Healthy Boundaries for Human Beings
Isaiah 39 At that time King Merodach-baladan son of Baladan of Babylon sent envoys with letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that he had been sick and had recovered. 2 Hezekiah welcomed them; 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 the prophet Isaiah came to King Hezekiah and said to him, "What did these men say? From where did they come to you?" Hezekiah answered, "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 Days are coming when all that is in your house, and that which your ancestors have stored up until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left, says the Lord.
Grace, peace and love to you in Jesus name. Moving through the Sacred Story, for the past few weeks I have been hanging with the prophets and reflecting on their words and deeds.
Since Sunday, we have been focusing on the historical context of the prophet Isaiah, Mr. Vision in the Temple himself. The above verses, a little lengthy, detail a moment for Judah's King Hezekiah who is drawing close to the end of his life. The prophet Isaiah informs Hezekiah that he has made a grave mistake.
Hezekiah is one of the reformer kings, a leader who has a deep desire to bring the people closer together by bringing them closer to God. King Hezekiah has accumulated worldly riches, fantastic fame and a reputation of renown. So his neighbors are interested in learning more about this King and his life.
Enter the Babylonians, who send a gift bearing envoy to King Hezekiah which softens him up. In response, he opens himself up to these visitors, showing them everything, (and I mean EVERYTHING) in the kingdom. His bank account. His jewelry. His comic book collection. His fine china. His launch codes. His secret tuna casserole recipe. "There was nothing in all his realm Hezekiah did not show them," we are told.
So here's what I want us to consider today: Be careful who you let into the intimate places of your heart, mind and soul. While the grace and love of God has torn down the barriers between us we still need boundaries to keep us healthy. Don't show everything you are to everyone you meet. Keep some things off Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.
We must guard against those who will hurt us. Now we are called to love one another but true love respects boundaries which promote worth, dignity and responsibility.
See, Hezekiah let the Babylonian envoy into appraise the entire situation of the Judean set-up. As the prophet Isaiah warned, they would in a few generations return to take everything they were once shown.
Live healthy. Live loving. Live with boundaries to protect and guard yourself.
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