BIBLE: Isaiah Chapter 39 – Headline “A No Show No No”

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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Isaiah 39

What should I learn from this chapter?

  • Be wise as serpents but innocent as doves.
  • Don’t be stupid in your naivety.

The Babylonian Envoys

Isaiah 39:1 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. (probably 703 BC)

Merodach-Baladan: (Berodach-Baladan, 2 Kin. 20:12)
Babylonian king (722–710 BC). Assyrian inscriptions place the origin of Merodach-Baladan in the land of Bît-Iakin, a Chaldean kingdom near the coast of the Persian Gulf (“Sealands”).

Isaiah 39: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 armory—all that was found among his treasures. There was nothing in his house or in all his dominion that Hezekiah did not show them.
  • Personal Application:
    • Don’t open the junk out of your trunk, it will be used against you.
    • Your friends will become your enemies.
    • Anything of value that you have will become an obsession to someone else
    • The mafia believes your money is their money, they spend all their time trying to figure out how to get it from you.
    • A gift can be used for bait.
    • Brick by brick a house can be taken away. Detail by detail given away.
Isaiah 39: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.”
Isaiah 39: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.”
Isaiah 39:Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord of hosts:
Isaiah 39:‘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 39:‘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.’ ”
  • Daniel was of the Royal Household who was taken to Babylon. Daniel and his friends were put under the care of the head of the eunuchs. Today, there are other ways to turn young men into eunuchs through culture and re-education.
Isaiah 39: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.”
  • One moment of bragging sells one’s children into captivity and deformation.
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