Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hezekiah-A Thankful Heart for Fifteen More Years

By Mary Vee
Isaiah 38

From the Journals of Hezekiah

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I didn't deserve God's mercy.

He healed me from a disease that nearly killed me. 

During all the days I have ruled Judah, I have tried to obey God. I'm not perfect, which means I made mistakes, but I kept trying my best. 

God rewarded my devotion to Him by letting me live fifteen years more.

This is my thanksgiving praise to God:

I said,
“In the prime of my life
I shall go to the gates of Sheol;
I am deprived of the remainder of my years.”

 I said,
“I shall not see the Lord,
The Lord in the land of the living;
I shall observe man no more among the inhabitants of the world.

 My life span is gone,
Taken from me like a shepherd’s tent;
I have cut off my life like a weaver.
He cuts me off from the loom;
From day until night You make an end of me.

 I have considered until morning—
Like a lion,
So He breaks all my bones;
From day until night You make an end of me.

 Like a crane or a swallow, so I chattered;
I mourned like a dove;
My eyes fail from looking upward.
Lord, I am oppressed;
Undertake for me!
 “What shall I say?
He has both spoken to me,
And He Himself has done it.
I shall walk carefully all my years
In the bitterness of my soul.

 O Lord, by these things men live;
And in all these things is the life of my spirit;
So You will restore me and make me live.

 Indeed it was for my own peace
That I had great bitterness;
But You have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption,
For You have cast all my sins behind Your back.

 For Sheol cannot thank You,
Death cannot praise You;
Those who go down to the pit cannot hope for Your truth.

 The living, the living man, he shall praise You,
As I do this day;
The father shall make known Your truth to the children.
 “The Lord was ready to save me;
And we will sing with stringed instruments
All the days of our life, in the house of the Lord.”

1.  Who was Hezekiah?
2.  What problem did Hezekiah have?
3.  Who healed him?
4.  How many more years did God give him?
5.  What did Hezekiah do next?

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