The Hezekiah (Heb: Chizkiyahu) narrative in 2 Kings

The Hezekiah (Heb: Chizkiyahu) narrative in 2 Kings
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The Hezekiah (Heb: Chizkiyahu) narrative in II Kings (chapters 17 – 20) and Isaiah (36 – 39) concludes on a dissonant and haunting confrontation between King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah. Hezekiah has just shown his kingdom’s wealth to messengers of Brodach Baladan, King of Babylonia. Isaiah …

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  • Reply January 14, 2019

    Guest;

    2 Kings 20:17 (NRSV)
    17 Days are coming when all that is in your house, and that which your ancestors have stored up until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left, says the Lord.

    Just because God sent Sennacherib back to Nineveh with his tail between his legs does not mean Jerusalem is eternally secure. The righteousness of Hezekiah is not sufficient to save the city. (Consider, after all, the next king of Judah will be Manasseh).
    We must not forget that this account is a look-back from the perspective of Babylonian exile. The symptoms were already there in the history of Judah that betrayed a rejection of God’s favor.

  • Reply January 14, 2019

    Guest;

    Also…
    2 Kings 20:19 (NRSV)
    19 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?”

    Is Hezekiah insane? He has seen the effectiveness of prayer. Shouldn’t he pray about this oracle?

  • Reply January 15, 2019

    Guest;

    so did he?

  • Reply January 15, 2019

    Guest;

    of course. He opened the door for the Babylonian captivity.

  • Reply January 16, 2019

    Guest;

    So did many other kings to other captivities Steve Losee

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