How Your Heart Brings Wealth
Many know the story of King Hezekiah from the Old Testament. King Hezekiah was the son of Ahaz, not to be confused with the wicked King Ahab. Hezekiah started his reign in Jerusalem at the age of 25 ( See 2 Chronicles 29:1 ) and he reigned in Jerusalem 29 years. King Hezekiah was a good king that loved God. He restores worship to the true God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
But when the King of Assyria threatened God’s people in Jerusalem and spoke against ” the God of Jerusalem ” Hezekiah and Isaiah the prophet prayed and cried out to God ( See 2 Chronicles 32:9 – 20 ).
Did God send an army? NO! Did God send America? NO! God sent ” an angel ” one, an angel. God dispatched one angel to help Jerusalem, Hezekiah and Isaiah. Why mention this? Because Hezekiah is a good example of someone whose heart is for God, not just their deeds. Hezekiah is a good example of how God works with mankind – Those who genuinely love God.
Hezekiah was lifted up as a leader.
He was faithful to God ( 2 Kings 18 )
God healed him and extended his life 15 years ( 2 Kings 20:1-7).
God sent an angel to help him ( 2 Chronicles 32:21 ).
God gave him riches and honour ( 2 Chronicles 32:21 ).
So if anyone tells you God does not do that next time, point to Hezekiah.
I wanted to point out, it is not what people say, or what people do (deeds/works whether good or evil), God looks at the heart. And because God is holy and we are created in sin, we could never be good enough for God. And that is why Jesus Christ came, to make things right with God and man. What does your heart say about God? About Jesus Christ?
But I want to point out a couple other points. I wondered, who were these Assyrians? Where were they? The map below shows what is believed to be the Assyrian area. I have not checked it out from scripture yet. With the turmoil in Jerusalem and Israel and their neighbors trying to steal their land again, I recalled Hezekiah made the news recently.
When the Arabs were excavating under The Temple Mount for plumbing, they dumped the dirt over the walls. Archeologists sifted through the dirt and found coins inscribed King Hezekiah King of Jerusalem. When you look at biblical timelines ( Bible Timelines , King Hezekiah became king of Jerusalem in the 8th century BC meaning from 715 BC to 687 BC. That means before the common era.
Islam says Muhammed was born about 570 CE and died about June 8, 632 CE / Common Era – that means Muhammed was born about 1257 years after King Hezekiah. So when the Arabs threw the excavation dirt over the wall and the coins were found in the dirt, the Arabs sealed their fate proving, The Temple Mount belongs to Israel. Here is a picture of the coin found in the dirt from the Temple Mount dirt.
Food for thought. Until next time.