GOD ADDED 15 YEARS TO HEZEKIAH'S LIFE


The Bible records only one instance when a man's life was prolonged 15 years, and that man was King Hezekiah, king of Judah. This incidence is found in Isaiah 38, 2 Kings 20:1-11 and Chronicles 32:24-26. No other record exists of this very important development when God spared a man's life and also mentioned the duration of the extension. It showed God's mercy and that He listened to prayers of the obedient.



Isaiah and Hezekiah
Isaiah and Hezekiah

THE MERCY OF GOD TO HEZEKIAH


ISAIAH'S ANNOUNCEMENT TO HEZEKIAH

Isaiah 38:1-5

In those days Hezekiah was 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."

As soon as Hezekiah heard this, he turned his face toward the wall and prayed to God, saying, "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."

God heard him and told 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 ways fifteen years."

This happened during the time of the Assyrian invasion of Judah, because Jerusalem was still under the Assyrian threat (Isaiah 38:6). The events of this chapter are also recorded in 2 Kings 20:1-11.

Hezekiah was 25 years old when he became king (2 Kings 18:2) and it was in the fourteenth year of his reign that Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against the fenced cities of Judah. Hezekiah prayed to God and God defended the city. During the night, an angel of the Lord destroyed one hundred and eighty-five thousand Assyrians.


People brought Tithes to the Temple
People brought Tithes to the Temple
Hezekiah removed the bronze serpent of Moses from the Temple
Hezekiah removed the bronze serpent of Moses from the Temple
Zedekiah's tunnel
Zedekiah's tunnel

WHY WOULD GOD LISTEN TO HEZEKIAH'S PRAYERS?


According to the Bible Hezekiah introduced religious reforms, abolished idolatry and reinstated religious traditions. He followed the Lord God wholeheartedly and that was obedience, love and respect from His chosen people..

A. 2 Kings 18:3-5

And he (Hezekiah) did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his father did.

He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nhushtan.

He trusted in the Lord God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.

B. 2 Chronicles 29:3-36

The biblical sources portray Hezekiah as a great and good king. The book of Kings ends the account of Hezekiah with praise. (2 Kings 18:5)

C. Hezekiah strengthened Judah politically, expanded its borders, and had the people tithe their crops. He built an underground tunnel to bring water into Jerusalem, in case of a siege.

D. According to archaeologists, the reign of Hezekiah saw a notable increase in the power of the Judean state. Increases were made in literacy, in the production of literary works and an expansion of the population of Jerusalem where the western suburbs were enclosed by the Broad Wall in Jerusalem.

E. The Talmud credits him with overseeing the compilation of the biblical books ofProverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs and Isaiah.


REWARDS OF THE RIGHTEOUSNESS


God rewards the righteous and in some cases lengthen their days on earth.

Psalms 58:11

  • So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous, verily there is a God that judgeth in the earth. (Is. 40:10)

Matthew 6:4

  • That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly (1 Co. 9:17; 2 Jn. 8).

Revelation 22:12

  • And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

1 Kings 3:14

  • And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.


LONGEVITY OF LIFE


Life on earth can be shortened or lengthened depending on whether we obey the Lord God or not. God would be pleased to lengthen our days if we keep His commandments, and do His will. The fear of the Lord does not mean that we should fear to approach Him, but that we should fear to disobey His words in case He disciplines us severely.

Deuteronomy 5:33

  • Ye shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.

Proverbs 10:27

  • The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.

Proverbs 3:1.2

  • My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
  • For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

Proverbs 9:10,11

  • The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
  • For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.

Proverbs 10:27

  • The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.


Is it possible to live longer now?


God holds our lives in His hands, so is it still possible to live longer in this world with all the disasters and wars going around us? Many people would like to have their lives extended, even for a few months. Right now, there is a fight between a Catholic family and the involved hospital because the hospital feels it is no longer feasible for the man to live a normal life, and wants to put him on palliative care. Man has forgotten that life is in God's hands and we have no control over it. God is the controlling factor!

