Hezekiah Heard the Threat 2 Kings 19

2 Kings 19:1-4 NLTse When King Hezekiah heard their report, he tore his clothes and put on burlap and went into the Temple of the LORD. (2) And he sent Eliakim the palace administrator, Shebna the court secretary, and the leading priests, all dressed in burlap, to the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz. (3) They told him, “This is what King Hezekiah says: Today is a day of trouble, insults, and disgrace. It is like when a child is ready to be born, but the mother has no strength to deliver the baby. (4) But perhaps the LORD your God has heard the Assyrian chief of staff, sent by the king to defy the living God, and will punish him for his words. Oh, pray for those of us who are left!”

By the way this story progresses, we can easily tell Hezekiah went into the temple to meet with God. Before that, Hezekiah went to the temple for money to pay a ransom. Finally Hezekiah realized God was his only hope. God had this story recorded so we could see how He waits for people to make up their minds to come to him for help. That is usually how God works. But at times, God went to people and helped them without having to ask. God did that with Ahaz twice. Ahaz needed extra help, and was not at a stage to learn anything beyond the basics. Hezekiah was a different story.

God met with Hezekiah and supported him in a number of military campaigns. Hezekiah should have known better. This is an example showing how people are responsible for what they know. If they know how to approach God and depend on Him, God waits for people to exercise what they know. If they hadn’t learned to get the basics down first, how are they going to get to the next level? Hezekiah’s next level included teaching his people how to find God.

Hezekiah felt a need to explain everything to God. That showed how far Hezekiah drifted away from God. It wasn’t that Hezekiah thought God didn’t hear the conversation at the wall. Hezekiah knew God saw the entire meeting unfold. Hezekiah had to be assured God was still with him, and listening to him. It was like rebuilding the relationship from scratch. And Hezekiah didn’t have much time.