NHezekiah is really sick and Isaiah tells him he is about to die. So Hezekiah cries out to the Lord and the Lord says He will heal him, add 15 years to his life, and deliver him and the city from the Assyrians for the Lord’s sake and the sake of His servant David.
The Lord’s favor is upon Hezekiah. “But Hezekiah did not repay according to the favor shown him, for his heart was lifted up; therefore wrath was looming over him and over Judah and Jerusalem.”
Now Hezekiah has great riches and honor. So when the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon come to check out Judah and all the wonders done there, God withdraws from Hezekiah, “in order to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart”. See God knows that success is causing a major pride problem in the heart of Hezekiah. So when the men from Babylon come to Jerusalem, an arrogant Hezekiah eagerly, “showed them all the house of his treasures…There was nothing in his house or in all his dominion that Hezekiah did not show them”. 🤦♀️
Isaiah rebukes Hezekiah for this foolish act. Isaiah tells him that there will be a day when all that is in Hezekiah’s house will be carried off to Babylon. “And they shall take away some of your sons who will descend from you…and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.”
And Hezekiah’s response to this terrible news – “The word of the Lord which you have spoken is good! For he said, ‘Will there not be peace and truth at least in my days?’” What!?!?🙄 Ok, we see Hezekiah…all is good if you have peace regardless of what will happen to your sons. 😏
Well, as always, what the Lord said will come to pass. Later in the Story we will discover that “…Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God…Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace…Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah.” (Daniel 1)
But we aren’t there yet so keep reading.
(2 Kings 20:1-11, Isaiah 38:1-8, 2 Chronicles 32:24-31, Isaiah 38:9-22, 2 Kings 20:12-19, Isaiah 39:1-8)