The Lust of a King: Remembered by man, forgiven by God.
I’m standing on the remnant of a pillar in what remains of the Pool of Siloam. This is the place where we remember King David’s sinning heart as he gazed upon a woman bathing. He carried out his desires as only a king could. She was brought to him. A murder was ordered. A prophet was sent, then remorse set in. A father lost his baby. A king cried.
David’s sins were forgiven, but left for us to see. God was hoping to prevent more tears. We may not be kings, yet we are all plagued by the presence of sin. The consequences of carrying out sin’s encouragements will always have negative repercussions. Loosing a job, a friend, a child, a husband or wife is the price God wants us to avoid. Simple as that. Oh, and He wants us to know that He forgives.
Another King passed by the Pool of Siloam.
He saw a man blind from birth. A lesson came to mind when asked, “Who sinned?” Jesus answered, “No one!” God caused his blindness so that we could see. (John 9:1-3) It was an opportunity for Jesus to display the works of God in him. With spit He made mud, rubbed it into blind eyes and told him to go wash off….in the Pool of Siloam.
The lesson Jesus taught was this; “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:4-5) Jesus was talking to disciples. We must work the work of our Father. The time will come when we will no longer be able.
Getting Around to King Hezekiah.
The tunnel behind me was built by King Hezekiah to bring water to Jerusalem. He was preparing for a siege by the King of Assyria. It was carved from Gihon Springs to the Pool of Siloam under the city of David through 1,750′ of bedrock. With a team at each end they were able to meet at the middle.
The siege began and the Assyrian king mocked the Lord God. To frighten God’s people he wrote these words. “Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you saying, Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.” He had conquered the gods of other nations. Why would this be any different?
King Hezekiah prayed. “Now, O Lord our God, I pray, deliver us from his hand that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, O Lord, are God.” (2 Kings 19:19) In answer to prayer God gave a message to the prophet Isaiah meant for the Assyrian King.
“Have you not heard? Long ago I did it; From ancient times I planed it. Now I have brought it to pass, ……. But I know your sitting down, And your going out and your coming in, And your raging against Me. Because of your raging against Me, and because your arrogance has come up to My ears, Therefore I will put My hook in your nose, And My bridle in your lips, And I will turn you back by the way which you came.” (2 Kings 19: 25,27-28)
Gathering thoughts from the deeds of a King and the Pool of Siloam.
That night 185,000 Assyrians died by the hand of the angel of the Lord. Their king fled home and was assasinated by one of his own. Hezekiah’s Tunnel is a reminder to me that trust must be placed in God who honors His word. Though the tunnel was a thoughtful effort, it was prayer that saved Hezekiah. God did it!
Have you not heard that God did His planning in ancient times and that it will be brought to pass. He knows us through and through. And is pleased with those who believe in Him.