DAY 4: Hezekiah’s Blunder
Imagine living in a culture in which you don’t turn away strangers at your door. A culture in which you invite them into your home, feed them your best food, and make them feel as welcome as possible before they continue on their journey. Where do you draw the line between being hospitable, and giving away too much information about your family, or other items of value in your home?
Late in Hezekiah’s life, he’s ill. Some messengers from a foreign land arrive asking about his well-being, and offering gifts. He receives the messengers well, and shows them tremendous hospitality. Unfortunately, Hezekiah is a bit too eager to please his guests, taking time to show off everything he owns. He avails to them all of his gold and silver, large storages of fine oil and spices, and everything else of value.
But Isaiah the prophet sees the foolishness in Hezekiah’s decision, and reveals to him that because of his lack of wisdom, the Kingdom of Judah will fall. Not to the Assyrian Empire, but to the coming Babylonian Empire.
As you read today, consider this: How can you grow in being more hospitable to others?
READING & JOURNALING:
2 Kings 20:1-21, 1 Peter 4:8-9, Luke 14:12-14
How can you grow in being more hospitable to others?
What are some good boundaries to have in place that still provide you opportunities to be overtly hospitable, yet safeguard your family or other items of value?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Leviticus 8 & 9
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
Heavenly Father, even though the culture in which Hezekiah lived in much different than our own, I recognize that he offered a level of hospitality to foreigners and outsiders from which I can learn. I pray that You would stretch me in such a way that I grow in this area, yet also pray that You would provide me wisdom to not blunder in the same way Hezekiah blundered. Finally, as the end of the week draws near, I pray that You would continue to help me know You more, and know the plans You have for me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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