Today we visited the Hezekiah’s Tunnel. We stepped into the water and walked through the long tunnel once. It was exciting! The water went deepest to the knee, but most of the time the water only reached to the half of the leg —- for a person who is five feet and seven inches tall. I was sleepy before I went into the tunnel, but woke up immediately after stepping into the water. The water went deep in the very beginning, making you feel excited. I love it.
That time Jerusalem only had one water source, i.e. Gihon Spring, which was situated outside the city of David . If the enemy came attacking, it’s dangerous or impossible to go out from the city to the Kidrom Valley to get the water.
So Hezekiah built the tunnel and brought water to the city.
Is the Hezekiah’s Tunnel important?
I believe it’s extremely important. When Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against Jerusalem , except for building defense walls, the Hezekiah’s Tunnel must have helped the people of Jerusalem getting water incessantly.
However, the Bible put emphasis on the repentance and petition of King Hezekiah, as well as the miraculous salvation of God, without mentioning a word on the building of walls or the Hezekiah’s tunnel in the narrative of the war against Assyria .
If there is no 2 King 20:20, we won’t know Hezekiah had made pool and brought water into city:
As for the other events of Hezekiah's reign, all his achievements and how he made the pool and the tunnel by which he brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah?
Building water tunnel is a great thing for Jerusalem people. Every good ruler will do a lot of infrastructure for his people. But from here I learn a spiritual lesson:
The fear of God is much more important than the endeavor of man. Building Hezekiah’s tunnel is important, but fearing God is far more important.