05.18.2016 Old Testament: 2Ki 20.14–15
To read the Bible in a year, read Second Kings 20–22 on May 18, In the year of our Lord 2016
By Don Ruhl
The king of Babylon sent a letter and a gift by the hand of messengers to King Hezekiah when he was sick. When the messengers arrived, Hezekiah must have felt good that a potential enemy showed kindness, and Hezekiah in turn showed them all the treasures of the Lord,
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 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” (2 Kings 20.14–15).
It is also the case that sometimes an enemy can consume our thinking, and when we finally have contact with him, our excitement gets the better of us and we say more or do more than we normally would have done.
Therefore, we always have to exercise self-discipline and self-control that we contain ourselves when excited or when we are down.
- Have you misinterpreted an enemy’s apparent kindness as a sign that the old hatred no longer exists?
- Have you shown someone everything that you own?