If we wish to live longer in this world, we must be like Hezekiah and please God in all ways. What is the point of living like a vegetable? There must be a purpose for life!


Zedekiah unwisely showed his treasures to Babylonian envoys
Zedekiah unwisely showed his treasures to Babylonian envoys

SHOULD NOT SIN AFTER BLESSING FROM GOD


Hezekiah sinned greatly after this great gift of fifteen more years of life and the deliverance of Jerusalem. He sinned in many ways. However, God did not punish him in his lifetime.

The first sin was Pride, in that he was proud of the honour the Babylonians brought and he showed them all his wealth.

Second sin was Ingratitude, in that he took honour to himself that really belonged to God. He forgot to mention all he had belonged to God and it was God that bestowed all his wealth.

Third sin was all the gifts rhat were given to him, he took them and the favors to his own honour and gratification of his lusts (2 Chronicles 32:25-26).

Fourth sin was that he profaned his confidence in God, in that he trusted in the league that he had made with the King of Babylon.

Fifth sin because he glorified himself and missed the great opportunity to testify to the Babylonians about the greatness of God and the Lord’s blessing on Judah.

After God's blessing, we must be careful not to be proud for it is God's grace that He bestows blessings on us. We must acknowledge His grace.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

Einron, Wonderful Inspiring “Message” of Belief, Trust & Faith! Marvelous passage of Scripture; “Ye shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.” Amen & Amen! The Lord truly is able!

Much wisdom here to ponder and encourage spiritual growth! As you well stated: "After God's blessing, we must be careful not to be proud for it is God's grace that He bestows blessings on us. We must acknowledge His grace." Amen!

Thank You for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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einron 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

DeBorrah K. Ogans

When we have spiritual growth, God will surely bless us for He sees our belief in Him is like a strong healthy plant which thrives on the love of God.

Peace and blessings to you and yours.


Manu 5 years ago

Was the lengthening of days a blessing or a curse. Earlier days were blessing but the 15 years lengthen days were disaster he did not mentor his son properly and He became the worst king and secondly because He exposed the temple treasure to the Babylonians they latter came and destroyed the temple and took the people as captive.


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einron 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Manu

Whether you spend the extended life obeying God's laws or not is a matter of the individual. God gives us free choice to lead our life, good of bad.


Rosaline Parchment 4 years ago

I believe that went you become a child of God live according to God's holy words and live.he is the one that hold us in his hand he control lives..


Isabel 4 years ago

Someone help me find the verse indicated above as Proverbs 32:1-2 as proverbs reaches chapter 31. Thanks


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einron 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Isabel

Thanks for pointing it out to me. It was a typing error and I have corrected it. It should read Proverbs 3:1-2. Glad you spotted the error.


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ExpectGreatThings 3 years ago from Illinois

I have such mixed feelings about Hezekiah. His example of prayer and faith is impressive, but as Manu mentioned, he did not spend his extra 15 years wisely. If his son Manasseh was only 12 when his father died, he almost didn't even make it into existence! Manasseh was a dreadful, pagan-like king, and yet he ended up in the genealogy of Jesus (Mt 1). It never ceases to amaze me how God chooses to use the seemingly unusable :)


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einron 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

God can use anyone for His purpose and will. Rahab was a prostitute and she was an ancestress of Jesus Christ.


Lady T 3 years ago

God mercy grant and extend life with prayer. It's good to obey God law and pray because the Bible stated that we should prayer at all time. For good and bad things needs prayers.

Be encourage and prayer to God Our Merciful Father always and He grant our request in Name of Jesus Christ Our Savior. amen


Lady T 3 years ago

God mercy grant and extend life with prayer. It's good to obey God law and pray because the Bible stated that we should prayer at all time. For good and bad things needs prayers.

Be encourage and prayer to God Our Merciful Father always and He grant our request in Name of Jesus Christ Our Savior. amen


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einron 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Lady T

We must pray fervently and constantly to God for He hears our prayer.

Furthermore, obedience to the laws and commandments of the Lord is important in that God will accomplish our prayers according to His will.

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