2 Kings 20-22, Psalm 107
In the “Lord’s Prayer” we all say, “Thy will be done”. Often we don’t know how that will exactly look in our lives. But we read God’s Word, abide in His Word, and try to align our will with His. In today’s reading, Hezekiah gets a direct message from God through Isaiah in 2 Kings 20:1, “In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amos, went to him and said to him, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die, and not live.” He prays, pleads, weeps for more time and we see that God answers his prayer with 15 more years (v.6). There is a difference in the actual will of God and the permissive will of God which is what occurred in this case. As in this case God answered Hezekiah’s prayers which made Hezekiah happy, but there were bad consequences as a result.
As a result, he showed the Temple treasures to Babylon (at that time a relatively insignificant nation). We read this in 2 Kings 20:13, “And Hezekiah was attentive to them, and showed them all the house of his treasures-the silver and gold, the spices and precious ointment, and all his armory-all that was found among his treasures. There was nothing in his house or in all his dominion that Hezekiah did not show them.” This resulted in a prophecy, by Isaiah, in 20:16-17, “…Hear the word of the Lord: ‘Behold, the day’s are coming when all that is in your house, and what your fathers have accumulated until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left,. Says the Lord. ‘And they shall take away some of your sons who will descend from you, whom you will get; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” This was fulfilled around 100 years later during the time of Daniel the prophet, when he was carried off to Babylon, was made a eunuch, Judah was destroyed, and the Temple was destroyed and plundered by the Babylonians.
Next, Hezekiah had a child after this, named Manasseh. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, in fact so bad was he that he was compared to the former evil king of Israel, Ahab. Manasseh, was responsible for killing Isaiah by putting him in a tree trunk, then sawing him in half, years later.
When we pray, we should always pray for His will to be done, not our will to be done through Him. Sometimes, it is easy to realize this when we pray for things outside of God’s will. As in this case, death for Hezekiah would have meant being with God, and was clearly stated by Isaiah. Hezekiah’s will was done instead. When we align our will with His, and pray in the Spirit, we have confidence in Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” If given the choice we should desire God’s perfect will for our lives not His permissive will due to our lack of acceptance of His true will.
Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley: