We see, once again, the power of prayer in chapter 38.
POWER OF PRAYER
👉 Hezekiah became deathly ill (v 1).
👉 He prayed to the Lord (v 2).
👉 The Lord heard his prayer and added 15 years to his life (v 5).
But, lest we forget, these people in Scripture are real people with real stories and real sins.
In chapter 39, we see that Hezekiah could be a bit prideful.
PUNISHMENT FOR PRIDE
👉 Babylon, which represented everything opposed to God, sent gifts and words of flattery to Hezekiah (v 1).
👉 Hezekiah lets them into his home and shows them his entire wealth, military and supplies (v 2).
👉 The Lord then announced that that very enemy would one day carry off all that Hezekiah had – including his own sons (v 6).
Do you remember Hezekiah’s instructions to his men when the enemy came with threats and taunts in chapter 36?
“Do not answer him.”
Remember, we never entertain the enemy.
Yet, when the enemy showed up with praise and flattery, Hezekiah opened wide the door and welcomed him.
Tsk, tsk, Hezekiah.
Whether he comes with fight or flattery, do not entertain the enemy.