Today we move back to the book of 2 Kings and learn about Hezekiah’s illness.
“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.’” – 2 Kings 20:1
LOL! God is blunt in this verse. Dude, you’re going to die. 🙂
“Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you’” – 2 Kings 20:5
This is a very harmful verse. It leads people to believe that praying to God will help you. God may have said he will heal Hezekiah, but there is no evidence in the real world that prayer does anything. There are multiple studies showing no effect. On top of this, some people resort to prayer instead of seeking medical attention. Very, very harmful.
“Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, ‘Hear the word of the Lord: The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your predecessors have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the Lord. And some of your descendants, your own flesh and blood who will be born to you, will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” – 2 Kings 16-18
This is a disgusting god. God heals Hezekiah but then has everything stolen, including Hezekiah’s family. Fuck you God.
And that is the end of Hezekiah. He dies and his son takes over. Peace is still missing from the land, despite God’s promise that he will bring peace.
Coming Soon: 2 Kings – Chapter 21: Manasseh King of Judah