2 Kings 18:1-8
No man is perfect. In the Bible, we see evil men who turned out serving God faithfully to the end of life; we also see men who begin well, but have a tragic ending; Hezekiah was not a perfect king or a perfect man. But what we do see of him in 2 Kings 18:1-8 is there for our encouragement and example, and we should take from it what is beneficial for our lives and walk with Christ.
1. “He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that his father David had done”- David was his spiritual father, as the main leader of the nation, who had led Israel to wholly follow God’s law and proper worship; Hezekiah was following the proper path David had set in accordance to God’s Word. (vs. 3)
2. “He removed the high places. . . . . smashed the sacred stones . . . . cut down the Asherah poles . . . . broke in pieces the bronze snake Moses had made.” In other words, he dealt seriously and radically about anything that was idolatrous, anything that hindered fully seeking God and obeying Him. (vs. 4)
3. “Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel.” Obedience, repentance, and personal faith were the marks. (vs. 5)
4. “He held fast to the Lord and did not cease to follow him.” (vs. 6)
5. “The Lord was with him and he was successful in whatever he undertook.” (vs. 7)
6. “He rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him.” He was keeping his conscience clear from compromise with heathen kings.
7. “He defeated the Philistines, as far as Gaza and its territory.” (vs. 8) Overcoming all our spiritual enemies and defeating them, as to sin and disobedience.
May the Lord make us more like Hezekiah, in relation to all the ways that he is to be our example.
– Mack Tomlinson