“And he said, “What have they seen in your house?” So Hezekiah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house; there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shown them.” Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord: ‘Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and what your fathers have accumulated until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left,’ says the Lord. ‘And they shall take away some of your sons who will descend from you, whom you will beget; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.’ ” So Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the Lord which you have spoken is good!” For he said, “Will there not be peace and truth at least in my days?””
II Kings 20:15-19 NKJV
Reading II Kings chapter twenty this morning, was nothing short of instructive. Hezekiah, fresh from having his life spared by God, fell into sin by showing the opposition all that he had. He had allowed a seemingly distant enemy to see all the treasures of the kingdom, enticing them, and one day they would come to take all away.
It is instructive, because modern day followers of the Lord Jesus have sought diligently to lay the treasures found only in Christ before the world. There has been an effort to make the things of God palatable to those outside the household of faith.
Music, and many other things increasingly fail to reflect the Lord, but the worldly, and have served to blunt the impact of the Gospel.
The result is that the things of God have been taken into captivity, as the world has become the definer of what we consider godly. The path for the follower Jesus is a truly narrow path, and it is filled with pitfalls, and many stray easily, finding themselves cast over steep cliffs.
But the world has defined for the church the parameters of what it means to be saved, what it means to be a Christian, and who is the person of Jesus Christ. We have traded the gold of God, and exchanged it for the bronze of the world. The way of faith is depicted as broad, and many have fallen to their deaths.
““Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.”
Matthew 7:6 NKJV
The last few weeks have been a season of revelation for me, for I have seen what some of the people around me actually believe. I am stunned at how many have embraced the worldly version of Christianity and frequently lament over the lack of satisfaction. For them the copy brings no power, and all seems like an exercise in futility.
The reality is that they have embraced a counterfeit faith, and they do not benefit from the presence of the Holy Spirit. Their lives are full of stress, and the things that mark a life filled with the devil.
“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Galatians 5:19-21 NKJV
Life in Jesus is filled with the fruit of the Spirit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”
Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV
Many of these people seek the approval of man and not that of God, eagerly lifting up their awards and accolades and such given by their peers, with no regard for the true and eternal rewards that will come in heaven.
Hezekiah, in his flesh, sought to seek the approval of his visitors, showing the blessings of God, and presenting all as his own treasures. All that had been accumulated by all those who came before him was lost. All that he worried about was whether it would happen after he was gone.
The greatest treasure that we have been displaying to the world is our children. We have not guarded them from the evils of this world, and have not sought to establish guardrails along the narrow path. As a result the world has seen our treasure and they are being taken into captivity.
They do not even have the benefit of a solid and pure faith tradition, for even that has been traded sway for lesser things so long ago. I am praying for many young adults who have left the faith and now walk in the world.
Brothers and sisters, it is time mine again the deep depths of the word of God and find the true treasures that are hidden in plain sight. So many of us neglect bible reading, and we hav e no idea what it says. We are living in a time when events are unfolding in ways that are uncannily accurate in their relation to the events of the book of Revelation.
Because we have not read the Scriptures, we are missing all the signs and are not ready for what is to come.
Let us reclaim the treasure that we have surrendered to the world, and seek the secrets only revealed through the Holy Spirit. Let us also go and tell of the truth of real salvation, that Jesus came to save sinners, and that we are all sinners bound for hell, if not for Jesus going to the cross to pay the price for our sins.
“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,”
I Corinthians 15:1-4 NKJV
Time is running out, and there are many who have not heard the words that save.
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