‘A fly in the ointment’. In wikipedia we have an explanation to this idiomatic expression: it is a drawback, especially one that was not at first apparent. We can check out the verse from the Book of Ecclesiastes “Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.(Eccl.10:1).” a foolish conduct by King Hezekiah brings a far disproportionate consequence to his kingdom, his future and not to mention what God had done for him in the past. Ahaz was foolish to seek help from King of Assyria while he with a friendly gesture hoped to keep the royal house of Babylon favorable to him. In statecraft it is a dictum that no nation can preserve their best interests by letting others know what these are. Bismarck in the dog-eat-dog world of dirty politics of his times viewed every other nation as a potential threat. For him only a policy of blood and iron mattered. It holds also true for a child of God who has been redeemed by the blood of Jesus,- every other who does not share the same values is a potential threat. Knowing the times he has to walk circumspectly. ” Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:(1 Pe.5:8; 2 Pe.3:3)” In the first Psalm we have been warned not to sit company with scoffers who never wastes time without making godliness seem foolish. Bad company corrupts manners.
Hezekiah made a display of all his wealth to the embassy of the Babylonian King which in modern parlance is what prosperity theology is all about. The ministers of God the practitioners of prosperity theology want others to know their brand of gospel. It is not of learning of the risen Christ or his obedience, his humility but glory of filthy lucre. They seem to say,’Because God was pleased to give us wealth let us witness in what wonderful ways God can provide us’. Hezekiah’s unwise conduct made his past piety to none effect. God had given , a new lease of life. He would console still foolishly,’For there shall be peace and truth in my days(v.8)’.
Yet his future was in shambles. His sons were later destined to be dragged off to Babylon to serve as eunuchs in the royal palace.
At that time Merodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah: for he had heard that he had been sick, and was recovered.
2 And Hezekiah was glad of them, and shewed them 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.
3 Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country unto me, even from Babylon.
4 Then said he, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All that is in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.
5 Then said Isaiah to Hezekiah, Hear the word of the Lord of hosts:
6 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store until this day, shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the Lord.
7 And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.
8 Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, Good is the word of the Lord which thou hast spoken. He said moreover, For there shall be peace and truth in my days.