Hezekiah was Israel’s most righteous king after David. Hezekiah loved God, hated idolatry, and led a national revival among the Jewish people. Hezekiah prayed so effectively that God answered him with miraculous victory over an invading army as well as a miraculous healing that extended his life an extra 15 years. But Hezekiah’s carelessness - fueled by his ego - led him to invite the evil Babylonians to see all the treasures and defenses of Israel’s Temple and Capital. The prophet Isaiah was horrified by Hezekiah’s foolishness in not guarding the people of God, and he prophesied that Hezekiah’s carelessness just guaranteed an enemy attack that would destroy the Temple and devastate God’s people. Hezekiah’s reply was perplexing - he was happy that all this bad stuff wouldn’t happen until after he died! Isn’t it troubling to see when someone who has lived a passionate and godly life acts selfishly and foolishly? Yet, God recorded more of Hezekiah’s faithfulness than his failings.
How should we focus on the lives of godly people who fall into a season of careless selfishness - especially if they choose to ignore prophetic wisdom and warnings?
Once the godly Hezekiah lazily entered a season of careless selfishness, what resulted with his son, Manasseh (See 2 Kings 21)?
Can a season of carelessness and selfishness impact the legacy of the godly