October 16, Reading 1 – 2 Kings 18

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SAA Notes

Hezekiah is like Solomon, a glorious beginning with an ending that brings the dissolution of the kingdom and the judgment of God. Without Christ’s atonement, paradise is always lost by the saints. We who are spiritual (i.e. alive to God) are so easily overcome. Hezekiah repented (2 Chronicles 32:26) but that could not atone!

SJA Notes

“He trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel, so that there was none like him among all the kings of Judah after him, nor among those who were before him. For he held fast to the LORD.”

For he held fast to the LORD.

Notice that it is not great acts of kingship or politics, excellence in warfare or diplomacy that makes Hezekiah a king set apart.

It is because he held fast to the LORD. Like a little child grabbing hold of their parent’s leg when they are scared, tired, questioning or excited.

God is our Father. We are, as much as is possible for us as broken limited frail flesh, to hold fast to Him.

We have here in this reading an exhortation for us today to mirror Hezekiah in holding fast to our God.

Hezekiah was both the Lord’s Christ and a disciple of Jesus – Walking with the Lord.

Let us be encouraged to cling fast to the Lord. To express our desperate need for His strength, His arms to wrap us tight. For Him to save us daily from the troubles of this world, because we cannot save ourselves. For Him to wash us clean in forgiveness of our sins, the daily muck and grime of sin in our lives.

Praise God that He loves us!

* Great God Above,

Thank You that You love us!

Thank You for this witness Hezekiah gives us in that he held fast to You.

Please Lord God, please equip and strengthen, humble and grow us that we might too hold fast to You each day, walking on this narrow road.

Amen.

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