Imagine you are a young man sitting in the king’s court, and you are there when the prophet Isaiah reprimands King Hezekiah.
2 Kings 20:12-19 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Babylonian Envoys
12 At that time Berodach-Baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that Hezekiah had been sick. 13 And Hezekiah was attentive to them, and showed them all the house of his treasures—the silver and gold, the spices and precious ointment, and all his armory—all that was found among his treasures. There was nothing in his house or in all his dominion that Hezekiah did not show them.
14 Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah, and said to him, “What did these men say, and from where did they come to you?”
So Hezekiah said, “They came from a far country, from Babylon.”
15 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.”
16 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord: 17 ‘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. 18 ‘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.’”
19 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?”
When I first read this passage the words that stuck with me were in verse 19.
For he said, “Will there not be peace and truth at least in my days?
What was I to make of these words? Well, some have found nobility in them. When he interpreted Hezekiah‘s words, here is what John Wesley had to say about verse 19.
Good is, &c. – I heartily submit to this sentence, as being both just, and merciful. True penitents, when they are under divine rebukes, call them not only just, but good. Not only submit to, but accept of the punishment of their iniquity. So Hezekiah did, and by this it appeared, he was indeed humbled for the pride of his heart. (from here)
Did Hezekiah gracefully accept the Lord’s punishment? Frankly, I am puzzled by Wesley’s commentary. I suppose Hezekiah was concerned about his legacy, and it seems he was a good man, but although the Lord rebuked him, the Lord did not punish him. Isaiah had just told him Israel and his progeny would be punished, and Hezekiah forsook the opportunity to say a word in their defense.
Consider. At the beginning of this chapter (2 Kings 20:1-11), Hezekiah had just begged to have his life extended, and the Lord God had acquiesced, but now he just humbly accepts the fact his progeny will be punished because of his prideful behavior? Yet are we any different? Are we not just as prideful, fearful and weak?
Over the weekend, the North Koreans appear to have tested a hydrogen bomb (North Korea claims hydrogen bomb test was ‘perfect success,’ 6th nuclear test (foxnews.com)). Hydrogen bombs are much more powerful than an atomic bomb, but they are more difficult to make. It takes an atomic bomb to detonate a hydrogen bomb.
Successive presidential administrations have gone through the motions of trying to contain North Korea’s weapon’s development programs. They have promised success. They have even claimed success, but what have they accomplished? Peace and “truth” at least in my days.
With the complicity of much of the news media, it is fairly obvious that the Obama administration tried to cover up the extent of North Korea’s progress. Here is an example.
On August 8, The Washington Post printed what was essentially old news, North Korea now making missile-ready nuclear weapons, U.S. analysts say.
North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, crossing a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power, U.S. intelligence officials have concluded in a confidential assessment.
The analysis, completed last month by the Defense Intelligence Agency, comes on the heels of another intelligence assessment that sharply raises the official estimate for the total number of bombs in the communist country’s atomic arsenal. The United States calculated last month that up to 60 nuclear weapons are now controlled by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Some independent experts think the number is much smaller. (continued here)
Here are some other reports.
- Obama administration knew about North Korea’s miniaturized nukes (foxnews.com): This Fox News report says The Washington Post story was old news.
- Just when did DIA first warn about North Korea nuclear warheads? (hotair.com): Here we get to the same conclusion. The Washington Post story was old news.
- New Details on Disclosure Regarding North Korea (nytimes.com): Here is what The New York Times had to say in 2013.
Effectively, we have left ourselves and our children holding the bag. Because we did not make the effort to stop the North Koreans years ago, the gangster regime that runs that place can now threaten anyone it wants with nuclear tipped missiles.