But like all of us, Hezekiah had a couple of flaws. One was selfishness and other pride.
After seeing God deliver him and all of Judah from the army of the Assyrians, Hezekiah became deathly sick, and God told him that it was his time to die. Personally I think it was kind of the Lord to tell Hezekiah His plan. I mean, how many of us would simply love to have God's plan for us laid out plainly.
Does that surprise you? We are told God never changes. Yet, it's God character that never changes. Many times throughout the Bible, we see Him change His mind about certain situations in response to human prayer. I don't know about you but that both humbles me and really frightens me to know my prayers have the power to change God's mind!
So, God gave Hezekiah 15 more years to live. He even gave him a sign by moving time on a sundial. But, my question to you is, were these extra 15 years actually a blessing for Hezekiah? Perhaps God knew Hezekiah would do something in those years that would cause much destruction and ruin. Perhaps God was doing Hezekiah and all of Judah a favor by taking Hezekiah home early.
- Everything in Hezekiah's house and everything in Jerusalem was carried away to Babylon
- Hezekiah's sons were made eunuchs to serve in the palace of the Babylonian king
- Manasseh, Hezekiah's son, became king after Hezekiah and he was one of the wickedest kings in all of Judah ever! (He would not have been born if Hezekiah had died when God wanted him to )
- He rebuilt the high places of idol worship
- He made altars for Baal and Asherah
- He built heathen altars in God's temple
- He made his son pass through the fire as an offering to Molech
- Practiced soothsaying and augury and dealt with mediums and wizards
- Made a graven image of the goddess Asherah and set it ino the house of God
- Because of all his wickedness God decided to wipe out Jerusalem and Judah and deliver them into the hands of their enemies.