Monday, July 26, 2010

Don't share your password, dob, ss# with strangers...

Hezzie has dodged two bullets.

The Assyrians were at his gates, threatening to flatten the city and make them all slaves.
He called out to God with a desperation we can only imagine!
God sent a miraculous, unbelievable rescue, and Hezzie and his subjects were safe.

Hezzie got sick.
Sick to death, the prophet said.
Hezzie got down on his knees, and pled for his life.
He was restored to health.

He was feeling grand.
Rather invulnerable, in fact.

Then he got the email.
"Your bank is doing an audit.
Go here to comply." (And of course, you need your password, dob, ss# so we know it is really you)
He quickly and eagerly supplied it all.
And then his bank account got cleaned out.

Although that happens a lot today, you might be surprised to learn it happened 3000 years ago...

Isaiah 39
Envoys from Babylon

1 "Soon after this, Merodach-baladan son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent Hezekiah his best wishes and a gift. He had heard that Hezekiah had been very sick and that he had recovered. 2 Hezekiah was delighted with the Babylonian envoys and showed them everything in his treasure-houses—the silver, the gold, the spices, and the aromatic oils. He also took them to see his armory and showed them everything in his royal treasuries! There was nothing in his palace or kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them.

3 Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and asked him, “What did those men want? Where were they from?”

Hezekiah replied, “They came from the distant land of Babylon.”

4 “What did they see in your palace?” asked Isaiah.

“They saw everything,” Hezekiah replied. “I showed them everything I own—all my royal treasuries.”

5 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Listen to this message from the Lord of Heaven’s Armies: 6 ‘The time is coming when everything in your palace—all the treasures stored up by your ancestors until now—will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left,’ says the Lord. 7 ‘Some of your very own sons will be taken away into exile. They will become eunuchs who will serve in the palace of Babylon’s king.’”

8 Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “This message you have given me from the Lord is good.” For the king was thinking, “At least there will be peace and security during my lifetime.”

Let me just say it.

Hezzie was an IDIOT!!!

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