Don’t touch this….
There are three things they tell a minister to never touch. The Gold, the Glory and the Girls. We have seen some of the largest ministries fail because they touched one, two or three of these things.
There was a godly man in the Bible called King Hezekiah who God used to bring his people back to Himself, to bring prosperity and bring victory over the enemy in the people’s lives.
Listen to what the Bible says about Hezekiah:
2Ki 18:5 He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.
I’m going somewhere with this, this morning. I’m speaking to father’s here today because you are doing something ignorantly. You think your actions are only going to affect your own life but you are making a grave mistake.
You actions are affecting your children’s lives and others. I know of some parents that if they could see the future and KNOW what their actions were going to do to their children they would not do them and would very quickly repent and do what is right in the eyes of the Lord.
So you have this godly King, King Hezekiah and he fears the Lord and restores Judah to the ways of the Lord and the Lord is blessing.
But one day the enemy comes knocking at door, just like the devil, just when everything seems to be going along fine, the Lord is blessing and everything seems good you get a knock at the door of life.
2Ki 18:7 And the LORD was with him; and he prospered whither soever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not.
King Hezekiah had made no agreement with the King of Assyria to pay tribute to him. His Father King Ahaz did but he did not and would not.
Now Israel had rebelled against God and had done evil in the site of God and the Assyrians with their great army come in and took over the land and now they are coming against the southern kingdom which was Judah.
Now how does this relate to the whole father thing. Well when you are trying to do what is right, you are trying to do what is right in the eyes of God you have a certain enemy that is going to rise up against you and you are going to find out that you by yourself are no match for him.
I’m trying to save you from divorce, destruction in your family and your children and others lives today. Now I know there are some fathers that just don’t care about their families and they are just going to do what they want to do. Really they are so focused on self they don’t really care about what happens to their families or others.
This is not about IF the enemy is going to come against your family but it’s about WHEN he is coming. I’m trying to warn some father or fathers today and keep you, your marriage and children from suffering some really bad things. Read on:
2Ki 18:13 Now in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah did Sennacherib king of Assyria come up against all the fenced cities of Judah, and took them.
2Ki 18:14 And Hezekiah king of Judah sent to the king of Assyria to Lachish, saying, I have offended; return from me: that which thou puttest on me will I bear. And the king of Assyria appointed unto Hezekiah king of Judah three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold.
2Ki 18:15 And Hezekiah gave him all the silver that was found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king’s house.
2Ki 18:16 At that time did Hezekiah cut off the gold from the doors of the temple of the LORD, and from the pillars which Hezekiah king of Judah had overlaid, and gave it to the king of Assyria.
You see the devil wants to instill fear into our lives and for us to walk by sight and not by faith. His intention is to steal, kill and destroy anything and everything he can in a Christian’s life.
King Hezekiah is human and sees this great army outside of his city and says I have offended you and wants to know what tribute he wants and the Assyrian King gives a price.
Friend I said it before, sin will take you further than you want to go, cost you more than you want to pay and keep you longer than you want to stay. Read on:
2Ki 18:19 Then Rabshakeh said to them, “Say now to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria, “What is this confidence that you have?
2Ki 18:20 “You say (but they are only empty words), ‘I have counsel and strength for the war.’ Now on whom do you rely, that you have rebelled against me?
In other words in the time of war who are you relying upon? Who are you trusting in for victory? Reading on:
2Ki 18:21 “Now behold, you rely on the staff of this crushed reed, even on Egypt; on which if a man leans, it will go into his hand and pierce it. So is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who rely on him.
2Ki 18:22 “But if you say to me, ‘We trust in the LORD our God,’ is it not He whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah has taken away, and has said to Judah and to Jerusalem, ‘You shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem’?
This guy says if you are trusting in the arm of flesh you are going to suffer allot of pain. Then he makes a direct attack against the man of God to warn them not to listen to King Hezekiah who was telling them to trust in the Lord.
2Ki 18:29 “Thus says the king, ‘Do not let Hezekiah deceive you, for he will not be able to deliver you from my hand;
2Ki 18:30 nor let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, “The LORD will surely deliver us, and this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.”
