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The Bad News

Isaiah 38:1-
Isaiah 38:1–9 KJV 1900
In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, And said, Remember now, O Lord, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. Then came the word of the Lord to Isaiah, saying, Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years. And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria: and I will defend this city. And this shall be a sign unto thee from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing that he hath spoken; Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down. The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness:
Isaiah is a book of warnings and fulfilled prophecies.
The Teacher’s Commentary 56: Isa. 13–39—Judgment and Salvation

A Historic Interlude: Isaiah 36–39

In these chapters of historical narrative Isaiah told of an Assyrian invasion of Judah that swept up to the very walls of Jerusalem. But Judah had a godly king, Hezekiah, who appealed immediately to God. God responded to Hezekiah’s prayer. He struck the Assyrian army before it could reach Jerusalem. The city was saved, and during the life of Hezekiah, Judah knew peace.

Isaiah is the prophet that God gave the assignment to deliver the news to Hezekiah that he was going to die.
Isaiah is the prophet that God gave the assignment to deliver the news to Hezekiah that he was going to die.

It cannot be certainly determined what was the nature of Hezekiah’s sickness. Many have inferred from הַשְּׁחִין ver. 21; 2 Kings 20:7, that he had the plague, and have associated this with the plague in the Assyrian camp.

But we do know that Hezekiah is sick unto death. Hezekiah has been extremely sick and perhaps waiting and trying to recover from the sickness. But God sends a warning to get his house in order. He was told that he would die and not live. Perhaps this a an answer to prayers that he had been praying.
I can only imagine that this was not the news he was expecting. I’m sure he was praying and believing that God would heal him and he would recover.
We’ve focused on what was told to Hezekiah but I want to focus tonight on what he didn’t do.
He was told to set his house in order. We could interpret that to mean make arrangement as to the succession to the throne; for he had then no son; and as to thy other concerns. For it was his responsibility to select and choose a qualified man to fill his position as king.
It also had spiritual significance. Make everything right between you and I. This would be the time to confess, repent, and assure that nothing stands between you and God. Nothing is covered, nothing that is unresolved.
Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed unto the Lord. Notice what he said, “Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight.
Holman Concise Bible Commentary Hezekiah’s Reign (36:1–39:8)

Reminding the Lord of his faithful deeds, the king pled for his life. The Lord decided to give Hezekiah fifteen more years of life and also promised He would protect Jerusalem from the Assyrians. In response to Hezekiah’s request for a confirming sign, the Lord refracted the sun’s rays so that the shadow they cast was reversed.

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I have walked in truth
The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., ). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
With a perfect heart
That which is good in thy sight
Then he wept.
In other words, I have been faithful.
I have walked before you in truth. Walk meaning to journey with God as a follower. We notice
Genesis 5:24 KJV 1900
And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
1 Kings 9:4 KJV 1900
And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments:
I have been truthful to you. I ruled in truth, I operated in truth, I handle business in truth, I lived in truth.
I did it with a perfect heart.

perfect—sincere; not absolutely perfect, but aiming towards it (Mt 5:45); single-minded in walking as in the presence of God (Ge 17:1).The letter of the Old Testament legal righteousness was, however, a standard very much below the spirit of the law as unfolded by Christ (Mt 5:20–48; 2 Co 3:6, 14, 17).

Matthew 5:45 KJV 1900
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Genesis 17:1 KJV 1900
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
Matthew 5:20 KJV 1900
For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
A higher standard

wept sore—JOSEPHUS says, the reason why he wept so sorely was that being childless, he was leaving the kingdom without a successor. How often our wishes, when gratified, prove curses! Hezekiah lived to have a son; that son was the idolater Manasseh, the chief cause of God’s wrath against Judah, and of the overthrow of the kingdom (2 Ki 23:26, 27).

4. In 2 Ki 20:4, the quickness of God’s answer to the prayer is marked, “afore Isaiah had gone out into the middle court, the word of the LORD came to him”; that is, before he had left Hezekiah, or at least when he had just left him, and Hezekiah was in the act of praying after having heard God’s message by Isaiah (compare Is 65:24; Ps 32:5; Da 9:21).

5. God of David thy father—God remembers the covenant with the father to the children (Ex 20:5; Ps 89:28, 29).

Notice he didn’t have any apologies to make, no confessions, nothing to repent. He had no unfinished work to do.
Holman Concise Bible Commentary Hezekiah’s Reign (36:1–39:8)

In response to the Lord’s merciful deliverance, Hezekiah offered a song of thanksgiving, in which he recalled his time of need, acknowledged the Lord’s intervention, and promised to praise Him all his days.

This account has a twofold purpose. First, Hezekiah serves as an example to God’s people of dependence on the Lord in the midst of a crisis. Second, Hezekiah’s recovery was representative of the nation’s future. Just as the Lord healed Hezekiah and granted him additional years, so He would give Judah and Jerusalem a new lease on life by miraculously removing the Assyrian threat. Nevertheless, like Hezekiah’s briefly extended life, so Judah’s and Jerusalem’s days remained numbered.

Every man dies. Not every man really lives. ~Braveheart
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today. ~James Dean
As you grow older, you'll find the only things you regret are the things you didn't do.~Zachary Scott
♦ And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.~Abraham Lincoln
Do it now!
Don’t put off til tomorrow what you can do today.
You may delay, but time will not. ~Benjamin Franklin
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