2 Kings 20: Life Is Not Always Easy
2 Kings 20 is a chapter surrounded by bad news. At the beginning of the chapter, Hezekiah is dying, and it is only by his earnest prayer that causes God to decide to extend his life by 15 years. In that time, God also promised that Hezekiah would live to see the Assyrian attack go away entirely.
2Ki 20:5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.
2Ki 20:6 And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.
As you can tell, the news got better as we got into the chapter. However, there is a huge prophecy at the end of the chapter that leaves us on a little bit more bad news.
2Ki 20:16 And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD.
2Ki 20:17 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD.
2Ki 20:18 And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.
The prophecy was perfectly accurate. We know that the Israelites got taken to Babylon. Probably the most well-known Israelite in Babylon was Daniel, and even though we won’t meet him for a while, I just wanted to put a little context on the story.
Like I said before, there was bad news that the beginning of this chapter, and there was bad news at the end of the chapter. That might be discouraging. However, I guess what I try to keep in mind is that all of this is part of a major plan. In fact, by the end of the Bible, we know the end of the story. We know how history ultimately ends. We might not understand what we are going through at the time, but we can be assured that it will work out.