Verse 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.
This letter and gift was part of a strategy to get Hezekiah to join him in a rebellious alliance against the Assyrians.
Verse 2 – 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.
Verse 3 – 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?” and Hezekiah said, “They came to me from a far country, from Babylon.”
Verse 4 – 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.”
Verse 5 – Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord of host:
Verse 6 – ‘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.
Verse 7 – ‘And they shall take away sons 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.’ ”
Why was it so wrong for Hezekiah to show all his treasures to these men? Because, Hezekiah failed to see that the Babylonians would be his next threat, not the Assyrians. I’m not sure Hezekiah believed Isaiah because at that time, Babylon was struggling for independence under Assyria. We don’t always see deception, but if we will listen to that “still small voice,” the Holy Spirit will guide us.
Verse 8 – Then 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.”
What a selfish statement for Hezekiah to make. It showed, he didn’t care what happened after he died as long as there was peace in Jerusalem while he lived. Proverbs 13:22 says, “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.”
This inheritance is much more than material things. It’s a legacy of how we’ve raised up the next generation. Hezekiah’s son, that would take over the reign at the age of 12, ended up putting the false idols back in place and the people worshiped them. Then the Babylonians took Jerusalem into captivity and carried off all their silver, gold, precious spices, and took the people into captivity.
It’s like a leader of a nation doing everything they can to accumulate their wealth and self-interest, not caring what is destroyed when a new leader takes over. (Sound familiar?)