05.18.2014 Old Testament: 2Ki 20.8–11
To read the Bible in a year, read Second Kings 20–22 on May 18, In the year of our Lord 2014
By Don Ruhl
At the age of thirty-nine, the Lord told King Hezekiah that he would die, but he prayed to the Lord, and He promised to grant the king another fifteen years of life. However, Hezekiah wanted to know for sure that this was a promise from the Lord,
And Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “What is the sign that the Lord will heal me, and that I shall go up to the house of the Lord the third day?” Then Isaiah said, “This is the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do the thing which He has spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees or go backward ten degrees?” And Hezekiah answered, “It is an easy thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees; no, but let the shadow go backward ten degrees.” So Isaiah the prophet cried out to the Lord, and He brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down on the sundial of Ahaz (2 Kings 20.8–11).
The Lord gave the king a choice, and the king wisely chose the more difficult of the two. Truly, He who made the sun and the universe, could do just as Hezekiah requested, and by that he would know that the Most High God rules not only in the heavens, but also in the king’s life.