2 Kings 20
In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die; you shall not recover.’” 2 Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, saying, 3 “Now, O Lord, please remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
4 And before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: 5 “Turn back, and say to Hezekiah the leader of my people, Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord, 6 and I will add fifteen years to your life. I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this city for my own sake and for my servant David's sake.”
7 And Isaiah said, “Bring a cake of figs. And let them take and lay it on the boil, that he may recover.”
8 And Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “What shall be the sign that the Lord will heal me, and that I shall go up to the house of the Lord on the third day?”
9 And Isaiah said, “This shall be the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do the thing that he has promised: shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or go back ten steps?”
10 And Hezekiah answered, “It is an easy thing for the shadow to lengthen ten steps. Rather let the shadow go back ten steps.”
11 And Isaiah the prophet called to the Lord, and he brought the shadow back ten steps, by which it had gone down on the steps of Ahaz.
12 At that time Merodach-baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent envoys with letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that Hezekiah had been sick. 13 And Hezekiah welcomed them, and he showed them all his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his armory, all that was found in his storehouses. There was nothing in his house or in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them.
14 Then Isaiah the prophet came to King Hezekiah, and said to him, “What did these men say? And from where did they come to you?” And Hezekiah said, “They have come from a far country, from Babylon.”
15 He said, “What have they seen in your house?” And Hezekiah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house; there is nothing in my storehouses that I did not show them.”
16 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord: 17 Behold, the days are coming, when all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have stored up till this day, shall be carried to Babylon. Nothing shall be left, says the Lord. 18 And some of your own sons, who shall be born to you, shall be taken away, and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” 19 Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the Lord that you have spoken is good.” For he thought, “Why not, if there will be peace and security in my days?”
20 The rest of the deeds of Hezekiah and all his might and how he made the pool and the conduit and brought water into the city, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 21 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and Manasseh his son reigned in his place.
And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.”
Jesus gave us so many signs, to ask for another is faithless. We know what the signs were for Hezekiah, this is one of the well known scriptures. And we know the Book of Isaiah.
Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him.
2 Chronicles 30:1
Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the LORD at Jerusalem to keep the Passover to the LORD, the God of Israel.
Hezekiah later named his son Manasseh after the tribe of Israel. 2 Kings records the failure of Hezekiah's son to lead Israel to the LORD and refers us to 2 Chronicles. 2 Chronicles 33 says:
The Lord spoke to Manasseh and to his people, but they paid no attention. 11 Therefore the Lord brought upon them the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria, who captured Manasseh with hooks and bound him with chains of bronze and brought him to Babylon. 12 And when he was in distress, he entreated the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. 13 He prayed to him, and God was moved by his entreaty and heard his plea and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God.
14 Afterward he built an outer wall for the city of David west of Gihon, in the valley, and for the entrance into the Fish Gate, and carried it around Ophel, and raised it to a very great height. He also put commanders of the army in all the fortified cities in Judah. 15 And he took away the foreign gods and the idol from the house of the Lord, and all the altars that he had built on the mountain of the house of the Lord and in Jerusalem, and he threw them outside of the city. 16 He also restored the altar of the Lord and offered on it sacrifices of peace offerings and of thanksgiving, and he commanded Judah to serve the Lord, the God of Israel. 17 Nevertheless, the people still sacrificed at the high places, but only to the Lord their God.
18 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and his prayer to his God, and the words of the seers who spoke to him in the name of the Lord, the God of Israel, behold, they are in the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel. 19 And his prayer, and how God was moved by his entreaty, and all his sin and his faithlessness, and the sites on which he built high places and set up the Asherim and the images, before he humbled himself, behold, they are written in the Chronicles of the Seers. 20 So Manasseh slept with his fathers, and they buried him in his house, and Amon his son reigned in his place.
They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated—
So many times this Hebrews passage is related to 2 Kings, yet 2 Chronicles 33:19
19 And his prayer, and how God was moved by his entreaty, and all his sin and his faithlessness, and the sites on which he built high places and set up the Asherim and the images, before he humbled himself, behold, they are written in the Chronicles of the Seers.
Isaiah was part of a school of religious men. This school existed at the end of Manasseh's reign.
We also believe Jeremiah suffered. However, Jeremiah was promised in the First Chapter of Jeremiah, verse 19.
"They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, declares the Lord, to deliver you.”
This is a sign the Lord gives us.
Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the LORD!
Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.
O my Strength, I will watch for you,
for you, O God, are my fortress.
For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
1 Corinthians 1:7
so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ
Blessed are You, O LORD JESUS CHRIST, our hope and Redeemer. Blessed be Abba our Father.
Thank You for Your Words on answered prayer. I thank You for my mother's healing. I thank You for the time we have together. Thank You for the week with my sons. And the time I have with Edward. We lift up Edward's health to You and ask for Your blessing of Life and Health. I ask You for wisdom, goodness and strength. For even my dog to behave better. And give You thanks for the life of my 19 year old cat, Scoop, who is better today.
We give You great Thanks for the holiday that is about to unfold. Lifting up hearts to be good to one another. Times to spend enjoying our children and the life You Provide. The earth enters into a season of rest. And we know Spring will come. Help us be Light in the celebration of Holy Days and let salt keep this filled with flavor, interest, Joy, Love, Patience, Encouragement, Truth, Peace.
This year has had challenges and the Word of God and people of God have made this year a time of gratitude. I thank You with all my heart.
We lift up the Nation to You. All of our lives and people we spend time with. And we will sleep tonight knowing we all rest in Your Will, in Your Plans, in Your Love. Jesus the Lord. Thank You that You provide for us a Word about Answered Prayer and we place our loved ones right there in Your Word.
The Blessing of God is Jesus and Jesus is Love. Keep our Hearts fully open to this Son of God. Love. Amen and Amen.
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