Friday, October 28, 2016

Isaiah 39:4-6 (KJV) No Matter How Innocent…

Isaiah 39:4-6 (KJV)
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.Then said Isaiah to Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD of hosts:Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store until this day, shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD.
It seems to me that Merodachbaladan’s intentions in sending ambassadors to Hezekiah were sincere.
  • Hezekiah saw no threat in their visit
  • Babylon was not an enemy at this time, Assyria was and Babylon had challenged Assyria
  • Merodachbaladan was not the Babylonian who eventually captured Jerusalem; that would not happen for decades. 
But a seed was planted in Babylon at this moment, a seed that would grow into the overthrow of Jerusalem.
I am reminded that sincere intentions can have dramatic consequences if they are not guided by Biblical instruction:
  • An attempt to rescue someone from a pit of bondage can lead to bondage
  • A relationship intended to reach a soul for Christ can turn into an inappropriate relationship 
  • A meaningless act, like giving a friend a ride has led to numbers of people being unwittingly involved in a crime and ending up in prison 
  • A look at something inappropriate may plant a seed of immortality that takes years to mature but finally ends in destruction
No matter how innocent our intentions may be it is always right to follow the Bible’s instructions.

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Isaiah 39:4-6 (KJV) No Matter How Innocent…

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