May 18

 

 

2 Kings 20-22

 

The Surviving Kingdom-Judah, cont’d.     2 Kings 18-25   

 

2 Kings 20:1-11-Hezekiah became deathly ill.  Isaiah told him that he would not live, but would die.  Hezekiah prayed and God told Isaiah that He would heal him...and add 15 years to his life.  As a sign that he would live God gave Hezekiah a sign...the shadow on the steps would go backwards 10 steps.  This was a localized miracle…not worldwide (cf. Isaiah 38:8; 2 Chronicles 32:21).

2 Kings 20:12-21-When Berodach-baladan, son of Baladan, king of Babylon (this a misspelling of Merodach-baladan, Isaiah 39:1, king of Babylon 2 times, 722-710, 703-702, who sent this delegation to enlist Hezekiah's help against Assyria) heard that Hezekiah was sick he sent a contingency to visit him.  Hezekiah showed them everything, all the valuables of the kingdom.  Isaiah told Hezekiah that the LORD says that in the future everything that Judah owns will be taken away to Babylon and some of his own sons will be officials in their palace.  Hezekiah interpreted this as a good thing, thinking that at least there would be peace during his reign...but in reality it would not be.  Hezekiah dug a pool that had a tunnel that brought water from outside the city into it.  Hezekiah died and his son Manasseh became king.

2 Kings 21:1…Manasseh becomes king in Judah (695-642)

2 Kings 21:1-9-Mannaseh was 12 years old when he became king of Judah...he reigned 55 years...he did evil...he rebuilt the high places, and altars to Baal and Asherah and all the host of heaven...even inside of the Temple...and burned his sons as sacrifices to the gods.  Virtually everything good that his father had accomplished…he did just the opposite.  He was one of the worst kings who ruled over Judah.  He was so bad that he was even worse than the countries that had inhabited the land before they did (:9).

2 Kings 21:10-15-Through the prophets, God says that He will severely punish Judah by destroying it.

2 Kings 21:16-18-Manasseh refused to listen to the prophets and continued to sin.  Manasseh died and his son, Amon became king of Judah.

2 Kings 21:19…Amon becomes king of Judah (642-640)

2 Kings 21:19-26-Amon was 22 years old when he became king...he reigned 2 years...he was just like his father.  His own servants killed him...then the people killed them.  They made his son, Josiah to be king.

2 Kings 22:1…Josiah becomes king of Judah (640-609)

2 Kings 22:1-7-Josiah was 8 years old when he became king of Judah...he reigned for 31 years...he followed the LORD.  In the 18th year of his reign he repaired the Temple.

2 Kings 22:8-20-Hilkiah, the high priest, told Shaphan, the scribe that he had found "the book of the law in the house of the LORD" (:8).  This was possibly the entire Pentateuch (Genesis through Deuteronomy), or the book of Deuteronomy, or portions of the Scripture that speak of judgment such as Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28.  Manasseh probably destroyed all the copies of Scripture except those that were hidden.  Shaphan told Josiah, "Hilkiah the priest has given me a book"...and he read it to the king.  After he was through, Josiah tore his clothes in repentance.  He told them to inquire of the LORD because their sin was great...and they went to a prophetess named Huldah.  She told them that the LORD will fulfill His word concerning judgment on Judah...but because of Josiah's repentance he will not see it happen in his lifetime, but he will die in peace.

 

Prayer: Lord, help me to discover Your Word new and fresh each day.  Teach me Your truths over and over.  Help me to be faithful and obedient to all that You show me.  And Lord, I know that I am incapable of this…so Holy Spirit, please let Your power and grace flow through me so that I can be pleasing in Your sight.

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