“Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the Lord that you have spoken is good.” For he thought, “Why not, if there will be peace and security in my days?” ” 2 Kings 20:19
Hezekiah was sick. While laying in bed he was told by Isaiah, the prophet, that he should get his house in order because he was going to die. A death sentence is a difficult thing to hear. Hezekiah had been a good king. He did that which was right in the sight of the LORD like other kings of Judah, but took his commitment even further by tearing down the high places and told the people to worship the LORD at the Temple in Jerusalem. He trusted the LORD when everything seemed hopeless with an army of angry Assyrians at his door. He wept. His life was over and all he could think was that God was punishing him.
“But wait! I did good in my life. Don’t I deserve to live?” Hezekiah said.
Isaiah was stopped in his tracks by the Word of God. “Go back and tell Hezekiah that I heard him and he has fifteen more years to live.”
This new lease on life changed Hezekiah, but not for the better. The next thing we see him doing is showing off in front of dignitaries from Babylon. He showed them all the riches of his kingdom.
Isaiah again comes with a word. “The Babylonians are going to destroy this place and take your people, and even your own family captive and bring them to Babylon.”
This was very similar to the death sentence Hezekiah received at the beginning of the chapter. The difference? No weeping. No mourning. Not even a care. Why? Because it didn’t effect him. He could care less what happens to those in the future as long as it wasn’t happening to him. Although he was a good king, he became selfish and self-focused.
There was a little boy growing up in Hezekiah’s house who was watching his every move. His name was Manasseh. He ended up being the most wicked king Judah had ever seen. He was only twelve when his dad died. That means that he was born three years after Hezekiah’s death sentence and subsequent healing. His dad’s goodness had little influence on the young man. Manasseh could only see the selfishness and it was magnified in his life.
Dads, what influence do we have in our family? Are we modeling Jesus to our kids, or are we showing them that real men are selfish and self-focused? When we model self and not Jesus, we shouldn’t expect our children to be any different. Remember, our choices have consequences. Choose to model Jesus.