"What have they seen in thine house?"
Written by Jay Yeager
Friday, 12 July 2013 18:38


“What have they seen in thine house?”

(Isaiah 39:4)


     There is a background to this question, namely, the declaration made to king Hezekiah by the prophet Isaiah. “Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live” (Isaiah 38:1).

     The old question surfaces here: Is it better to know in advance that death is coming? Or is it better to die sudden, and unexpectedly? In the case of Hezekiah the question is only an intellectual one, for death is not as inevitable as it seems.

     King Hezekiah, sick in bed when Isaiah delivers the news, turns his face to the wall and prays unto God (Isaiah 38:2-3). God hears the prayer of king Hezekiah and sends Isaiah a second time with a message vastly different. “I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years” (Isaiah 38:5).

     In short, because of the prayer of Hezekiah God had a change of heart and extended Hezekiah’s life by fifteen years. That should forever prove that predestination is completely false. The events, choices and outcomes of a person’s life are not set in stone. There is a freedom to choose (Joshua 24:15; Deuteronomy 30:15; 19; Jeremiah 21:8).

     Isaiah chapter 39 opens with the king of Babylon sending letters and a gift at the news of king Hezekiah’s recovery. Isaiah comes to king Hezekiah a third time, on this occasion with a question. “What have they seen in thine house” (Isaiah 39:4)? King Hezekiah answers, “All that is in mine house have they seen”.

     Beloved, what would people see in our house if they saw all that is in our house? Not what we want them to see, or allow them to see, but a view behind closed doors. The same view that God has (Job 34:21; Psalms 139:7-12; Hebrews 4:13).


     Would they see an open Bible? We have a friend in Kansas who would go see her grandmother, and there was always an open Bible sitting on the table, giving the impression that it was being studied daily. The only problem was that over the years, it was always open to the same page!

  1. Who does God want to hear his word (Jeremiah 22:29)? ___________________
  2. How many people does Jesus want to hear the gospel (Mark 16:15-16)? ______
  3. Whose responsibility is it to carry the message (Ephesians 3:10-11)? _________
  4. Are Christians responsible for the outcome (II Corinthians 2:15-17)? __________
  5. How do we meet God’s approval (II Timothy 2:15)? _______________________
  6. What happens when God’s people do not study (Hosea 4:6)? ________________
  7. What can the scriptures do for us (II Timothy 3:15)? _______________________
  8. What does God want all men to come to (I Timothy 2:4)? ___________________
  9. What made the Bereans noble (Acts 17:11)? ______________________________
  10. Is every Christian required to travel from milk to meat (Hebrews 5:12-14)? _____
  11. Are Christians to try the spirits (I John 4:1)? _______________
    1. How can we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error (I John 4:1-6)? _________________________________________________________
  12. What is the word of God to a Christian (Ephesians 6:17)? _________________
    1. Can one be a soldier in the cause of Christ and be unarmed? _________

Would they see a wholesome environment?

     The home built by God (Psalms 127:1) is intended to be a safe haven from the world. The pressure and temptations family members face as they go through their daily lives should stop at the front door.

     The media (if allowed) will invade our homes carrying their own brand of immorality. Television and internet are in most homes, how much they influence the thinking and actions of our families will depend upon what we permit them to carry into our living rooms.

     The effect of Hollywood on the American family can be clearly seen in the acceptance of immorality as a normal part of life. Affairs, living together, premarital sex are painted as acceptable in our society in many of the shows that are aired. Programs where near nudity, or even nudity is on display is so common place folks are conditioned to be beyond shock. Even survival shows, for instance “naked and afraid” in which two complete strangers (a male and a female) are placed nude in a situation requiring team work to survive. Who would have ever imagined that???

     Just today I received an email saying “Married and lonely? Meet real cheating mates in your area, no strings attached”

1.      What does the Bible say (I Timothy 2:9)? ________________________

2.      What about looking (Matthew 5:28)? ___________________________

3.      What is not even once to be name among us (Ephesians 5:3)? ____________


     Drinking alcohol: “Grab all the gusto!” “Less filling, great taste!” “What does the most interesting man in the world drink?” Advertisement after advertisement puts a happy face on drinking alcohol. When the world promotes social practices, Christians need to look to the scriptures. What are the six burning questions of Proverbs 23:29?

