Friday, March 22, 2019

12. Kings: 12. Ahaz 13. Hezekiah
Lesson 12
12. Ahaz 13. Hezekiah
Kings #12 - #13 of Judah
2 Kings 16 & 18
2 Chronicles 28-32
 12. Ahaz 2 Kings 15:38-16:20, 2 Chronicles 28-32
Ahaz became the king of Judah during the 17th year of King Pekah of Israel’s reign. He was the son of Jotham and was 20 years old. He was the king of Judah for 16 years in Jerusalem. He was evil and worshipped the idols instead of God.
There were battles as usual and God used some of them against King Ahaz for his encouragement of moral decline and his unfaithfulness to God. King Rezin of Syria and King Pekah of Israel went to Jerusalem and besieged King Ahaz but couldn’t overtake him. Ahab did lose Elath to King Rezin and the Edomites lived there. Ahaz sent gifts to the king of Assyria asking for help. The king of Assyria came and conquered. He took Damascus and killed King Rezin of Syria.
King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet with King Tiglath-Pileser of Assyria. He saw an altar there and sent the design and pattern to Urijah the priest. The priest made a replica of the altar and when Ahaz returned, he made offerings and sacrifices on it. He changed some of the other items in the temple for his idol worship and Urijah the priest obeyed King Ahaz and not God’s law.
The more problems Ahaz had, the more unfaithful to God he became. The idols ruined King Ahaz and his people. He cut up the articles in the temple of God and shut the doors to the temple. He built altars in every corner of Jerusalem. Every city of Judah had places to burn incense to the idols. God was very angry. 
When Ahaz died, he was buried in Jerusalem but not in the tombs of the kings. His son Hezekiah became the next king.
13. Hezekiah 2 Kings 16:20, 18:1-20:21, 2 Chronicles 29-32
Hezekiah became the king of Judah during the 3rd year of King Hoshea of Israel. He was the son of Ahaz and became the king when he was 25 years old. He was the king of Judah for 29 years in Jerusalem.
He was a good king and did what right in God’s sight. King Hezekiah removed the altars, broke the idols and cut down the wooden idols. He broke the bronze serpent that Moses made into pieces.  He trusted in God. There wasn’t another king like him. He was faithful to God. He kept His commandments. God was with King Hezekiah and he prospered. He fought against the king of Assyria and refused to serve him. He was also victorious over the Philistines.
During his first month as king, he cleaned out the temple and told the Levites that they were to prepare to do their jobs in the temple. They were going to follow God’s laws while he was the king! They cleaned the temple and gathered the necessary items for worship.
King Hezekiah also sent out letters to invite everyone to come and celebrate the Passover. They also gathered together to celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
It was during the 4th year he was the king of Judah that the Israel kingdom was taken captive by the Assyrians. King Hoshea was the king of Israel at the time. During Hezekiah’s 14th year, King Sennacherib of Assyria took the fortified cities of Judah, Hezekiah sent the Assyrian king a message that he had done wrong and would pay whatever he was told. Hezekiah sent the requested gold and silver to the king of Assyria, which made him feel more pride and power.
The king of Assyria sent a huge army to Hezekiah.  Some of Hezekiah’s men went to speak with them and the Assyrians mocked them for staying faithful to God. “Did they think that God would save them? Why are you putting your trust in Him? Do you think you have power to win a battle over the Assyrians?” The Assyrians shouted for everyone to hear that God would deliver them into the Assyrians hands. The people didn’t respond to them. Hezekiah told the people to “Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or dismayed! There are more of us and we have the Lord on our side!”
When King Hezekiah heard about it, he tore his clothes and covered himself with sackcloth. He went into the temple and sent for Isaiah the prophet. Isaiah told Hezekiah to ignore what the Assyrians had said because they blasphemed God. They would hear a rumor and return home. The Assyrians returned home and when Hezekiah read the message informing him, he prayed and praised God.
Hezekiah became sick and was close to dying. Isaiah the prophet went to see him. Isaiah told him to get things in order because he wasn’t going to live.
 Hezekiah turned to the wall and prayed to God. He reminded God that he had been faithful. He cried severely. Isaiah was leaving and was in the middle court when God spoke to him.
 He went back to Hezekiah and told him that God heard his prayer and had seen his tears. God said he would give him a longer life and would heal him. On the third day that he went to the temple, God would give him 15 more years. He would also be safe from the king of Assyria. Isaiah told him to take a lump of figs and lay it on the boil and he was cured.
King Hezekiah had great wealth and honor. He had treasuries of silver, gold, precious stones, spices, shields and other desirable things. He had storehouses for grain, wine and oil. He had an abundance of livestock and sheep. Hezekiah built a pool and a tunnel to bring water into the west side of the city. He prospered in everything he did.
When Hezekiah died, he was buried in the upper tombs of the kings and all the people honored him. His son Manasseh became the king.
This set of Magnetic Board Visuals for King Ahaz was designed by Christina Barkley. She also wrote the lesson outline that is included. As you teach, add each rock to create the altar. At the end, remind students that the kings were wrong to worship idols. Click here to download.
King Ahaz has a worksheet available. Thanks to Christina Barkley for the questions and answers. Click here to download.
Hezekiah has a worksheet available also.
 The application packs contain any extra posters, worksheets, maps, etc. specific for the king(s) listed. Each set is different and may contain printables that will be used for more than one king.

This application pack contains the information posters. It also has these scripture posters that will work for almost any lesson series; not just Hezekiah or a kings study. The bronze serpent poster is included. You will need to add the sentence that is in the text above. There is a crossword puzzle and a worksheet to discuss prayer for Hezekiah only. Click here for the application pack.
Most visuals used in these lessons are in the Kings Visual Pack. This has an assortment of visuals that are used in several lessons. You can print one set to reuse, or print a set for each lesson. The other visuals are in the application pack. Click here to download.
All are not Shown.
Click here to download the pictures to color.
(These are the same as the visuals but are black & white.)


  1. Question! These lessons and graphics are great, thanks. Was going through and noticed Lesson 10 (Kings of Judah 9. Amaziah 10. Azariah (Uzziah) 11. Jotham) is missing, but the following lesson of Kings of Judah (12. Ahaz and 13. Hezekiah) is available. Is there something I'm missing/something wrong with my web access?

    1. Here is the link for that lesson:


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