One of the saddest parts of Hezekiah's reign is the way that it ended. He was faithful to the Lord, and He led Judah in the right direction until the envoys from Babylon showed up and he gave them the grand tour. Why did he do it? Pride is the only reason that comes to my mind. "Look at what I have." He showed them the storehouses, the armory, the silver, and the gold. He showed them everything. He had spies in his home, and he showed them how to plunder it all. What foolishness all because he was so proud of it all. Isaiah's prophecy should have shattered his ego, but it didn't. Hezekiah rested in the fact that peace and security would exist in his days… after all, who cares about his children? It would have been better for Hezekiah to have accepted the sickness the Lord allowed him to have rather than begging for healing. Certainly, it seems, the nation would have been better off, and his legacy would not have been marred.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.