11: Hezekiah

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2 Kings: 18-20; 2 Chronicles 29-32; Isaiah 36-39

  • Hezekiah began reigning at 25 years old
  • Hezekiah ruled in Judah for 29 years

    2 Kings 18:3-8 – God evaluation of Hezekiah as king

    • What contrasts exist between Hezekiah and the pattern we’ve seen in the other kings…even the "good" kings?
    • What does the history of the bronze snake tell us about sinful nature?
  • Samaria fell in Hezekiah’s 6th year
  • Sennacherib comes against Jerusalem/Judah in Hezekiah’s 14th year (same year as Hezekiah’s illness)

God’s Reformation through Hezekiah

Review 1 Kings 8:48-50…and smile with the joy of knowing the LORD!

Hezekiah & Sennacherib

"The Destruction of Sennacherib"

George Gordon, Lord Byron

1. The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold,
And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold;
And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea,
When the blue wave rolls nightly on deep Galilee.


2. Like the leaves of the forest when Summer is green,
That host with their banners at sunset were seen;
Like the leaves of the forest when Autumn hath blown,
That host on the morrow lay withered and strown.

3. For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the blast,
And breathed in the face of the foe as he passed;
And the eyes of the sleepers waxed deadly and chil,
And their hearts but once heaved, and for ever grew still!

[2 intervening verses]

6. And the widows of Ashur are loud in their wail
And the idols are broke in the temple of Baal;
And the might of the Gentile, unsmote by the sword,
Hath melted like snow in the glance of the Lord!

Hezekiah’s Sickness

Hezekiah’s Pride