1 At that time Marduk-Baladan son of Baladan king of Babylon sent Hezekiah
letters and a gift, because he had heard of his illness and recovery.
2 Hezekiah received the envoys gladly and showed them what was in his
storehouses—the silver, the gold, the spices, the fine olive oil—his entire
armory and everything found among his treasures. There was nothing in
his palace or in all his kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them.
3 Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and asked, “What did
those men say, and where did they come from?” “From a distant land, ”
Hezekiah replied. “They came to me from Babylon.”4 The prophet asked,
“What did they see in your palace?”“They saw everything in my palace,”
Hezekiah said. “There is nothing among my treasures that I did not show
them.”5 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the LORD Almighty:
6 The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and
all that your predecessors have stored up until this day, will be carried off
to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the LORD. 7 And some of your descendants,
your own flesh and blood who will be born to you, will be taken
away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.
”8 “The word of the LORD you have spoken is good, ” Hezekiah replied.
For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my lifetime. ”
1.Hezekiah listened to Isaiah’s words about God’s sovereignty, and
trusted the Lord to remove the Assyrian threat. God did. When he
became sick, he recalled what God had said through Isaiah about
the Lord’s willingness to restore the godly and Hezekiah called on
God, pleading his godly life. And the Lord did heal.
2.But Hezekiah slipped. Isaiah had spoken of Babylon as an enemy
of God’s people. Yet when envoys from Babylon came to “congratulate”
the king on his recovery, Hezekiah showed them every one
of his royal treasures. Isaiah furiously announced that the day was
coming when the Babylonians would carry Hezekiah’s treasures
and his descendants into captivity.
3.We need to take all of God’s words to heart. We can’t pick and
choose parts of God’s word to believe and claim the promises we
want. We need to pay close attention to every message of the Word,
for forgetting or choosing not to hear God’s word can cause us trouble
Prayer & Journaling: Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse
with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down
any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.