Isaiah 39: Surprising News
I don’t know about you, but it is sometimes hard to be blindsided by surprising news. In Isaiah 39, Hezekiah had visitors at his palace. They brought him presents, and he took them on a tour to show them a little bit more about his kingdom. The entire thing was a pretty innocent affair that just seemed to be some foreign dignitaries visiting their neighbors.
It turns out that the dignitaries were from Babylon, and Isaiah came to Hezekiah and told him about the future of Babylon and Judah.
Isa 39:5 Then said Isaiah to Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD of hosts:
Isa 39:6 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.
Isa 39:7 And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.
Isa 39:8 Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken. He said moreover, For there shall be peace and truth in my days.
This must have been a shock to Hezekiah. After all, from what we read earlier in this chapter, this did not seem to be a belligerent affair. We have no indication even that the dignitaries were really spies who were collecting intelligence in preparation for an invasion. I am sure that they did go back and report about all of these things that Hezekiah had, but it doesn’t seem like a war was in their minds at this point. This prophecy by Isaiah must have been a surprise.
I think that this can tell us something about God. I think it is a reminder that God is not obligated to operate in the way that we think He ought to. He has knowledge that we don’t have. The future is not a mystery to Him. As a result, we can rest assured that even though we might not always know what is happening and can be blindsided by news like this, God knows. He doesn’t get surprised. That can definitely be comforting in times of trouble.