We do not know whether Hezekiah’s shortsighted pride was directly responsible for the Babylonian captivity or merely played into it. However, we do know that even though Hezekiah loved God and the people before him, he did not have a sense of legacy that transferred these things to the next generation. His mindset was still very earthly as was demonstrated by his love for his life and his treasures. It is also demonstrated by his disregard for the future of Israel and his sons going into Babylonian captivity. It is also demonstrated by the fact that his successor, his son, will be an evil king again. It is good that he loved God and followed his ways. God is pleased with this. Yet, it is not righteous that he lacked an eternally minded outlook. The nation and even his own family would pay the price for such shortsightedness. We ought to care more for the future in our thoughts and desires. We ought to not be frivolous and boastful about how God has blessed us. All these things have dire consequences. We must always remember that we are part of a chain that binds God’s people, plan and legacy throughout history. We owe the entire chain, past and future , more than an eye for the now.
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY.
First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years.
I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.
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