(8 verses, :42.2 to read)
What I am about to READ
Hezekiah receives envoys from Babylon and a warning from Isaiah.
MARK and LEARN
We learn from the book of 2 Kings 20 that the king of Babylon Merodach-baladan was looking for alliances to help defend from the marauding Assyrians. When he sends an envoy to Hezekiah bearing letters and a present of congratulations after Hezekiah’s period of illness, there is certainly more there than a simple kind gesture. Babylon is looking for alliances.
Hezekiah is eager to please his guests and shows them all his royal stores, presumably of treasure and battle materials which could, if needed, be used against the Assyrians in their common coalition.
Isaiah the prophet rebukes the king saying that all of the things which he showed the envoy will be carried off to Babylon and that his progeny would serve as eunuchs in the king of Babylon’s palace. Indeed the words of the prophet would come true after the reign of Manasseh, Hezekiah’s son. Forgetting God and his precepts the people of Judah were carried of into Babylon as a chastening time used by God to bring them to repentance.
God graciously preserved the royal line of David, even during the Babylonian captivity, until the time was right to send his Son into the flesh to be the promised Messiah (Gen 3).
Lord Jesus, you are the promised King who comes to beat down our enemies under your feet. Preserve your saving word among us that many may be brought into your kingdom, for your Name’s sake. Amen.