Monday, December 6, 2010
The Biblical Principle of OPSEC
This morning, as I read my Bible, I made a startling discovery. The Bible, in the book of Isaiah, makes a case for Operational Security.
Now, in my feeble thinking, I always equated OPSEC with military maneuvers. Little did I know this concept had its origins in the Old Testament.
I was reading the account of King Hezekiah in Isaiah 38. He had suffered an illness unto death and Isaiah went to him and told him to put his house in order because he would die. But Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall and began to pray. He reminded God that he had walked before Him with a perfect heart and had done that which was good in God's sight and he wept sore. God then spoke to Isaiah, saying that He had heard Hezekiah's prayer and seen his tears and would add 15 years unto his days! What an incredible story!
Now for Chapter 39:
At that time Merodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letter and a present to Hezekiah: for he had heard that he had been sick, and was recovered.
And Hezekiah was glad of them, and shewed them the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all him dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.
Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country unto me, even from Babylon.
Then said he, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All that is in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.
Then said Isaiah to Hezekiah, Hear the word of the Lord of hosts:
Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store until this day, shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the Lord.
And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.
Wow. I was stunned to say the least. Here, good king Hezekiah made the mistake of showing the sons of the Babylon king his treasures, his stores of goods. He blew is operational security. He lost his kingdom over this one indiscretion! Not only were all of his treasures carried away, his sons were taken to become eunuchs in the palace at Babylon!
If there ever was a call to be discreet about what you have in your storehouse and what your armouries contain - this is it. Use wisdom when talking about your preparedness efforts. In your desire to help others prepare, maintain a healthy level of security regarding the state of your own house. Don't blow your OPSEC. Both you and your children may pay the consequences!
Beware of the sons of Babylon bearing gifts!