Isaiah 39 (Listen)
39:1 At that time Merodach-baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent envoys with letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that he had been sick and had recovered. 2 And Hezekiah welcomed them gladly. And he showed them his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his whole armory, all that was found in his storehouses. There was nothing in his house or in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them. 3 Then Isaiah the prophet came to King Hezekiah, and said to him, “What did these men say? And from where did they come to you?” Hezekiah said, “They have come to me from a far country, from Babylon.” 4 He said, “What have they seen in your house?” Hezekiah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house. There is nothing in my storehouses that I did not show them.”
5 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the LORD of hosts: 6 Behold, the days are coming, when all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have stored up till this day, shall be carried to Babylon. Nothing shall be left, says the LORD. 7 And some of your own sons, who will come from you, whom you will father, shall be taken away, and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” 8 Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the LORD that you have spoken is good.” For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my days.”
At that time Merodach-baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent envoys with letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that he had been sick and had recovered. And Hezekiah welcomed them gladly. And he showed them his treasure house . . .” (Isaiah 39:1-2a)
In Isaiah 39, King Baladan of Babylon sends his son with a gift for King Hezekiah because he has recently recovered from an illness (Isaiah 38:5). But there is more going on here. As they meet, they form an alliance against their common enemy: Assyria. In the process, Hezekiah turned his back on a far greater alliance available to the people of Judah — their alliance, their covenant, with God. Hezekiah shows the Babylonians his treasures to show that he has resources to bring to their alliance, but Hezekiah’s treasures are no match for the help God offers His people. Again we are reminded that in the trials and challenges of life, we are called to trust in God. Where is your trust today?