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This Guy’s on My Team!
December 31, 2009, 6:24 am
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The author of 2 Kings has an agenda in the beginning of his discussion of Hezekiah. In 2 Kings 18:3-5, we learn that he:

  • Did right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David had done
  • Removed the high places (secondary sites of worship which were OK during times of war when God’s people could not get to the Temple, but not OK during times of peace: tended toward idolatrous syncretism)
  • Broke down the pillars (statues/idols peculiar to the cultus of pagan worship)
  • Cut down the Asherah poles (tree stumps or logs carved to represent the Canaanite goddess)
  • Busted up the bronze serpent because people were worshiping it
  • Trusted the Lord
  • Stood out among the kings of Judah
  • Clung to the Lord
  • Did not depart from following the Lord
  • Kept the Lord’s commandments (the ones given to Moses)

Translation: Hezekiah was a hero. Whatever follows in the narrative must be read in light of this inspired appraisal of his character: from his interactions with Sennacherib to his failures in regards to the Temple treasures.

Is. 38:8

Hezekiah receives news of his impending death from Isaiah

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