“Having shod your feet with the READINESS OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE.”
In the last devotional we read about King Hezekiah crying out to God for healing, in spite of receiving a death sentence.
We saw Hezekiah’s deliverance after he fervently prayed and sought God’s mercy.
Both the death sentence and the message of mercy were delivered by God’s obedient prophet Isiah.
We see Isaiah communicate both messages in a straightforward way, without much fanfare, eloquence, apology or hesitation.
In Isaiah 39, we read that King Hezekiah is healed from his illness and that people from everywhere have sent him gifts and treasures to acknowledge his miraculous recovery. It seems like a genuine and heartfelt celebration. When people come to see the King, he joyously shows his guests the wonderful presents he’s received from so many friends and well-wishers. He holds nothing back.
I do not think Hezekiah was showing off to his guests, but instead he was showing how God’s mercy and abundance had rained down on him when he was close to death.
And then along comes Isaiah who seemingly always has some big pronouncement to make-“you’re going to die,” “you’re going to live,”-so we don’t expect anything less this time.
Isaiah asks the king what he’s shown to his guests. The King replies that he’s shown everything and held nothing back.
Isaiah then says words to the effect that everything he’s got, including his inherited treasures from relatives “shall be carried to Babylon. Nothing shall be left.” (Isaiah 39:6). The prophet further states that Hezekiah’s sons shall be taken away to be Eunuchs in Babylon.
Imagine this scene…you are happy and rejoicing and along comes the prophet of doom.
(I imagine he wasn’t invited to too many parties and celebrations).
How was Isaiah walking out the gospel of peace?
As intimated yesterday, it was through obedience in communicating the message God gave him and trusting God for the rest.
And in Hezekiah’s response, we see evidence that bears out God’s faithfulness. Hezekiah says: ” Good is the word of the Lord which thou hast spoken. He said moreover, For there shall be peace and truth in my days.” Isaiah 39:8.
This is the peace that comes from the truth of the gospel.
All the Best in 2013!