1.      _____________________________________________________________

2.      _____________________________________________________________

3.      _____________________________________________________________

4.      _____________________________________________________________

5.      _____________________________________________________________

6.      _____________________________________________________________

     Proverbs 23:30-35 answers those questions. Every Christian needs to list in their Bible the following verses: Genesis 9:20-25; 19:31-38; Isaiah 5:11-12; 21-23; 28:7; Proverbs 23:29-35; I Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21; Leviticus 10:9-10).


     Homosexuality: Those engaged in this practice as well as those who defend them, do not use the word “homosexuals”, they want “gay” to be used. Here is why. Gay becomes a class of people. It takes attention away from what they do, (sex with the same gender) and puts them in a group. A group they claim is being discriminated against. Those who question the morality of their way of life are viscously attacked. Risking that attack, what does God say?

  1. Leviticus 18:22; 20:13? _______________________________________
  2. Romans 1:21-28? ____________________________________________
  3. II Peter 2:6 __________________________________________________
  4. Jude 7 _______________________________________________________

 Would they see a home ruled by love?

Love for God. “Master, which is the great commandment in the Law? Jesus said unto him, thou shalt love the ________ thy God with all thy ___________, and with all thy ____________, and with all thy _____________. This is the ________ and _____________ commandment” (Matthew 22:36-38).


“For this is the love of ________, that we keep _________ _________________: and his commandments are not _________________” (I John 5:3).


Love for others: What is a husband commanded to do (Ephesians 5:25)? _________

What is a wife commanded to do (Titus 2:4)? _____________________. The principles of love:

“Charity (love) suffereth long, and is kind (in other words love last), charity (love) envieth not (not jealous), love vaunteth not itself (does not brag), is not puffed up (with pride or arrogance), doth not behave itself unseemly (the conduct of love), seeketh not her own (not selfish), is not easily provoked (does not make one cranky), thinketh no evil (not suspicious), Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth (no joy in Demas II Timothy 4:10, much joy when people walk in truth III John 4); Beareth all things (endures without complaint), believeth all things (looks for good), hopeth all things (optimistic), endureth all things (suffer with patience). Love never fails….” (I Corinthians 13:4-8).

 A happy home?

  1. Does the joy of Christianity begin when a person is baptized into Christ (Acts 8:35-39)? ____________________________________________________
  2. Can circumstances rob a Christian of that joy (Acts 16:19-25)? ______________________________________________________________
  3. What is the source of joy that Christians have?
    1. I John 1:1-4 ___________________________________
    2. John 13:20 ____________________________________
    3. I John 1:1-3 ___________________________________
  4. Can the world rob a Christian of that joy (John 16:22)? ___________________

Not all homes are happy places. Nabal and Abigail had wealth but little else:

1. The man (I Samuel 25:3). 2. The attitude (I Samuel 25:10-11). 3. The response (I Samuel 25:13-14).  4. A protecting wife (I Samuel 25:18-19), that does not excuse the actions of her husband (I Samuel 25:25-26). 5. The gratitude of David (I Samuel 25:32-35). 6. You reap what you sow (I Samuel 25:36-38).

A contented home? “Godliness with contentment is great ______” (I Timothy 6:6). “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content” (Philippians 4:11). “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5).

Not all homes are content; the sad story of Achan. The command - the first fruits of Jericho belonged to God (Joshua 6:19). The violation (Joshua 7:21). Question, would Achan have been satisfied with what he had taken (Ecclesiastes 5:10)? ____________

Would they see a working home? 

Many religious bodies have the Maynard G. Krebbs mentality when it comes to the word “WORK!!!” They have been convinced that work means the same thing as earn, and you cannot earn your salvation.


While it is certainly true that no person can work hard enough to merit, or deserve heaven, for all have sinned (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23) and are in need of the redeeming blood of Christ (I Peter 1:18-19; Revelation 1:5). Now having said that, a non-working faith is not really faith at all (James 2:18; 24; 26):


When a person does what God commands them to do, are they earning their way to heaven? In other words could they say unto God “I deserve to be in heaven” (Luke 17:10)? ________________________________________________________________________


1.      When Paul prayed to God concerning the brethren at Thessalonica, what did he remember always (I Thessalonians 1:2-3)? _________________________

2.      In Christ neither circumcision nor uncircumcision availed anything, but what did matter (Galatians 5:6)? ______________________________________

3.      Where does the work begin (Acts 2:40; Philippians 2:12)? ______________

a.       Can you help someone see the need of salvation if you are lost? _____

4.      What are Christians called to (Matthew 20:1-16)? ________________ Note the Jewish day began at 6:00 a.m. and ended at 6:00 p.m.

