2 Kings 20:13
“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.”
-Treasure in Hebrew is written as segullah which means precious metals, gems, or other valuable items.
-King Hezekiah proudly exposed the treasures of Israel to Babylonians which symbolised their financial & military power. When asked about these events by prophet Isaiah, king Hezekiah showed no concern in the future of Israel but only peace during his reign. Despite Berodach-Baladan son of king Baladan of Babylon presenting gifts & letters to king Hezekiah when he was ill, Babylonians still proved to be their enemies by taking all their treasures & capturing them as prisoners during the time of king Nebuchanezzar. Sometimes we expose our secrets or weaknesses to the wrong people/ enemy who most often cause harm in our lives & those of others. Samson revealed the secret of his strength to Delilah who brought much harm to him & to the nation of Israel. Secrets of the family, marriage, relationships, business, nation etc may sometimes be maintained as classified despite peer pressure, political, financial & other forms of influence to enhance personal security, safety of those around us & national heritage.
God our Father; You are our refuge & strength, our fortress & very present help even in times of trouble, we thank You for protecting us & ask You to continue shielding us from the snares of the enemy. Remove all pride, ignorance, anxiety & anything that displeases You from our hearts; & grant us the gift of wisdom that we may always keep still & act with understanding for our safety & that of others. Grant our leaders wisdom so that they may refrain from corruption & offer us good leadership for the benefit of all. We thank You Lord for taking us through the first half of the year & humbly ask You to grant us favor & blessings during the other half according to Your everlasting mercy & grace. All glory, honor, riches, power & praise belong to You Lord. Amen
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