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Click here for today’s reading: 2 Kings 20; Isaiah 38, 39; Psalms 75; 1 Peter 2
Here is my SOAP for today, Monday, July 23, 2018
2 Kings 20:16 “Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord: 17 The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your predecessors have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the Lord. 18 And some of your descendants, your own flesh and blood who will be born to you, will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.”
19 “The word of the Lord you have spoken is good [??],” Hezekiah replied. For he thought, “Will there not be peace and security in mylifetime?”
Isaiah 38:2 “Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 3 “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.”
4 “Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah: 5 “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life.”
Isaiah 39 Isaiah 38 and 39 are essentially the same as 2 Kings 20
Psalms 75:7 “It is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another.”
1 Peter 2:4 “As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
13 “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.”
It’s hard to imagine Hezekiah being so selfish as to say, “Sure, it will cost my kingdom everything… and some of my offspring will have to serve in Babylon [!] but at least there will be peace in MY lifetime. Oh… and thank you Lord for that extra fifteen years!”
Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 3 “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.”
Are you serious? He stripped the temple of its gold and silver to have peace with Assyria… Funny how we are so able to look back at our own sins/weaknesses/shortcoming and forget them… Yet God in His mercy granted Hezekiah 15 more years… just enough time for him to lose everything to the Babylonians. smh
Lord help me to make the most of my next 15 years!