In 2 Kings chapter 20 we find that the Lord heals Hezekiah of a terminally ill disease. Then the son of the King of Babylon sends Hezekiah gifts and rejoices in his recovery. Hezekiah then proceeds to show the Babylonian royalty all of his treasures. Isaiah the prophet under inspiration of God scolds Hezekiah for doing so.
2Ki 20:16-18 And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of Jehovah. (17) Behold, the days come, that all that is in thy house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith Jehovah. (18) And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, whom thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.
This prophecy is fulfilled in chapter 24.
I’ve done it many times. I have paid dearly for opening my mouth and showing my utilitarian treasures to the wrong person. When we share information we value we are giving people tools to use for good or for evil. We sow this information into the environment and later reap the harvest.
Some of us feel the need to let our mouths run wild and speak whatever is on our minds. We are warned repeatedly in scripture regarding this foolishness.
I call it “handing out daggers”.
I realize how paranoid this sounds but I have much experience with handing out daggers!!
We can hand out pearl handled daggers to strangers who will gossip and distribute these daggers to countless others. We can hand out a ruby red dagger to someone we trust, but this person may not appreciate the value of the dagger and accidentally stab us and betray our confidence. We can hand out diamond encrusted daggers to lovers. People we love so much that we would walk through fire for them. However this exposes a weakness for them to later exploit once the relationship is over. Then we find the dagger that was handed out in love is later laced with poison.
Once you’ve been stabbed as many times as I have you learn to keep more things to yourself!
Learn from Hezekiah. Be selective about who you show your treasures.
Ecc 5:2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thy heart be hasty to utter anything before God; for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.
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