2 Kings 20 & Hebrews 2

2 Kings 20

    In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die; you shall not recover.’” Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, saying, “Now, O LORD, please remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. And before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the LORD came to him: “Turn back, and say to Hezekiah the leader of my people, Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the LORD, and I will add fifteen years to your life. I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this city for my own sake and for my servant David's sake.” And Isaiah said, “Bring a cake of figs. And let them take and lay it on the boil, that he may recover.”

    And Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “What shall be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up to the house of the LORD on the third day?” And Isaiah said, “This shall be the sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that he has promised: shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or go back ten steps?” And Hezekiah answered, “It is an easy thing for the shadow to lengthen ten steps. Rather let the shadow go back ten steps.” And Isaiah the prophet called to the LORD, and he brought the shadow back ten steps, by which it had gone down on the steps of Ahaz.

    At that time Merodach-baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent envoys with letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that Hezekiah had been sick. And Hezekiah welcomed them, and he showed them all his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his armory, all that was found in his storehouses. There was nothing in his house or in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them. Then Isaiah the prophet came to King Hezekiah, and said to him, “What did these men say? And from where did they come to you?” And Hezekiah said, “They have come from a far country, from Babylon.” He said, “What have they seen in your house?” And Hezekiah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house; there is nothing in my storehouses that I did not show them.”

    Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the LORD: Behold, the days are coming, when all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have stored up till this day, shall be carried to Babylon. Nothing shall be left, says the LORD. And some of your own sons, who shall be born to you, shall be taken away, and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” 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?”

    The rest of the deeds of Hezekiah and all his might and how he made the pool and the conduit and brought water into the city, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and Manasseh his son reigned in his place.

(2 Kings 20 ESV)

Hebrews 2

    Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

    For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. It has been testified somewhere,

    “What is man, that you are mindful of him,
        or the son of man, that you care for him?
    You made him for a little while lower than the angels;
        you have crowned him with glory and honor,
        putting everything in subjection under his feet.”
    
        Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

    For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, saying,

    “I will tell of your name to my brothers;
        in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.”
    
        And again,

    “I will put my trust in him.”
    
        And again,

    “Behold, I and the children God has given me.”
    
        Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

(Hebrews 2 ESV)

Something to Consider

2 Kings 20: Shortly after the Lord hears the prayer of Hezekiah and chooses to miraculously heal him of his terminal condition, some men from Babylon are sent to pay Hezekiah a visit. They had heard about his sickness, and therefore they brought a 'Get Well Soon' gift with them. Here is an incredible opportunity for Hezekiah to share with these pagan men about the goodness and greatness of his God and the power He possesses over man and nature. However, unfortunately Hezekiah uses this opportunity to seemingly show off his own power and the greatness of all that he possesses. 

How quickly we can forget the things that God has accomplished and then turn to boast in our own accomplishments instead. How often do we miss, neglect or pass up on opportunities to praise our God in the presence of those who need to know Him?

 

Hebrews 2: We often fail to consider or just simply fail to believe that no matter our struggle and no matter what we may be suffering, our Lord understands. He gets it. He gets us. Christ is just like us in every respect. He knows the heaviness of what tempts us because He Himself suffered the same temptations. In fact, He knows their weight even to a further extent than we do because He never relieved Himself of the weight by giving into the temptation. Our struggle is in the resisting of our temptations, and yet our Lord is the only one who has ever been able to hold that resistance all the way through unto the end. 

Our Lord fought and struggled and resisted any and every temptation all the way through until the end of His life and then still yet allowed Himself to suffer the excruciating punishment of sin as if He had not put up any resistance at all. May we be encouraged that we have a merciful and faithful Advocate before our Father in heaven who hasn't forgotten what it's like to be us.