August 18, 2013

Introduction to The Hollow


2 Kings 21:1-16

During the last few years of his life, we don’t know how much time Hezekiah spent with his son. Nothing in 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles, or Isaiah mentions Hezekiah spending time mentoring and training his son, Manasseh, to be king or teaching him to walk with God.

What if he had thought more about the legacy he was leaving behind? What if he had spent the time he should have molding Manasseh into a man of God? Ultimately, his pride and lack of vision for the future eradicated all the positive things Hezekiah achieved while he was on the throne. Hezekiah’s exit from scripture is colored with shades of hollow melancholy and deep regret and brings to mind John Greenleaf Whittier’s poetic lines found in his poem, Maud Muller: “For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: ‘It might have been!’”