Bible Study-ISA-Chapter 39
Hezekiah's Prayer to Yahaveh
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This chapter will end the history chapters and we’ll go back to reading prophesy from Isaiah.
Isaiah 39:1 At that time Merodach-baladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah: for he had heard that he had been sick, and was recovered.
At that time. This is shortly after the miracles of the shadow and Hezekiah’s recovery from his illness.
Merodach-baladan means worshipper of Baal. Who is Baal? Baal was the supreme male divinity of the Phoenician and Canaanitish nations, as Ashtoreth was their supreme female divinity. She held a close connection with the goddess Asherah.
Grove worshipping was also a part of the worshipping process of Asherah and involved the shaping of a tree into the form of a male penis.
Essentially, he sent him a get-well card but his true intention was to gather inside information. We need to pay attention to what’s happening here. Our Father sent Sennacherib, king of Assyria packing and back to his own country. He would eventually take the Northern Kingdom of Israel captive.
Here we have Baladan, king of Babylon, trying to work his way into the picture through Hezekiah. Eventually, another king of Babylon, would take the Southern Kingdom of Israel captive.
Let’s see what happens here…
Isaiah 39:2 And Hezekiah was glad of them, and shewed them the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.
Talk about showing the enemy everything that you have…he showed them how much they had in the treasury, what weaponry they had to defend themselves, the spices and oils and ointments that were very hard to come by during these times…he showed them everything! And he was happy to do it!
The only thing he didn’t show them was a battle plan to take it all away.
I can remember a time when the Israelites went into the treasury and removed all the golden cups and bowls that were used in the Temple and used them to party with. This infuriated our Father and He caused a human hand to write a message on a wall with the index finger:
Ref: Daniel 5:1 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand.
Ref: Daniel 5:2 Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein.
Ref: Daniel 5:3 Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them.
Ref: Daniel 5:4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.
Ref: Daniel 5:5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. KJV
Scared 'ole Belshazzar so much that he wet his britches. It doesn’t pay to mess around with the wealth that our Father allows you to have, especially when some of it is used in HIS HOUSE.
And this happened mere days after our Father allowed him to live another fifteen years.
Isaiah 39:3 Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country unto me, even from Babylon.
He was really impressed by the fact that this king of Babylon would take the time to come and see HIM, of all people. He was a man-pleaser. It shows that Hezekiah did not have a really high opinion of himself and these types of situations happen to people today.
Some folks are so overwhelmed with the attention shown to them that they almost become unhinged.
Isaiah 39:4 Then said he, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All that is in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.
He done showed them all that he had. He still hadn’t grasped the fact that these people were the enemy of our Father.
Isaiah 39:5 Then said Isaiah to Hezekiah, Hear the word of the Lord of hosts:
Listen closely, Hezekiah.
Isaiah 39:6 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store until this day, shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the Lord.
And that prophesy came true, the Babylonians came and stripped them clean.
Isaiah 39:7 And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.
And although not his immediate children, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed ‘nego were taken captive and brought to Babylon by the king of Babylon.
Isaiah 39:8 Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, Good is the word of the Lord which thou hast spoken. He said moreover, For there shall be peace and truth in my days. KJV
For there shall be peace and truth in my days. Hezekiah did not seem to be too concerned about the punishment being deferred during his lifetime and put on his children. In fact, he was pretty happy about it.
Now, some people might say that this conflicts with the fact that the sins of the father are not passed down to the children and the sins of the children are not passed off to the father:
Ref: Jeremiah 31:29 In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge.
Ref: Jeremiah 31:30 But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge. KJV
But the House of Judah was not going to be taken into captivity by the Babylonians based solely on what king Hezekiah did but on the total transgressions of the people, dating back to, at least, Zedekiah.
Father has deferred punishment many times because of the good actions of a king. These actions may have won the people a temporary reprieve but they still continued to sin. And although prophesied many times over, the final result was the taking of Judah by the Babylonians.
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--28 August 2016--