Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Are we a show off? Do we live by faith and yet wanted others to live by sight? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To prove that living by faith will benefit us more and especially if we share our faith. IV. TE
Are we a show off? Do we live by faith and yet wanted others to live by sight?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To prove that living by faith will benefit us more and especially if we share our faith.
2 Chronicles 32:24-26 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill. He prayed to the Lord, who healed him and gave him a miraculous sign.
But Hezekiah did not respond appropriately to the kindness shown him, and he became proud. So the Lord’s anger came against him and against Judah and Jerusalem.
Then Hezekiah humbled himself and repented of his pride, as did the people of Jerusalem. So the Lord’s anger did not fall on them during Hezekiah’s lifetime.
We live by faith and not by sight and let others do it as well.
Romans 1:17 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”
2 Corinthians 5:7 (New Revised Standard Version)
for we walk by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7 (New International Version)
We live by faith, not by sight.
Hezekiah Cause Of Fall
A. Distinctive Features: Spiritual element in the history is more emphasized than in Kings.
B. Contents: Unfolds the reign of the son of David and of the family of David.
C. Spiritual message: Power of prayer to give success and victory
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. He asked for a sign - signs are for unbelievers.
"He prayed to the Lord, who healed him and gave him a miraculous sign. "
1. Isn't it enough for King Hezekiah to be convinced that GOD said he will be healed, is not GOD's Words trustworthy? or reliable enough? that there's a need for GOD to convince Him. GOD is not pleased with anyone approaching him in unbelief or much worse, anyone approaching him wanting him to convince him more of his Presence. Anyone approaching GOD must approach Him in faith, believing already that GOD exists and that GOD is a rewarder of those who seek for Him with sincerity. Asking for a sign will only make you appear as hypocrites, because you're testing GOD. It's evil and adulterous for a mere creature to test his Creator, it's like humans testing GOD, not the other way around. It's proper for GOD to test his creations, creatures, that's us and not the other way around. So don't complain if we're under trials, rejoice because GOD counted us worthy. It's devilish to test GOD, see in the fasting of our LORD JESUS, Satan came testing Him, acting as GOD.
"What sign will the Lord give to prove that he will heal me"
Hebrews 11:6 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
2 Kings 20:8 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
Meanwhile, Hezekiah had said to Isaiah, “What sign will the Lord give to prove that he will heal me and that I will go to the Temple of the Lord three days from now?”