Isaiah 39

Isaiah 39 has Hezekiah having a lapse in judgment in how he relates to the king of Babylon.  This was after the miraculous recovery of Hezekiah. The Lord was good enough to give King Hezekiah 15 years more of life; but it was up to Hezekiah if those years would be lived in wisdom and to the glory of God. The “king of Babylon, sent envoys with letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that he had been sick and had recovered”.  On the surface this seems pretty noble and good natured, but this was an attempt to bring the kingdom of Judah on to the side of the Babylonians against the Assyrians.

Hezekiah doesn’t put two and two together.  He “welcomed them gladly. And he showed them his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his whole armory, all that was found in his storehouses. There was nothing in his house or in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them”.  He opened the entire komono and shared all that that the kingdom of Judah had.  This was flattering for King Hezekiah. After all, Judah was a lowly nation with little power, and Babylon as a superpower. To receive this notice and recognition from the king of Babylon must have really made Hezekiah feel important.

Isaiah comes to Hezekiah and points out what seems obvious to us – that he is being set up for a future fall.  Isaiah drills Hezekiah with questions.  “What did these men say? And from where did they come to you”?  Hezekiah still hasn’t connected the dots.  In fact, he’s oblivious to what has happened.  He tells Isaiah “They have seen all that is in my house. There is nothing in my storehouses that I did not show them”.  He has really set Judah up for a bad future.  The potential enemy knows exactly what and where the treasure is.

Isaiah breaks it to him more directly.  “Hear the word of the Lord….the days are coming, when all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have stored up till this day, shall be carried to Babylon. Nothing shall be left, says the Lord”.  Isaiah goes on to tell him that even some of his own sons would be taken away.  Hezekiah still doesn’t really get the gravity of what he has done.  His response was “The word of the Lord that you have spoken is good”.  God’s Word is always good, but not in the way Hezekiah is thinking.  While God’s promise for peace and security would last for the rest of his 15 years, the outcome over time will be Judah falling to the Babylonians.

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