Yeshayahu Thirty-Eight: Hezekiah’s Illness

Hezekiah becomes very sick, and Isaiah comes to tell him that he’ll be dying soon. Comforting. Hezekiah struggles to accept his fate, and reminds God of how good he had been throughout his life. God listens to this supplication, and decides to add fifteen years to Hezekiah’s life. Isaiah is tasked with sharing the happy news with the king. At this time, there’s an interlude where the writings of Hezekiah from this period of his illness are shared. “The living, the living, he shall thank You, like me today; a father shall inform his children of Your truth. The Lord [has promised] to save me, and we will play my hymns all the days of our life in the House of the Lord (Isaiah 38:19-20).” Hezekiah has been rewarded, so he’s praising God to the extreme. It’s easy to praise when you’re on the receiving end of a miracle. Would he have reacted the same way without the additional decade and a half of life though?


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