First, look at Isaiah 39:5 – 8. Hezekiah’s response is on the order of, “that is just dandy.” What? The nation is going to be defeated, overrun, and carried away into exile – that is a good word? What was he thinking?
The Spirit tells us. He was pumped that it was not going to happen on his watch. Unbelievable.
Second, his son. Manasseh was one of the worst kings of Judah. Look at how he is described in 2 Chronicles 33:1 – 9. Verse 9 got my attention, “…Thus Manasseh misled Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do more evil than the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the sons of Israel.”
The contrast is stark, cling to the Lord versus lead the nation into more evil than those Israel drove out of the land.
Hezekiah was focused on himself, he was short sighted, he did not invest, pass on his faith to his son. So even though he is considered one of the good kings of Judah, from my perspective he was an abject failure. His legacy was evil and the destruction of the nation.
As fathers and leaders we have to do more than just obey. We have to do what the Great Commission demands. We have to look past our time and pass on the truth of the gospel and the heart to cling to, abide in the Lord.
If we do not, we may be good in our life time, but our legacy will be like Hezekiah's, disaster.