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

* Dear God, in Your steadfast love give us life, that we might keep the testimonies of Your mouth.

“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 – not these things 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.

Like a drowning, floundering soul grasping onto anything floating in the ocean and gripping tight for their life.

God is our Heavenly Father. We are, in as much as is possible for us as frail jars, to hold fast to Him.

Hezekiah is an example for us today.

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

Praise God that He loves us so much!

* Great God Above,

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 hold fast to You each day.


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