February 08, 2009

King Hezekiah

"And so you have done what is good in your eyes."

In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, "This is what the LORD says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover."

Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, "Remember, O LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes." And Hezekiah wept bitterly. (2 Kings 20:1-3 NIV)

By the end of the chapter, consider what King Hezekiah has bargained for and what he ultimately trades away.

"Is that what troubles you? Why life is given to the bitter of soul?"

Why is light given to those in misery, and life to the bitter of soul, to those who long for death that does not come, who search for it more than for hidden treasure, who are filled with gladness and rejoice when they reach the grave? (Job 3:20-22 NIV)

" . . . whose way is hidden and whom God has hedged in?"

Why is life given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in? (Job 3:23 NIV)

"If he wills that you tarry till he comes, what is that to thee?"

Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou me. (John 21:22 KJV)

"Perhaps a time to prepare to meet God"

[T]herefore this life became a probationary state; a time to prepare to meet God; a time to prepare for that endless state which has been spoken of by us, which is after the resurrection of the dead. (Alma 12:24)

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