Hezekiah, king of Judah, had two stewards, Sebna and Eliakim.
The name “Sebna” means “young”, “vigorous”, someone self-confident, almost self-sufficient.
Already “Eliakim” means “Whom God raises, establishes, and sustains.” Whenever his name appears in the Scriptures, we find the name of his father Hilquias, which means “My portion is the Lord”.
The position of the butler of the King should be occupied by someone of total trust. Someone who would never dare to steal any of his master’s good. No one is better than someone who had the character of Hilquias, who did not fill his eyes with anything the king possessed. Someone capable of saying “My portion is the Lord”.
Paul says that “stewards are required to be faithful” (1 Cor. 4: 1). A faithful steward is one who puts his master’s interests above his own, who watches over his master’s assets as if they were his own. Selena is the unfaithful servant, reproved by his master. Eliakim, on the other hand, is the faithful servant, the one to whom the king can entrust the keys to all rooms in the palace.
In Isaiah 22: 15-19 we read a serious warning that God gives to steward Senna:
“Thus says the Lord God of hosts: Come, go to this administrator, Sebna, the butler, and say to him: What are you doing here, and who gave you permission to dig a grave here? Digging your grave high, carving in the rock dwelling for yourself! Caution! The Lord will throw you violently, O strong man, and will surely seize you. It will roll you up like a ball, and throw you into a spacious country. There you will die, and there the cars of your glory will remain, O you, the reproach of your lord’s house. I will resign you from your post, and I will tear you out of your position ”.
Senna’s concern was to secure his future, to build a home for himself. Little did he know he was digging his own grave. All the cars and riches that he had accumulated would be of no use when God’s judgment affected him. Ironically, God calls him a “strong man”, which is one of the meanings of his name. It would be turned into a ball, rolling down the cliff.
In contrast, the Lord says of Eliakim:
“On that day I will call my servant Eliakim, the son of Hilquias, and I will put him on your tunic, and I will gird you with your belt, and I will give your dominion into your hands, and you will be like a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah. I will drive it like a nail in a firm place; as a throne of honor he will be for his father’s house. All the glory of your father’s house will hang on it; the branches and the descendants, all the smaller vessels, from the bowls to the jars ” (Isaiah 22: 20-24).
“Eliakim, son of Hilkiah”, that is, “the one that God sustains” is the result of a conscience that says “my portion is the Lord”. The Lord promises to give you a tunic, a belt, and a key, both of which are symbols of your authority. The tunic points to prophetic authority. Prophets commonly wore a robe, which identified them among the crowd. The belt points to the priestly office. And the key represents the king’s authority. The figure of Eliakim represents Christ himself. He “has the key to David. What opens, and nobody closes and closes, and nobody opens ” (Rev.3: 7). He receives dominion, and rises as“ father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem ”. He takes care of all the smaller pots, from the bowls to the jars.
All the glory of His Father’s house was hung in Him. He is a throne of honor for His Father’s house. There is no doubt that this text speaks of Christ. He has the master key to the royal palace. He has access to all the riches of the Father and reveals them to anyone he wants. He declared: “Everything for my Father was given to me; and no one knows who the Son is, except the Father, nor who the Father is, except the Son and the one to whom the Son wants to reveal him ” (Luke 10:22) If He opens a door, there is no one who can close it. But if He closes, no one can break it. What’s in the rooms of the Palace of the King of Kings?
“May there be peace within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces” (Psalm 122: 7)
A peace that exceeds human understanding, and that the world cannot give. Prosperity that goes beyond material possessions.
Paul also reveals to us what lies behind the doors of the royal palace:
“O depth of riches, both of wisdom and of the knowledge of God! How unfathomable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! Who understood the Lord’s mind? Or who was your advisor? Or who gave it to him first, that he might be rewarded? Because of him and for him and for him are all things. So glory to him forever. Amen ” (Rom.11: 33-36).
How to have access to all this? How to enjoy such a treasure trove of knowledge and wisdom? Christ has the key to David! Or: Christ is the Key! It is in Him that “all the treasures of wisdom and science are hidden” (Col. 2: 3).
And why did the Father entrust Him with the Kingdom’s master key?
Because “Your portion was the Lord.” He himself said in prayer to the Father: “Everything I have is yours, and everything you have is mine” (John 17: 10). He was “Hilquias’ son”!
He was Eliakim, the one the Father supports. He said: “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to do his work” (Jn.4: 34). He was not concerned with accumulating earthly goods, nor with fame or recognition. He had a schedule to follow. Fulfilling His mission was His absolute priority. Therefore, the Father has entrusted the keys of the Kingdom to Him. Best of all, He is willing to share these keys with His people.
The words were spoken to Peter also apply to each of us:
“And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loosen on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19).
It is the fact that we have the keys to the Kingdom, which gives us the authority to switch on and off, that is, to lock and unlock. Therefore, the keys of the Kingdom were not entrusted to Peter, as Catholic theology argues, but to all God’s people.
“Truly I say to you, whatever you connect on earth will be connected in heaven, and whatever you disconnect on earth will be disconnected in heaven. I also tell you that if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask for, it will be granted to you by my Father, who is in heaven ”(Matthew 18: 18-19).
We don’t need to claim anything. Our relationship with God is not the union, but filial. We don’t have to decree, order, but just ask, and agree with each other’s requests.
We have the password that opens all the treasures of heaven. And the password is the name of Jesus. He is the one who guarantees: “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14: 13). But in order for us to enjoy full access to heavenly treasures, we must manifest the character of Eliakim, not Senna. He has to be our portion! He has to be the one who sustains us with His Word.
“If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want, and it will be done to you” (John 15: 7).