Thursday, 9th June 2022
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-4 Prideful and Complacent
V1 ‘At that time Merodach-Baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that he had been sick and had recovered.’ It was at the time of Hezekiah’s most glorious times, his sickness was healed, his enemy was defeated, and all the foreign nations wanted to make alliance with him. At the time, Hezekiah did not have any sons, therefore it also meant that after Hezekiah, there would be no one in the bloodline to pass on the kingdom to. Babylon was not a strong nation at the time, and the meaning of Baladan was Baal, which was God’s detestable idol. Hezekiah did not realise that his pride led to the destruction of the nation.
V2 ‘And Hezekiah was pleased with them, and showed them the house of his treasures—the silver and gold, the spices and precious ointment, and all his armoury—all that was found among his treasures. There was nothing in his house or in all his dominion that Hezekiah did not show them.’ We must be mindful of our hearts, what is inside our hearts? Do we know that every blessing we receive is from God? Hezekiah was prideful of everything he had and he forgot that everything he had belonged to God; in his eyes, he only saw himself.
II Chronicles 32:31 says, ‘However, regarding the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, whom they sent to him to inquire about the wonder that was done in the land, God withdrew from him, in order to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart.’ When things go smoothly, it does not mean that our life will be always smooth. Do we follow God wholeheartedly and see how much God has done for us?
V3-4 ‘Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah, and said to him, “What did these men say, and from where did they come to you?” So Hezekiah said, “They came to me from a far country, from Babylon.” And he said, “What have they seen in your house?” So Hezekiah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house; there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shown them.”’ Hezekiah treated everything he had as his own belongings, he was showing off his treasures and giving out what he had.
It says in II Chronicles 32:23, ‘And many brought gifts to the Lord at Jerusalem, and presents to Hezekiah king of Judah, so that he was exalted in the sight of all nations thereafter.’ Hezekiah had the wealth and the fame, nations came to visit him and he became prideful.
Section Two V5-8 No Repentance to the End
V5-6 ‘Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord of hosts: behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and what your fathers have accumulated until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left, says the Lord.’ Isaiah heard about the people of Babylon coming to visit Hezekiah, God did not send Isaiah, but when Isaiah went to Hezekiah, the Word of God came upon him.
V7 ‘And they shall take away some of your sons who will descend from you, whom you will beget; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.’ God was testing the pride inside Hezekiah, God gave him 15 more years to live because he wanted to see if he had dealt with the issues inside him, to repent and return. However, within the 15 years, Hezekiah had a son, who was the evilest king that the Judah history ever had! The pride and stubbornness of Hezekiah destroyed the nation of Judah and the remnant of Israel. Are we also like Hezekiah? When we receive the blessings of God, do we take everything for ourselves and forget about God?
V8 ‘So Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the Lord which you have spoken is good!” For he said, “At least there will be peace and truth in my days.”’ He did not repent at the end, Hezekiah spent his life trying to be different from his father, striving to change the history of his family; he seemed to be doing a lot of godly things but inside his hearts he was still in a ‘doing’ mode. At the end he did not really submit to God. God is testing us and looking at us, are we willing to wait upon Him and follow Him step by step?
以赛亚书 39 – 如何从恩典中堕落
V1“那时”希西家王从原本一个被打压的状态突然变成扬眉吐气的“犹大的狮子”。当时的巴比伦在列国中只是不起眼的小国，“巴比伦王巴拉但的儿子米罗达巴拉但”想要找犹大国联合对付亚述。“巴比伦”意思是混乱，“巴拉但”就是偶像“巴力” – 说明这巴比伦王是巴力的儿子。
V2 希西家这样炫耀，就是因为他里面的骄傲（“…希西家却没有照他所蒙的恩报答耶和华，因他心里骄傲…”- 历代志下32:24-26）。我们能走到如今，能为神放下很多，并非因为自己真的很好，而是神使我们能够如此行。正如历代志下32:31所说：“唯有一件事，就是巴比伦王差遣使者来见希西家，访问国中所现的奇事，这件事神离开他，要试验他，好知道他心内如何”。神让一些事情发生，要试验我们，看我们的心如何，是否愿意好好跟从神。