The devil is always trying to get you to lean to your own understanding and not trust in the Lord. What happens?
2Ki 18:31 ‘Do not listen to Hezekiah, for thus says the king of Assyria, “Make your peace with me and come out to me, and eat each of his vine and each of his fig tree and drink each of the waters of his own cistern,
2Ki 18:32 until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive trees and honey, that you may live and not die.” But do not listen to Hezekiah when he misleads you, saying, “The LORD will deliver us.”
They are trying to persuade God’s people to be their slaves and warn them not to listen to the man of God that is saying, ” The Lord will deliver us.”
The Bible tells us to whom we yield our lives is whose servants we will be. Either the devil or the Lord. Bob Dylan wrote a song and it is absolutely true…YOU’RE GONNA SERVE SOMEBODY!!! Either the devil or God.
2Ki 19:1 And when King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth and entered the house of the LORD.
2Ki 19:5 So the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
When you are facing the enemy for goodness sakes seek the Lord, call upon the Lord and Men of God for counsel. Now Hezekiah gets the counsel from the man of God who gets a WORD from the Lord and it is this:
2Ki 19:6 Isaiah said to them, “Thus you shall say to your master, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me.
2Ki 19:7 “Behold, I will put a spirit in him so that he will hear a rumor and return to his own land. And I will make him fall by the sword in his own land.”‘”
Now this post has gone long enough, I want to get to my point here. God brought a great victory to Judah and Hezekiah. God sent an angel and this is what happened:
2Ki 19:35 Then it happened that night that the angel of the LORD went out and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men rose early in the morning, behold, all of them were dead.
Now this great victory came after Hezekiah prayed and cried out to the Lord for help. In the beginning we find Hezekiah turning himself and Judah to the Lord. When the enemy is coming against him we see him responding in fear but eventually humbling himself and praying and calling upon the Lord and the man of God. Then we see him get a great victory which the Lord gave unto them by sending an angel to destroy 185,000 of the enemy in one night.
You see people heard about this great victory that Hezekiah had gotten against the great king of Assyria and his armies. This victory was to the glory of God. But this glory that was a testimony to the delivering power of God, the greatness of God, the love of God, Hezekiah got lifted up by the praise of the people and was lifted up in pride as if the victory was gotten by his own hand. That the prosperity and blessing that he had received was by his own hand and he failed to give God the glory for the victory. Remember, don’t touch the Gold, the Glory or the Girls.
Hezekiah was stricken down with sickness to the point of death. If fact the man of God came to tell him to put his things in order that he was going to die and the man of God walked out the door. Hezekiah turned on his bed to the wall and begin to cry out to the Lord. Before the man of God could reach the outer courts the Lord spoke to the man of God to go back to King Hezekiah and tell him that He had heard his cry and would give him 15 more years of life. The only man in the Bible, that is recorded that new exactly when he was going to die.
Now back to the fathers. When Hezekiah was lifted up in pride, taking ownership of what God had done and not him it had consequences to his actions and allot of people. When fathers make wrong decisions in raising their families and being a godly example of a husband and father it is not only the children who suffer but also all of the people that those children will come into contact with, and their children and their children. It’s called a generational curse where the sins of the father are passed down to the third and fourth generation.
Hezekiah had a son named Manasseh. After Hezekiah died, Manasseh took his place as King and did great evil in the sight of the Lord even killing innocent children, sacrificing his own children in the fire to false gods. The Bible says he spread innocent blood all across the land and it ended by the enemy coming in and taking hundreds of thousands captive and putting a hook through the nose of Manasseh and bronze shackles on him and putting him on display as a conquered man.
Let’s close with this. Daddy, what are you going to do with your children’s lives? You are going to look back one day and either say I’m glad I cried out to the Lord and repented of my way of living or you are going to be looking at horrible lives for your children and maybe even staring down at them in coffins and carrying regret with you all of your living days.
What’s it going to take daddy? My prayer is you will cry out to the Lord, repent and find grace and help in your time of trouble. God bless you today….