Grow Deep - Heroes Edition Week 4

Week 4 – July 15-21

Hezekiah, the King

“He (Hezekiah) did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done.” 2 Kings 18:3

Hezekiah was a King of Judah. He served at God’s pleasure in that position from 715-687 BC. As King, Hezekiah was God’s steward, one who manages the relationships and resources God entrusts to his or her care for His purposes. Kings were God’s agents appointed to rule His people. They were expected to observe His covenant and obey His laws. They were to defend the nation and people and remind them of God’s rule in their lives. They were to be just and righteous in their dealings with God’s people. Some of the kings of Israel did this well, and others did it badly. King Hezekiah was a good ruler. He was a faithful steward of what God entrusted to his care.

2 Kings 18 describes Hezekiah’s stewardship with the following phrases: he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, he trusted in the Lord, he held fast to the Lord, he did not depart from following the Lord, he kept the commandments that the Lord commanded Moses. Hezekiah’s stewardship responsibilities included cleansing the temple. When he became king, he wasted no time in getting Judah back to the worship of the one, true God. His father, Ahaz (a bad steward as king), defiled the temple and finally closed the doors and ended the Levitical ministry (2 Chronicles 28:24). Hezekiah cleaned up the mess Ahaz had made of the temple and restored the worship of God. Warren Wiersbe writes of this process in Be Distinct: 2 Kings & 2 Chronicles, “But Hezekiah wasn’t interested in a mere housecleaning project, because he had it in his heart not only to rededicate the temple and the people but also to enter into a covenant with the Lord.” He wanted to be a faithful steward and he wanted the people of Judah to be faithful stewards as well.

Our desire, as those who have been redeemed by Christ, is to be faithful stewards of all the relationships and resources God entrusts to our care. We do that according to His will for His purposes just as Hezekiah did.

Sunday, July 15

Read: 2 Kings 18:1-12
Hezekiah was a man of God. He ruled the people of Judah as God’s faithful steward. God blessed him as he served God and His people.

Reflect: How do you steward worship of the true God in your life? Hezekiah means “the Lord strengthens.” How does the Lord strengthen you in worship?

For the Family: Hezekiah kept the commandments that God gave to Moses. Which commandment did Hezekiah keep by cutting down the Asherah poles and breaking the bronze serpent?

Monday, July 16

Read: 2 Kings 18:13-37
In a time of crisis, Hezekiah’s trust in God wavered. He paid tribute to the King of Assyria instead of depending on God to bring them victory. He even took gold from the temple of the Lord to pay this debt.

Reflect: God is faithful. Where do you turn for help when the going gets tough? How has God rescued you from difficult circumstances?

For the Family: Hezekiah believes in the one true God but, when threatened by the Assyrian king, his first response is to panic. What does he turn over to the king? What is his second response, which was like Jesus' response to Herod before He was crucified?

Tuesday, July 17

Read: 2 Kings 19:1-13
The tribute Hezekiah paid Sennacherib did not satisfy him. Hezekiah knew he could not defeat Sennacherib in his own strength. He went to God for help.

Reflect: God is faithful. What does it mean to trust God? Why is it so important to seek God’s help first in times of trouble?

For the Family: Who did Hezekiah ask for wise advice about how to respond to the Assyrian king? Who is someone you can turn to for help in interpreting God's Word in the Bible.

Wednesday, July 18
Read: 2 Kings 19:14-37
Sennacherib was not about to give up. He tells Hezekiah that God has deceived him and will not save Jerusalem. Hezekiah prays for help.

Reflect: God is faithful. When have you doubted God’s ability to help? Why is God’s promise to hear and answer prayer so comforting?

For the Family: When Hezekiah prayed to the Lord, what did he ask God to do (verse 19)? Isaiah tells Hezekiah that God heard his prayer. God hears our prayers too! Say a prayer thanking God for being a good listener and hearing our prayers.

Thursday, July 19
Read: 2 Kings 20:1-11
Hezekiah becomes ill. He prays, reminding God that he has been a faithful steward. God hears Hezekiah’s prayer and answers him.

Reflect: God is faithful. Give thanks for answered prayers. What have you learned about God in the difficult times of your life?

For the Family: God answers Hezekiah's prayer for healing. Remember a time that God answered your prayers and share it with one of your parents.

Friday, July 20
Read: Isaiah 38:9-20
Hezekiah writes about his illness and his recovery. He recognizes God’s hand on his life and that healing comes from the Lord.

Reflect: God is faithful. Our future is secure in God’s hands. How does God prepare us for what the future holds?

For the Family: What does Hezekiah promise to do every day to thank God for saving him (verse 20)? Think of two ways you can praise God today!

Saturday, July 21
Read: 2 Kings 20:12-21
As God’s steward, Hezekiah should have known that God gave him all he possessed. There was no room for boasting. Pride robs God of glory that belongs only to Him.

Reflect: God is faithful. In what areas of your life do you struggle with pride? How can you steward God’s blessings to avoid pride?

For the Family: After Hezekiah shows the king of Babylon all of his wealth, what does Isaiah prophesy will happen? Did Hezekiah remember to give God glory for all the blessings in his life?