Hezekiah, an example of piety
At his death, Hezekiah was buried “in the highest place of the sepulchers of the sons of David; and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did him honor” (2 Chronicles 32:33). He is in every respect different from his father Ahaz. Here are some differences between the two.
—His father turned entirely to idolatry, and even sacrificed one of his sons to these horrible idols. Hezekiah, he turned wholly to the Lord his God, and celebrated the Passover which speaks of the sacrifice of the Son of God for the salvation of whosoever believes in Him.
—His father set aside the altar of brass and made another, modified the house as he wanted and finally, he closed the doors of the temple. Hezekiah opens the doors of the temple, and has the house sanctified and cleansed.
—Ahaz turned to the king of Assyria and his idols for help, and got none. Hezekiah turned to the Lord and they were miraculously saved from their enemy, the king of Assyria.
—When his father died, he was not even buried in the sepulcher of the kings of Israel. But Hezekiah was given the highest place.
Hezekiah did “what was right in the sight of Jehovah, according to all that David his father had done” (2 Chronicles 29: 2). And “his good deeds” (2 Chronicles 32:32) are also reported to us. Just like us Hezekiah was not perfect, but his heart was really for God. He learned his lessons and we also grow in the things of God.
Here are three lessons taken from the reign of Hezekiah to continue to grow in the ways of God.