Telling secrets can hurt people. You can hurt yourself by telling your secrets.
If you’re like most people, you have a few secrets: Things you don’t want anyone to know.
Maybe you have an embarrassing a secret that you want to hide from your family.
You might have a trade secret that gives you a competitive edge.
Sometimes you just value privacy. You want to keep the government and other people out of your business.
You might have something you’re proud of, but nobody knows about it. It’s something you want to brag about. You’re ready to show and tell everything when the right audience pays you attention.
I want to talk with you for a while about…
If you know something that other people don’t know, you might feel an urge to share what you know. Secrets have value.
Sometimes, you might share information to gain favor in a tight-knit group of friends or a clique. If you prove your value as an “asset,” other people might exchange secrets with you.
You might intend to harm someone by telling secrets. Other times you might just get caught up in the moment and blab information that should remain secret.
Have you ever achieved or possessed something that gave you so much excitement that you want everyone to know about it?
Regardless of what secrets you have or want to share, God has a message for you:
Be careful about…
…learned the hard way.
For the most part, Hezekiah did good in God’s sight (2 Kings 18:3). God used Hezekiah to slow the Kingdom of Judah’s downward slide.
He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.2 Kings 18:4
He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.2 Kings 18:5
Hezekiah did some good things. He won some wars. After a serious illness, God extended his life.
King of Babylon sent some men to visit Hezekiah and bring him a present.
They caught Hezekiah off guard. He failed to…
Beware of motives.
Perhaps, he was fooled by the…
Idea of friendship.
Perhaps Hezekiah thought the Babylonians genuinely were his friends. He’s now in the same league as the “big boys” of the wolrd.
Perhaps he was captivated by…
He wanted to show off the success he had as the King of Judah.
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.Proverbs 16:18
Maybe Hezekiah was telling his visitors about his close encounter with the Assyrians and how God gave him the victory.
Regardless of the reason, Hezekiah made a big mistake.
He showed all the wealth of the kingdom to the Babylonians.
He didn’t keep any secrets. When some Babylonians came to visit him, he…
Shewed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.2 Kings 20:13
Not long afterward, Hezekiah heard from…
…who apparently had great wisdom regarding telling secrets.
I want you to pay attention to the questions he asked in Second Kings Chapter 20, Verses 14 and 15:
What said these men?
We know the men said something. After all, the Bible says,
Berodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah:2 Kings 20:12
Hezekiah never answered this question. He kept it a secret. He probably realized he had made a mistake. Why humiliate himself by revealing the details?
It’s amazing the difference between what people will reveal to the world’s elite and what they withhold from the Man of God.
My guess is that, looking back, Hezekiah realized the men from Babylon were bad news.
Where did they come from?
Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country, even from Babylon.2 Kings 20:14
Listen to me: Beware of the far country.
Just imagine if the United States had never been seduced by China. Think of how wealthy our nation would be right now.
What if our country enforced its border, preventing people from a far country to freely enter, plunder, and conquer us?
If only our “leaders” long ago listened to God speak through Isaiah:
They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.Isaiah 13:5
So, the “far country” has national significance, but it also has personal significance to you and me: Be wary of those who do not share your values, your morals, your God, your Jesus.
The supposedly well-educated (well-indoctrinated) elites in our secular and religious world want you to talk to them. They want you to tell them your secrets.
I’ll give you a NEWSFLASH: They want to use their insider knowledge of you to their advantage. They’ll tear you down. They’ll compete against you and win. They’ll take your position. They’ll control you. They’ll take everything you have.
The enemy from “a far country” wants to dominate you, not befriend you. When they show up to your business, beware. When they infiltrate your church, beware.
Listen to God speak through Prophet Jeremiah:
Make ye mention to the nations; behold, publish against Jerusalem, that watchers come from a far country, and give out their voice against the cities of Judah.Jeremiah 4:16
When people from a far country show up, beware. They’re watching you. They want to take everything that’s yours.
Isaiah also asked Hezekiah,
What did they see?
By now, you might get the picture: Hezekiah made a big mistake. His answer to Isaiah’s final question removes all doubt.
He [Hezekiah] said, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All the things that are in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.2 Kings 20:15
When the Babylonians saw the wealth of Judah, they planned to take it.
You can have pride in what you have without revealing all your assets. You don’t have to “put all your cards on the table.”
I’ve talked with you about Hezekiah, the Babylonians, and Isaiah. Now I want to warn you about…
Even in the most innocent situations…
Maybe the King of Babylon had good intentions. Maybe he wanted to promote goodwill, appreciating Hezekiah’s miraculous recovery.
The men from the far country flattered Hezekiah. Hezekiah felt so important when he learned that the King of Babylon thought so highly of him.
Proverbs Chapter 20 says,
He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.Proverbs 20:19
Maybe the King of Babylon sent spies for an evil purpose.
The reason doesn’t matter.
What matters is these men from Babylon showed up in Jerusalem and found out something they didn’t know: Hezekiah had tremendous wealth.
Eventually, Babylon came and took it all away.
Did Hezekiah really think these Babylonians wouldn’t go home and report his wealth to their king?
Besides being wary of the talebearer, I want to exhort you to…
Never be the talebarer.
Never fill the role of the talebarer. Telling secrets is something you don’t do.
Proverbs Chapter 11 says,
A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.Proverbs 11:13
You have secrets. You don’t want everyone to know. Right? Set the right example: When you hear someone else’s secrets, keep them to yourself.
There is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets…Daniel 2:28
Let God do His job. Let Him take the responsibility for telling secrets.
I want you to avoid making King Hezekiah’s mistake.
When people from a “far country” show up in your life, ask Isaiah’s questions before you help them hurt you:
- What did they say?
- Where are they from?
- What should you show them?
Today, God warns you to avoid trusting everyone. People talk, so don’t give away knowledge that the enemy can use against you.
Proverbs Chapter 12 tells us:
A prudent man concealeth knowledge:Proverbs 12:23
God wants you to respond by staying alert. Be vigilant. Don’t share everything you know.
Don’t think your enemies wants to be your friend. Don’t try to impress them. Don’t show and tell them everything.
Apostle Peter puts it this way:
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:1 Peter 5:8
Stop telling secrets!
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