2 Kings 18:1-12 | Hezekiah's Revival | Rich Jones


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This is a story of revival. We have recently been focusing on events taking place in the northern kingdom of Israel. There were many troubles and great spiritual darkness in the northern kingdom of Israel. But now, in 2 Kings 18, we turn to Judah, the kingdom of Israel in the south.

The king of Judah was Hezekiah. He was 25 years old when he became king. We also know something about his father and mother which are an important part of the story.

Hezekiah did right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David had done. That is a wonderful commendation. All kings in the south were compared to David, most did not follow after God like David. Not only that, but God gave Hezekiah the greatest of all commendations in verse 5 where it says that there was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor among those who were before him.

Hezekiah, therefore, was an exceptionally significant king in the history of Judah and there is much spiritual insight and many life lessons from a study of his life and leadership.

There is a Hebrew word that is also an important part of this story. It's the Hebrew word Nahushtan. It’s a good word to know. This is one of those words you could use to make a beautiful plaque and hang it on your living room wall; then when your friends and family come to visit, they'll ask you what it means. “I’m glad you asked,” and then speak of this story. It’s about Jesus in a powerful way!

This story is filled with spiritual application and life lessons. It’s a story of authentic and genuine revival.

I. Revival is Made to be Lived

 Revival is not just something that happens in the heart, if it’s true revival, it will impact how the life is lived. This you see in the life in Hezekiah.

 God used Hezekiah to bring about a great revival in the nation of Israel in the south. He cleansed the temple, he restored the priesthood, and he kept the commandments which the Lord gave Moses.

 What's amazing is that Hezekiah's father was the worst king the southern kingdom of Judah had seen.

 That's a powerful testimony. We do not have to repeat the sins of our fathers. God can do a new work from one generation to another. The sins of the father do not have to be repeated. And if you've had a father who was less than a good example, then let the sins of the fathers be ended with you.

 What's also interesting is that his mother was Avi, who was the daughter of Zechariah, a priest. A mother is also a very powerful influence in the lives of the children. Compare Avi to Jezebel and you'll see there's no comparison at all.

 The name Avi means ‘my father.’ The name was given as a recognition of God as her father. That was quite rare in those days to have such a deep understanding.

 Isaiah was the prophet in Judah at this time. Could Hezekiah's mother have arranged for Isaiah to mentor him?

A. Do what’s right in the sight of the Lord
 One of the first things that stand out in describing Hezekiah is that he did what was right in the sight of the Lord.
 Compared to what? Hezekiah did what was right in the sight of the Lord, in contrast to what was right in his own eyes. In other words, if there was a difference between what was right in his own eyes versus what was right in God's eyes, then he would go with God's way.
Proverbs 12:15, The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.

Proverbs 16:2, All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, but the Lord weighs the motives.
Proverbs 21:2, Every man's way is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the hearts.
 Verses 9 – 12 describe the final downfall of the northern kingdom of Israel. Why did they fall? Because they would not obey the voice of the Lord their God.
 Why didn't they obey the voice of the Lord? After all, we know this about God's Word…
1 John 5:3, For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.

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