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Observations:. Life Is Uncertain! Prov. 27:1 . Eccl. 9:5 , “the Living know they shall die.” Jas. 4:14 . They do not know when !

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  1. Observations: • Life Is Uncertain! Prov. 27:1. • Eccl. 9:5, “the Living know they shall die.” • Jas. 4:14. They do not know when! • In view of the certainty of death, and the uncertainty of when, coupled with the certainty of the judgment to come, Heb. 9:27, we need to set our houses in order!

  2. 2 Kings 20:1-6 • V. 1. “In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die and not live. • V. 2. Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord saying, • V. 3. I beseech thee, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

  3. 2 Kings 20:4-6 • V. 4. “And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying, • V. 5. Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord. • V. 6. And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.”

  4. Facts About Hezekiah: • He was the King of Judah, 726-697 BC. • The 13th of 20 kings, I Kings 12-2 Kings 25 • 25 years old when he began to reign; he reigned 29 years, 2 Kings 18:1. • Contemporary with Isaiah, Isaiah 1:1; 2 Kgs. 20:1 • He was the son of Ahaz, 2 Kings 16:20. • Ahaz reigned 16 years; was evil, 2 Kings 16:2-4. • 2 Chron. 28:19: He “encouraged moral decline in Judah and had been continually unfaithful to the Lord,” NKJV. • He brought ruin upon the nation!

  5. Facts about Hezekiah (con’t) • 2 Kgs. 18:3. “He did that which was right… • 2 Kgs. 18:5,6, “He trusted in the Lord God of.. • 2 Chron. 29:3-36. Cleansed the temple and restored worship in Jerusalem. • During a time of siege he built a tunnel from the Gihon Spring to bring water to Jerusalem, 2 Kings 20:20; 2 Chron. 32:30. • In times of Crises He prayed; God answered! • 2 Kings 19:14-19. • 2 Kings 20:1-2

  6. But Hezekiah was Not Perfect! • After God spared his life, the king of Babylon sent envoys to Hezekiah,who showed him all the vast treasures of his house, 2 Kings 20:12-19; Isaiah 39:1-8. Isaiah rebuked Hezekiah, and informed him that his descendants would be carried to Babylon, whose king would make eunuch of them, and they would serve the king of Babylon.

  7. Examine Text, 2 King 20:1-6 • V. 1. “Set your house in order, for thou shalt die and not live.” • V. 2. “He turned his face to the wall, and prayed…. Cf. Isaiah 38:2 • He petitioned God to “remember:” • “How I walked before thee in truth,” • “And with a perfect (“loyal”), NKJV, heart” • “and have done that which is good in thy sight.”

  8. Examine text, 2 Kings 20:1-6, con’t • 2 Kgs. 20:3. He “wept sore,” or “bitterly,” NKJV. Isaiah 38:3. • He did not manifest the same spirit as did Paul in Philippians 1:21,23. • A factor to remember: • He was only 39 years old (2 Kg. 18:2; 20:6). • He had no heirs to the throne. Manasseh, his son and successor, was born three years after his recovery, 2 Kings 21:1.

  9. GodImmediately Answered His Prayer, 2 Kg. 20:4-6; Isa. 38:4-6,. • “I have heard thy prayer,” 2 King 20:5. • “I have seen thy tears,” 2 Kings 20:5. • “I will heal thee,” 2 Kings 20:5. • “I will add unto thy days 15 years,” 20:5 • “I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria,” 20:6. • “I will defend this city for..my sake.” • Note: God then gave him a “Sign,” 8-11.

  10. Application for People today, cf. Romans 15:4 • We, too, shall die and not live! Causes: • The body wears out, 2 Cor. 5:1; Eccl. 12:1-7. • Disease, 2 Kings 1:2; Matt. 4:24. • Murder, Genesis 4:8. • Suicide, I Samuel 31:4. • Accident, Luke 13:4. • What Occurs at Death? • The spirit leaves the body, James 2:26. • Earthly ties are broken, Gen. 23:1-4. • The soul goes to the hadean realm to await the judgment, Luke 16:19-31.

  11. Set Your House in Order By: • Making provisions for your family, I Tim. 5:8. • Making a will, Hebrews 9:15-17. • Repairing broken human relations. • Domestic, Eph. 5:25; 6:1-2,4; Titus 2:4-5. • Social, Romans 13:8,10. • Spiritual, Matt. 5:23; 18:15-17. • Doing what it takes to be right with God! • Alien Sinners Must Obey the Gospel. • Members of the church who have fallen away must repent, pray, confess, Acts 8:22; I John 1:7-9

  12. Conclusion: • Most People, when they die, have not set their houses in order; especially as it pertains to their relationship with God. • Don’t make that Mistake!!

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