Scripture 5.8.2016

“Then the prophet Isaiah came to Hezekiah, and said to him, ‘What did these men say? From where did they come to you? Hezekiah answered, ‘They have come from a far country, from Babylon.’ He said, ‘What have they seen in your house?’ Hezekiah answered, ‘They have seen all that is in my house; there is nothing in my storehouses that I did not show them.’ The Isaiah said to Hezekiah, ‘Hear the word of the LORD: Days are coming when all that is in your house, and that which your ancestors have stored up until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left, says the LORD. Some of your own sons who are born to you shall be taken away; they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.’ Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, ‘The word of the LORD that you have spoken is good.’ For he thought, ‘Why not, if there will be peace and security in my days?’” 2 Kings 20:14-19

Though Hezekiah was the first king to do what was right in the sight of God, just as David had done, he removed the places of idol worship, he worshiped God and trusted in the LORD. Yet in his old age he didn’t guard his the treasure entrusted to him: That treasure being his own life, the lives of his family and the security of the kingdom, the lives of the people of the kingdom. He gave enemies a tour of his entire house, the temple and palace, he showed them the ways in and the ways out and all that was contained inside. He is more concerned with his own legacy and comfort in his last days than the future the kingdom. He allows his enemies to get close, real close, inside the perimeter of the secure places. O that I/we will always keep the shield of God between me/us and our enemies to protect us from false securities. That I/we not invite our enemy in and give him a tour of my/our vulnerabilities, weaknesses the keys to our strongholds. O God, protect me/us from my/our-selves.