2 Kings 16: The Life and Times of Ahaz the King – Part 4

19-20 The Postlude History

He’s noted for two things after he’s gone. First, 2 Chronicles 28 tells us he was not placed in the tombs of the kings. His life was so wicked that he was rejected from notability with his forefathers.

Second, there is actually an artifact that he is remembered by. When God, through Isaiah the prophet, tells Hezekiah his life is extended 15 years a sign is given to him.

KJV Isaiah 38:7 And this shall be a sign unto thee from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he hath spoken; 8 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.

It is ironic that the sign for Hezekiah’s life extension would be played out on the sundial of the man who refused a sign from God. There is no coincidence here. What a contrast of lives. The king who served God stands out against the king who rejected God. The man who sought God’s plan verses the man who sought his own plan.

I think the thing to take from this is when God offers a plan, take it. There is no reason to be proud with God. We are told he resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. When God gives a promise, despise not the day of small things; believe that He can do the impossible!

J. Robert Hanson


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