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devotion by Sis. Bala Samson
Friday, Jan 21, 2022

 

Hezekiah Shows His Treasures- PART 2

Isaiah 39: 1At that time Merodach-baladan son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present (gift) to Hezekiah, for he heard that he had been sick and had recovered.”

Be cautious of the plans of the enemy! He knows when to send you gifts, when to call you and when to text you.  He looks for your weakest moment, darkest moment and your feeblest moment.  Don’t let your guard down! Don’t fall for perks, gifts and bouquets, there is hidden agenda behind the gifts. 

GIFTS FROM KING OF BABYLON:The sun was the Babylonians’ god; and when they understood that it was with a respect to Hezekiah that the sun, to their great surprise, went back ten degrees, on such a day, they thought themselves obliged to do Hezekiah all the honour they could. So the king of Babylon sent letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that he had been sick and had recovered. Did not Apostle Paul say: “But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3)

2 Corinthians 2:11 says this: “in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.”

HIDDEN AGENDA BEHIND THE GIFTS: Joining the enemy camp: The king of Babylon was an enemy to the king of Assyria, and therefore he was fond of Hezekiah, because when someone hates your enemy then you join hands with them.   The Assyrians were much weakened by the power of  God Jehovah and also the king of Babylon was nice to Hezekiah because of his power and prosperity too. Naively and foolishly Hezekiah opens his treasure to the enemies. The visit was  an attempt to bring the kingdom of Judah on to the side of the Babylonians against the Assyrians. Caveat! Be cautious of the plans of the enemy! Do not unequally yoke with nonbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?(2 Corinthians 6:14)

We run a free school for the poor and underprivileged kids of our community, sometimes children pester their parents and bring gifts to teachers and expect ‘goodwill’ and ‘favor’.  I strictly announced that nothing should be given or taken.  Be cautious!

 

ANBE AZHAGE-SHALINA.SAMSON
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