on and forever.” Isaiah’s prophecy was referring to the coming of Jesus Christ, the promised

Messiah. He is the perfect King because He is perfect.

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Review: Last week, we learned King Ahaz was confronted by the prophet Isaiah with a message from God. Ahaz was a wicked king who did not follow the ways of the Lord. Ahaz was terrified because Judah was threatened with an attack. Isaiah told Ahaz not to be afraid, but Ahaz did not believe. His faith was weak because he did not live right in the eyes of the Lord.

What sign did God give to Ahaz? God promised to send a Son who would be called Immanuel, meaning “God with us.”

Scripture Reading: Reading God’s Word is the most important part of family worship. If you don’t have time to do anything else, be sure to do this section.   2 Kings 18:3–6; 13–16; 19:14–19; 32–37.

Memory Verse: Isaiah 53:6: “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way, and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all”

TALK

Hezekiah was king to the Southern Kingdom, Judah. Hezekiah was a righteous king who kept the commands of the Lord. He led Judah back to worshipping the true God.

  • What does verse 7 say is the result of Hezekiah’s faithfulness to God?
    • The Lord was with him and he was successful in whatever he did.
      • If the Bible recorded your life, what would it say about you? Would you be listed among those who did right in the eyes of the Lord or among those who did not follow the ways of the Lord?
      • Following Hezekiah’s example, what can you do to be among those who follow God? What “false idols” in your life need to be destroyed?
  • In 2 Kings 18:3–6 we are introduced to King Hezekiah, son of Ahaz. How does the Bible describe Hezekiah?
    • He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord; destroyed false idols and high places of worship; he trusted in the Lord God of Israel; there was no other king of Judah like him.
  • Although Hezekiah was a righteous king, he was not perfect. What did Hezekiah do when the king of Assyria (Sennacherib) attacked and captured the fortified cities of Judah?
    • Hezekiah apologized to Sennacherib and offered him money to leave Judah alone. Sennacherib demanded a huge amount of money—more money than Hezekiah had.
  • What did Hezekiah do to get all the money?
    • He took all the silver and gold that was for the temple of the Lord; he even stripped off the gold that covered the doors and doorposts of the temple. Hezekiah allowed fear to control his decisions. He put his trust in himself instead of the Almighty God.

 

  • Hezekiah was confident that God would protect Judah from its enemies. He used successful strategies to encourage His people and to defeat the enemy:
    • Hezekiah humbled himself before the Lord (2 Kings 18:37–19:2).
    • Hezekiah sought godly counsel (2 Kings 19:2–4).
    • Hezekiah took his troubles to the Lord (2 Kings 19:14–19).
    • Hezekiah trusted God to defend him as He promised (2 Kings 19:34).

The same strategies used by Hezekiah can be used by those in God’s army today against the enemy, the Devil. In order to be a part of God’s army, you must first accept Jesus as your Savior (see Basics of Salvation page in back of this guide). God can be trusted to hear and answer our prayers according to His will. His answers are far greater than what we would expect or think possible.

PRAY

Humble yourself before the Lord acknowledging Him as the Almighty God

Bring any requests you have before God

Trust God to answer your requests in His way and His time

 

DO

Arm wrestle with your kids and other family members. Have fun but donʼt hurt anyone. Ask: “How easy was it to arm wrestle me? How easy do you think it would be if you

could arm wrestle God? Do you think I could win an arm-wrestling contest against God?”

Invite your family to think of things that are very strong. Make a list. Ask: “Is God stronger than all of these things?” Read John 10:27-29. Talk about Godʼs ability to keep those who love Him secure in His plan.

Recall the fact that Hezekiah was a king who understood that his sin separated him from God. Hezekiah became sorry for his sin, and God forgave Hezekiah. Hezekiah led the people of Judah to worship God like they were supposed to.

Spend some time worshiping God by singing and through prayer.

(Vista Dublin lesson: April 19th, Vista Worthington: May 3rd)