Rev. Dr. Delesslyn A. Kennebrew, J.D., M.Div.
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Salvation and Stilettos Blog
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|Posted on April 7, 2014 at 8:50 AM|
#ONEWord - DEATH
2 Kings 20: 1-6
In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”
2 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 3 “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
4 Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: 5 “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the Lord. 6 I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.’”
Let me just say this upfront... NOBODY likes to talk about death! And I have mulled over doing so in this blog post. BUT I do feel like a reflection on this passage would be incomplete if I did not address the King's motivation for pleading for his life. DEATH.
DEATH is not always the most pleasant of conversations but that is exactly the word that Hezekiah heard about his own life from the prophet Isaiah.
The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”
WOW! What A Word! In a day, when we are thinking positive and speaking life, to hear DEATH as the final answer is totally contrary to what we want to happen in our lives. And although we ALL know that DEATH is the fate of all of our lives one day, we do not want to talk about it today....UNLESS we just have to. Though, even then, we are more apt to talk about the DEATH of someone else and not our own.
Yet in this passage, the Lord's word to the King through the prophet, is DEATH. He is not referring to the death of an enemy or a close relative. He is being told of his own death AND now he has to deal with it.
So, let's deal with it.
What about it?
What about yours?
I am not being prophetic in that I am not declaring the coming to the end of your own life. But we all know that DEATH is part of the circle of life and one day, DEATH will be our destiny. So, in what ways are you making the MOST of your own LIFE NOW?
I cannot imagine hearing or even reciting those words....
You/I am going to die.
You/I will not recover.
Those are the words the Prophet told the King and I will be honest with you when I tell you that I am not comfortable thinking about DEATH EXCEPT for the hope that I have for LIFE after death with God forever.
But to think about what I have to go through to get to forever, DEATH, this is not a usual topic of conversation for me or for anyone that might read this blog post. However, I guess, on today, we are being pushed to truly think about this #ONEWord - DEATH. We are being challenged to think about what our end might look like. More importantly, I think we are being challenged to think about what kind of LIFE we are living in advance of this inevitable step to forever.
PLEASE BE CLEAR - Though the Lord, did honor Hezekiah's request to extend his life, Hezekiah still had to face DEATH on another day, even if it was years down the road. AND also, BE CLEAR that the Lord's honoring of the King's prayer was in large part based on the LIFE the King had lived in advance of this declaration.
BlogFam, DEATH is a part of the circle of life and it is a step towards forever and it is coming for you and me and everybody else. BUT my question is this - How are you living your life NOW? AND if the pronouncement of death came to you and you prayed to the Lord to extend your life, what would you ask the Lord to REMEMBER about your life as you are living it right now?
DEATH is coming one day. And that day may be a day of sadness, tears, joy, laughter, reflection, appreciation, grief and relief. That day could be the best and the worst day for someone. DEATH means different things for different people. But no matter what you think about it or when you think it will come or how it will happen for you, ONE DAY, we/you/I will die and not recover.
So, how are you living your life right NOW?
GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!
Delesslyn A. Kennebrew
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