I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears

2 Kings 20:1-19, 21

2 Kings 20:1

Well was it for Hezekiah to have so faithful a chaplain in his dying moments. Too often when men are near to death, their friends feel so much cruel delicacy, that they dare not tell them the truth as to their state.

2 Kings 20:2, 3

He longed for a little more time below, he had begun to love the world too well, and moreover, he was too anxious about an heir to the throne.

2 Kings 20:7

A poultice must be used. Although the Lord could heal us without medicine and surgery, he does not choose to do so.

2 Kings 20:10, 11

There is no use in enquiring how this was done; it is another instance of the omnipotence of God.

2 Kings 20:12, 13

At first sight this looks harmless enough, but the Lord saw that the king was proud, delighted in the flatteries of heathen strangers, and perhaps hoped to strengthen himself by alliance with their rising kingdom. God is jealous of those he loves, and is severe with them in proportion to his love to them. This sad fault of good Hezekiah led a devout writer to cry, “O God! if thou do not keep us as well in our sunshine as in our storm, we are sure to perish: as in all time of our tribulation, so in all time of our wealth, good Lord, deliver us!”

2 Kings 20:19

The rod was heavy, but Hezekiah kissed it like a true-born child of God. Lord, teach us the like patience.


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