12 And the Lord, Yahveh of armies, called on that day for weeping and mourning, and for baldness and sackcloth girding. 13 But see! Joy and gladness, the killing of an ox and the slaughtering of a sheep, the eating of meat and the drinking of wine! “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!” 14 And it was revealed to my ears by Yahveh of armies: “This sin will absolutely not be atoned for you until you die!” says the Lord, Yahveh of armies. 15 The Lord, Yahveh of armies, says this: “Go! Go to this steward, to Shebna, who rules over the house: 16 ‘What are you doing here, and who is here with you, that you have cut a grave cutting here for yourself, carving his tomb on the height, a dwelling place for him in the rock? 17 See! Yahveh, about to throw something at you for real, man! And he is about to catch you with a firm grip; 18 he will wind a winding tightly around you like a ball, to a land broad of sides. There you will die, and there you will see the chariots of your splendor, a disgrace to your master’s house! 19 And I will push you from your office, and he will throw you down from your position.
Shebna was a control freak. He had to have everything covered. He was steward over Hezekiah’s household, and apparently ran the palace with skill and had made a reputation for himself. He probably had lobbied for an alliance with Egypt and Assyria, figuring that such an alliance would maintain stability throughout his lifetime. As a way of showing his confidence in the future of his master’s reign, he ordered a tomb for himself, expecting to die with honor at a good old age in Jerusalem. The LORD was watching. He sent word by Isaiah the prophet that Shebna would never use that tomb. The control freak would die in exile in a foreign land. He would be surrounded by chariots of splendor, but not his master’s chariots which he had maintained. He would be thrown down, and lose that office which meant everything to him.
LORD, we surrender our sovereignty and control to you, and seek only the stability of your grace.