5.      Is there a day when our efforts are revealed (Matthew 25:14-30)? _________

a.       What happens if we are idle (Matthew 25:24-30)? _______________

6.      Did Jesus work (John 9:4; 4:34)? ____________________________

a.       If Jesus thought working for the Father was becoming in him, how could one think it is unbecoming in them?

7.      Why did Jesus want us to shine as lights unto the world (Matthew 5:16)? __________________________________________________________

8.      What are Christians to abound in (I Corinthians 15:57-58)? ___________________________________________________________

9.      What does the parable of the fig tree teach us (Luke 13:6-9)? ____________

10.  What did Jesus say unto each of the seven churches of Asia Minor:

a.       The church at Ephesus (Revelation 2:2)?  ____________________

b.      The church at Smyrna (Revelation 2:9)? _____________________

c.       The church at Pergamos (Revelation 2:13)? ___________________

d.      The church at Thyatira (Revelation 2:19)? ____________________

e.       The church at Sardis (Revelation 3:1)? _______________________

f.        The church at Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7)? __________________

g.       The church at Laodicea (Revelation 3:14)? ____________________

11.  What is every Christian, and how do they fit into the body (Ephesians 4:15-16)? ________________________________________________________

12.  Will God ever forget our work for the kingdom (Hebrews 6:10)? _______

Would they see a home where heaven is the goal?

I want to cover this question in three parts - one negative and two positive.

Heaven is limited: Not because of God (John 3:16; I Timothy 2:4; II Peter 3:9), but man’s refusal to hear and obey.

  1. The “I think (believe)” philosophy, as though man sets the standard of what is and is not acceptable to God (Proverbs 14:12; Jeremiah 10:23). I know folks do not like to hear it, but that is the old mule mentality (Psalms 32:8-9).
  2. No one will accidentally end up in heaven (Isaiah 35:8; Matthew 7:13-14). One must strive to enter in the strait and narrow way (Luke 13:24).
  3. Christ is the Saviour of the world (John 4:42; I John 4:14), all must obey him (Hebrews 5:9). Each person must: Hear (Romans 10:17), Believe (Mark 16:15-16), Repent (Luke 13:3; 5), Confess Christ (Matthew 10:32-33), Be baptized for the remission of past sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16).
 Heaven was the goal of some who lived under the Old Testament:

1.      Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Sarah were people of great faith (Hebrews 11:8-16). “But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city” (Hebrews 11:16).

2.      Moses adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter had all the advantages of Egypt (Acts 7:21-22) and willingly walked away from them. “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward” (Hebrews 11:24-26).

3.      Job knew that physical death was not the end, that he would rise from the dead to see his Redeemer with his own eyes (Job 14:12-13 see II Peter 3:10; Daniel 12:2; John 5:28-29; Job 19:25-27).

Heaven is the goal of some who live under the New Testament: None of us have ever seen heaven, but there were three who did. One completely, and two were given partial glimpses that created a longing in them.

1.      Jesus left the richness of heaven so that you and I might be made rich (II Co 8:9). He endured the cross despising the shame, for the joy that was set before him (Hebrews 12:2). That joy was two-fold: 1. That he himself might return to the grandeur of heaven. 2. That he would bring many sons into glory, being the Captain of their salvation (Hebrews 2:10).

2.      John was so overwhelmed by the view of heaven he was given (Revelation 4:1ff) that he momentarily forgot himself (Revelation 22:8-9), but after the sights he was privileged to see he would pen this “…Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).

3.      Paul was taken into the third heaven and heard things he was not permitted to utter (II Corinthians 12:2-4), but after that view he longed to depart this world (Philippians 1:21; 23).

Heaven is real and obtainable (Romans 8:18; Revelation 14:13). The absolute beauty is described in Revelation 21:10-27; 22:1-6).