“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 39, “Envoys From Babylon”

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“I’m Gonna Be Ready,” Yolanda Adams 

“Envoy’s From Babylon,” Isaiah 39:1) At the time Merodachbaladan, 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.  2 Kings 20:12.  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.  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.  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. 

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, recovered:  The Miracle Of The Sundial (38:8) would have held special interest for the astronomy-minded Babylonians.  v2-4, The fact that Hezekiah showed his treasures instead of Praising God suggests that he was trusting in his might and the armies of the nations like Babylon, Instead of In The Lord.

Quest Study Bible – v1-2, “Why was Hezekiah so eager to show his wealth to a potential enemy?”  Perhaps Hezekiah was demonstrating that he had something to offer as a potential ally against the Assyrians.  If so, he may have been wooing the Babylonians, hoping their protection might prevent further trouble with Assyria.  Or, he may have been putting too much stock in his wealth and Not Enough In God’s Power.  Either Way He Was Trusting In Human Resources Rather Than The Lord—A Foolish Move on his part.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – This Chapter is the same as 2 Kings 20:12-19.  

John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – v3,  Then came Isaiah the Prophet unto King Hezekiah  Quickly after the ambassadors had been with the king, and he had shown them all his treasures; the Prophet did not come of himself, but was sent by The Lord, though he was not sent for by the king; in the time of his distress and illness he could send for him, but now being well, and in prosperity, he forgot the Prophet, to send for him, and have his advice, how he should behave towards these men, as not to offend The Lord: and said unto him, what said these men?  what was their errand to thee, and their business to thee? what did they communicate to thee, or request of thee? and from whence came they unto thee?  from what country? these questions the Prophet put to the king, not as ignorant of the men, and their business, and country, but in order to have everything from the king himself, and to lead on to further conversation with him on these things: and Hezekiah said, they are come from a far country unto me, even from Babylon;  he makes no answer to the first question, but at once replies to the second, as being what his heart was lifted up with; that ambassadors should come to him from a very distant country, and from so famous and renowned a place as Babylon; which showed that his name was great in foreign parts, and was in high esteem in distant countries, and even so great a prince as the king of Babylon courted his friendship.  v4,  Then said he, what have they seen in thine house? &c.]    Coming nearer to the point he had in view, and which was the thing that was displeasing to The Lord; not that he had received the ambassadors, and used them in such a manner; but that he had shown them what he ought not to have done, and especially from such a principle of pride and vanity as he did: and Hezekiah answered   without any reserve, very openly, not suspecting that the Prophet was come with a Reproof to him, or to Blame him for what he had done: all that is in my house have they seen;  the several royal apartments, and the furniture of them: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not showed them:  which were more secret, laid up in cabinets, under lock and key; his gold, silver, jewels, and precious stones, spices, and ointments. (it is thought that) he showed them the furniture and vessels of The Temple, though he does not mention them.     

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