A Godly Politician
2 Kings 18:1-7
Many, many, many years ago there was a man who stole a horse late one Saturday night in Boston. The Police found him not far from the scene of the crime on Monday morning. They were amazed that he stayed so close to are from which he stole the horse. They asked him, ''How is it that you did not get away yesterday? You had all Sunday to ride off into the sunset?'' The man responded, ''I have some very strong convictions about traveling on Sunday.''
Talk about a mixed up sense of values. That is a messed up morality. That described the political climate of the nations of Judah and Israel. It describes the political and moral climate of today.
Believe it or not, we are going to look at the life of a politician tonight. It will be G-rated and not sexually explicit so it will not be about Donald Trump. It will promote honesty, integrity and faithfulness to God so it will not be about Hillary Clinton. We are going to look at the life of an OT King by the name of Hezekiah and lean some of what it takes to be a person who pleases God and prospers in His Kingdom.
Hezekiah was king over Judah, the southern Kingdom. To really appreciate Hezekiah (who was not perfect) and the verses we are about to read it would be helpful to understand something of the environmental influences in his life. I want us to think about the home he grew up in and the religious and political/national climate of his day.
The majority of Kings in Judah to this point had been condemned, rebuked and rejected by God because of the unfaithfulness and idolatry. The political and moral climate of the nation was extremely low and zeal for true faith in God was almost non-existent.
Hezekiah's father, King Ahaz, was wicked king and even worse father.
1. He made molten images to the Baals (false gods)
2. He made his sons walk through the fires of Bin-hinnom. It was not a test of manhood or strength. It means he sacrificed them to thos ...
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