QT – Isaiah 39

Vs. 2, “ Hezekiah received the envoys gladly and showed them what was in his storehouses—the silver, the gold, the spices, the fine 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.”  Oh Hezekiah~~~What were you thinking?  How foolish a thing to show the Babylonians all the treasures of Judah!  The Babylonians came as a serpent to trick Judah into thinking that they were there to help them against the Assyrians.  But the information that was gained from Hezekiah’s tour of the Kingdom would be Judah’s downfall.  This is a painful reminder that in the midst of gr  eat triumphs, the enemy is always awaiting.  Hezekiah messed up big time.  Poor Isaiah must have been shaking his head in complete frustration at the foolishness of Hezekiah.  

Regarding application…Inappropriate Response.  Vs. 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.”  Upon hearing Isaiah’s prophecy of doom (vs. 7)…it’s as if Hezekiah’s is say, “Whew…at least it’s not going to happen to me!”  Unfortunately, it would happen to his descendant’s and all of the people of Judah.  Question: When someone confronts you with sin, how do you respond?  Last night on Good Friday, we talked about how the Pharisee’s hated Jesus because He confronted them with their sin.  No matter who we are, if we don’t keep our hearts right with God we too will respond with pride and selfishness.  But God is gracious, if only Hezekiah would have repented…The Babylonians may never had been successful in the invasion and captivity of God’s people.  The inappropriate sins of one person can be the struggles of so many.  How will you respond?