Hope in God☑️, not in Man❌
👉 Shebna, the prime minister of Judea, is a high-office holder.
👉He violated the trust of his stewardship as the Master of the Palace.
👉 According to Isaiah’s charge, he used the role, to advance his own agenda and make his mark on history.
👉 Isaiah prophesied that God will toss him aside like a filthy rag.
👉God will give his office to another, who will truly act as a father to the people.
👉* But even that godly man will not be able to save the nation single-handedly*.
👉 Though godly men are a sign of hope, they are not to be our hope.
👉We are to Hope in God and not in man
I. A MAN OF WRONG PRIORITIES 15-19.
📍As it is typical of God, He will not allow His people to escape from Him and most especially when they wish to avoid Him.
📍We will always be better served, by remaining in God’s will, than by trying to establish a life, separate from Him.
📍The Bible tells us that true honor and glory are gifts of God.
📍As a consequence of Shebna’s prideful attempt to raise himself up,
he would lose his position over the king’s house.
II. THE RAISING UP OF GOD’S MAN, 20-24.
📌In verses 20-24 the focus shifts to Eliakim, Shebna’s successor.
📌It was out of this experience that the longing for the Messiah came.
📌 Eliakim’s responsibility in advising and protecting the Davidic line is seen in verse 22.
📌The key represents position and authority to make decisions.
📌* This trust Jesus showed His disciples* in Matthew 16:19. “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”
📌* Similar words are spoken by the Spirit about Christ Himself in Rev. 3:7*.
📌 His power in the kingdom of heaven, and in the ordering of all the affairs of that kingdom, is absolute, irresistible, and uncontrollable.
📌 Verse 23- “I will drive him like a peg in a firm place, And he will become a throne of glory to his father’s house.
III. THE INSUFFICIENCY OF GOD’S MAN, 25.
🖍In verse 25, the virtually irremovable large peg, built into the wall will gives way, under the load.
🖍Over and over Isaiah says that any deliverance from man, any man, even a capable and godly, is only temporary.
🖍Even as a “steward” of the Lord, Eliakim is a human being in whom the children of Israel cannot put their ultimate trust.
💥We refuse to trust God and instead deify human leaders in the hope that they can save us.
💥Inevitably, we must be disappointed, as Judah was.
💥Our only true hope is in God.
💥Our Lord Jesus is the One who has the keys who opens and no one can shut.
💥He and He alone opens the way to our Father’s House and to all eternity for us.
In whom are you placing your hope?
🔖 In CHRIST?
🔖 In yourself?
🔖 In some other human?