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October 19

“... after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him ... and he prospered whithersoever he went forth"  2 Kings 18:5, 7

"... will you miss the coronation completely?" 


To Old Testament students, the kings of Israel and Judah elicit a fan base not unlike modern professional sports.  Regardless of who you talk to with interest and knowledge in this area, they will have their kings categorized by friend or fiend.  Over the centuries, from Saul to Zedekiah, there were heroes and villains, cowards and courageous, loyalist and traitor, some selfless, and others selfish.  The southern line was made up entirely of blue bloods to preserve the kingly line of David.  The northern line of kings, on the other hand, requires a college genealogists, and some fancy software to track.  No matter the pedigree though, both kingdoms had their share of winners and losers.  When the saga of their demise closed in 586 B.C., at the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, a chapter of world history didn't end; but it was put on pause. 

King Hezekiah of the south, spoken of here in 2 Kings 18, bears the Biblical distinction of being the greatest among his peers, either before, or after ... save ONE.  At least three things stand out about this king which make up the root system of his success:

  1. Hezekiah removed the wrong.  "He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it ..."  No passivity here ... but rather an aggressive and proactive approach to rid his sphere of every influence and power, of all which diminished GOD'S same.

  2. Hezekiah righted the worship.  "He trusted in the LORD GOD of Israel ... For he clave to the LORD, and departed not from following HIM, but kept HIS commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses."  As this king turned his sights upon the LORD, revival rushed into the vacuum created at the vanquish of every idol.

  3. Hezekiah resisted the wicked.  "... he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not.  He smote the Philistines, even unto Gaza, and the borders thereof, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city."  Having purged the home front of sin, and reset the sights of a nation back upon GOD; he then turned his guns upon those persons and things beyond his sphere, which threatened the ground he had won. 

"And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our LORD, and of HIS CHRIST; and HE shall reign for ever and ever."  At a time known only to GOD, the pause of HIS plan for Israel will resume to play, and a hostile takeover, a coup d'é·tat of global scale, will usher the KING OF KINGS to HIS rightful place upon David's throne.  Are you presently ready and waiting as a subject of that Kingdom, or will you miss the coronation completely? 

"And out of HIS mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and HE shall rule them with a rod of iron: and HE treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of ALMIGHTY GOD.  And HE hath on HIS vesture and on HIS thigh a NAME written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."

For Love of Country
Robert Charles Winthrop  (1809-1894)
(American legislator)
"All societies of men must be governed in some way or other.  The less they have of stringent State Government, the more they must have of individual self-government.  The less they rely on public law or physical force, the more they must rely on private moral restraint."

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