2 Kings 20:13, Hezekiah’s Death-Bed Blunder
Hezekiah received the messengers and showed them all that was in his storehouses–the silver, the gold, the spices and the fine oil–his armory and everything found among his treasures.
//Once upon a time, king Hezekiah fell sick, and was told by the prophet Isaiah that he would not recover. Word of Hezekiah’s terminal illness got around, and one day the prince of Babylon sent an envoy bearing a gift to the king’s palace.
In the mean time, Hezekiah prayed to God and God said he would extend Hezekiah’s life fifteen years. So, when the prince of Babylon arrived, Hezekiah was no longer on his death bed. Spry and happily recovered, he cheerily decided to give the prince a royal tour. Hezekiah showed him all of his riches … silver, gold, spices, fine oil, and all his treasures. He even showed the prince his armory.
Then Hezekiah died, and you all know what happened next. Back came the Babylonians, this time bearing swords, not gifts. Having scoped out the enemy, they conquered Hezekiah’s kingdom and plundered all of his riches.
Question: Did God let Hezekiah live only so that he would commit a horrible tactical blunder?