Two Sides of a King

Monday of the Last Week in Kingdomtide
Isaiah 39

Nick reads the one-minute introduction.

Hezekiah is better at praying than at being a diplomat. Recalling the prayer of King Hezekiah in last week’s reading and contrasting it with today’s chapter, we discover a king who is a mixture of fervor in prayer on the one hand, weakness and co-dependency on the other.

Our last taste of Hezekiah is in his weakness. Look at the final verse of the reading. He displays the treasures of the kingdom to foreigners. He has no boundaries. He reveals precious articles intended only for the worship of the Lord, to a people with no respect for God. Jesus would say that he is “Giving pearls to swine” (Matt. 7:6).</p9

Have respect for what the Lord says to you in the privacy of your own prayer, revealing and witnessing to others according to God’s invitation. Beware of sharing emotions and personal graces with those who at best could care less or who worse, despise the things of the Lord.

Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets
In the season of Kingdomtide this year, we read Isaiah chapters 28 to 39.

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