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?

1 Comment

  1. Christians today often lament the lack of miracles like “in Bible times” but this story may illustrate the reason for that.

    Hezekiah 1) had been cured miraculously 2) guaranteed 15 more years of life 3) 185,000 Assyrians were slaughtered in a mighty victory and 4)the sun had moved for him. Despite all the miracles when God gave him center stage to witness to the Babylonians all he can talk about is stuff. Hezekiah had one of the best opportunities in all of history to teach others, the ambassadors of a great kingdom, about the one true God but wasted it by showing off his stuff.

    Christians today want miracles but have zero interest in sharing with the Buddhists, Hindus, and Muslims that live in the same ignorance as the Babylonian ambassadors. This same principle is in Mark 1:37-38. Folks were anxious for Jesus to stay and keep doing more miracles but he left them because people in darkness deserve miracles before people in the light. Miracles serve little purpose in the grand scheme of the Great Commission than to bring attention to the message of the messenger.

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